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How To Paint A Striped Wall

January 30, 2014
How To Paint A Striped Wall

Striped walls are an easy and practical way to update a space in need of a face lift.

Whether they’re vertical or horizontal, one size or a multitude of size, monochrome or colour, painting stripes on your walls can be tricky, but they are well worth taking the time to do yourself.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to get that perfect straight line for you wall.

How to Paint Stripes Tools

Plan your design while the room is still furnished; it will affect your perception of how wide you want your stripes and where you want them to be.

If you are having trouble, use pieces of paper to help you visualise your stripes in different widths and heights.

1. Clean your walls

Make sure you walls are completely free from dirt and dust.

If you need to fill in any cracks this is the time to do it! A gentle general purpose cleaner will do the job.

2. Protect your room

Move any furnishing away from your walls in the centre of the room or alternatively take them out altogether.

Cover your floor and any other items with a drop sheet to protect them against spills and plaint splatters.

3. Paint your base

The first thing to do, if you are not keeping the colour of your original wall, is to paint your base colour.

It is best to use the lighter colour as your base, unless you are using effect paint on top.

Allow the base paint to dry for 24 hours or as per manufactures instructions.

4. Measure out your stripes

Border your wall with painters tape.

Using this tape that is masking the trim at the bottom of your wall, measure out and mark the width of your stripes onto the tape.

Starting from the middle of the wall, using your spirit level, draw your lines down.

Be sure to keep checking the spirit level is in fact level.

Finish drawing your lines to the top of the ceiling once the whole of the bottom half of the wall is done.

5. Apply your tape

Now that everything is marked, simply put the tape on the left hand side of your markings for the left stripe and on the right hand side if you are doing your right stripes.

Using smaller strips of tape will mean you have more control over the straightness of your lines.

Press down the edges of your tape with a putty knife to ensure there is no bleeding of your paint.

6. Time to paint

Make sure you thoroughly mix your paint before you use it.

Put it into a paint container and using a roller or a brush, paint in between your marking!

You will need to paint a little over the tape to get that straight line effect. Once your first layer of paint has dried, go for your second.

7. Removing the tape

When the paint is touch dry, slowly peel back your tape at a 45 degree angle. If there any bleeds from your work, simply patch them up very carefully with a small paint brush.

And voila! You will have perfectly straight lines on your wall.

Now time to shop for your paint! Hmmm....what colour?!