Stripe Wars.

Hi!!! Hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day!!! I sure did!  I wanted to show ya’ll what I’ve been up to. This is one of my favorite projects in my house and I’m super excited about it! So if you hate it, don’t tell me 😉

So, I did it again. I painted stripes on another wall. Not only just stripes again…. Grey and white, horizontal, 9″ stripes. I’m kind of in love with the ones in my living room.

I realized my hallway (right off of my living room) was looking kind of sad. 
It was previously painted with a flat paint and it just wasn’t conducive to messy little hands. If you’ve ever worked with flat paint before, you know it isn’t easy to keep clean. Especially when it is a really light color. My hallway was cream. It was a pretty color but it just wasn’t working with my two kiddos being 3 and under. No matter what, I feel like they always have something on their tiny (chubby!) little hands. 

I decided to paint the hallway a crisp white. I used Behr’s Swiss Coffee. Not only did it make the area look lighter and brighter, it really helped to “clean up” the hallway walls. I loved it. I knew I wanted more though. I’m not one to paint a wall all white and be done. I think we all know that. 😉 So….. I opted for stripes. An obvious choice if you’ve known me for more than 2 seconds. 
I decided that I didn’t want to repaint the entire hall way before we move (since we’re renting) so I only painted the wall that is visible from the living room. I kept the rest of the hallway plain white so I only have to paint over the grey stripes to make it neutral when we move out. 
First, I taped off my wall. 
I wanted to try two different techniques for painting stripes to find the BEST way to get a clean crisp line. I tried the dry brush method I shared with you here.
Then, I tried another method I’ve read about where you tape off your stripes then paint over the edges tape with your base color. See my base color was Swiss Coffee (white) so I taped off my stripes, then painted the soon to be grey stripes with a coat of white. When that dried, I painted the grey right over my base coat. This is supposed to eliminate any obvious bleeding underneath the tape. Basically, if the color bleeds through the tape, it matches the base color so it doesn’t matter, leaving you with a clean crisp line. 
So… dry brush versus base coat method! The verdict….

 Both lines look fan-friggin-tastic! No drips, peeling, bleeding, smudging at all! I say both methods work wonderfully so it is definitely a personal choice. I will likely continue using the dry brush method because I didn’t like having to have get my white paint out and then get the grey out and set up. Just a personal preference but they both work really really well!

PS. This hallway had this old yellowy-white light switch and plate and against the grey and white wall… it wasn’t working. Then, I had a brilliant idea!

Beautimous! I just used a can of white spray paint and painted the switch, plate and screws. My husband couldn’t even believe how painting that old thing made such a big difference. Easy update people!

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    February 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Pretty pretty pretty!!!

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    My name is Rita
    February 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    It looks amazing! I love stripes.

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    February 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Love the stripes! I’m wanting to do this in my LONG, DARK hallway and you have inspired me! I don’t think your landlord is going to want you to remove a thing–you just raised the rental value on this piece of property! It is so cute. Glad I found your blog.

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      February 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      I meant to ask what color gray you used. I am looking for a grey to paint a room with, plus to stripe with.

      Thanks in advance!

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      Classy Clutter
      April 12, 2012 at 5:08 am

      Hi Sunday! SO sorry I just saw this question! I used Glidden Pebble Grey from Wal-Mart! Thanks so much for your sweet comments!

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    February 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Oh this all looks so great! Thanks for sharing! I love that they aren’t overdone.


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    February 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Your living room is beautiful! It looks so relaxing- I love the stripes!!


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    Maury Kilgo
    February 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I love the way it unites the spaces! I think it’s awesome.

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    SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
    February 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

    The stripes look so fresh & clean, love the color combo! 🙂

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    Suzy Home Made
    February 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I totally need to do that to my sockets and switches!

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    We’re obsessed with stripe walls! Next apartment I have, I’m doing the hallway.

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    February 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I love your stripes! Love the colors you choice neutral but awesome. Thanks for sharing the tips for doing them.

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    February 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love those stripes!!!!!!! I wanted to do something like that in my sons room, but well, I was pregnant at the time, so let’s just ay it didn’t happen!! LOL…I am so stealing that spray paint idea for all my ugly yellow switches too!!

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    February 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

    It really does look great! You’ve got my mind going now thinking about some of my hallways… 😉
    Thanks for stopping by today, too!

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    February 19, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Gorgeous! I love that gray color.

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    February 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I love the stripes! They add so much to the hallway! They turned out great, and I love the colors!

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    Andrea @ Decorating Cents
    February 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love the stripes. Where oh where can I paint some stripes in my house?

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    February 21, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Ooooh! LOVE the stripes! I had purple stripes (a gradient) in my bedroom in my last house and I LOVED every minute in it! Really pretty!

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    February 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Looks amazing! Stripes are such an easy way to add high impact!

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    February 22, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Wow, I’m loving the stripes in the hallway and the living room is soo cute!! I love your picture wall with the wall art! I’m pinning this for inspiration for my basement!

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    Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}
    February 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Love the stripes!

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    Brynn and Jared
    February 26, 2012 at 5:40 am

    SO helpful, thank you! I am painting my nursery grey and white STRIPED! Basically exactly like your walls and have been looking for tips, i not only found the tips but the exact wall. How convenient 🙂 Turned out awesome!

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      Classy Clutter
      April 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Thanks Brynn! Good luck on the nursery! My first little boy had stripes in his nursery! 🙂


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    One Creative Housewife
    June 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I loved this post so much I ended up using stripes in my powder room. I also linked to it my post today. http://www.onecreativehousewife.com/2012/06/painting-stripes.html

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    July 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    love love love them looks awesome I had some in my previous apt and now youve made me crave them again lol

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    September 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    How well is the spray painted light switch, plate and screws holding up? I have a house full of the same ugly color you originally had and want to try it if lasts.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      September 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Brandy!

      No scratches of scuffs so far! It’s been 3 years and they’ve held up wonderfully! I kind of forgot that I spray painted them because they just look like they came like that! 🙂

      xoxo – Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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