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Tips + Tricks for Painting the Perfect Stripes

This time last week I was just about to jump into the foyer remodel.  I was picking up the paint + supplies, removing everything from the space, and getting the walls prepped.

A color was chosen.  The walls were spackled, sanded, and painted.  Then last the stripes were added.

Straight Stripes.
Crisp Stripes.
Perfect Stripes.

I am actually really impressed with myself on how straight the stripes turned out.

Here is the result…

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Now a week later, other than the styling + accessories, the space is complete. {big sigh of relief}…

But taking a step back, I learned alot about painting stripes.  There are many tutorials out there – I’m sure if you google it, you will find plenty –  and instead of giving you a step-by-step, I thought I’d simply give you the 411 on what worked and why.  Ready for it???

Trick 1.

The # of stripes.  Start out by determining how wide + how many stripes you want on the wall.   I wanted to go wide (somewhere between 10-12″ wide) + I wanted an odd number of dark stripes (for some reason odd numbered things appeal to the eye better), so I created a simple drawing of my wall.

The paintable wall (excluding the base moulding) measured =  93.5″.  I divided 93.5 by 9 (because I wanted 9 equal stripes) = 10.38. So each stripe resulted about 10-3/8″ wide.

Are you with me?  

Here’s a picture…

How To Determine Stripe Width + Tips  and Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripesI hope I didn’t lose you. Stick with me.

Trick 2.

So you got your stripe width figured out.

The next step is to make the stripes.  I went with the simplest technique for creating the stripes No nifty gadgets or gizmos were used, but instead just an ordinary, everyday tape measure.  Yup, I’ve got about a half dozen lying around.

Starting at the ceiling (that’s key – don’t start from the floor), I measured down about 10-3/8″ and made a mark with my pencil about every 20″ across the wall.

Then I connected the dots.  I lined up the tape with the first dot at the left wall edge, then continued across the wall meeting each dot.  It was fairly simple.  Once the tape was in place, I checked that the tape read 10-3/8″ all the way across.

When measuring stripes for the wall, always measure from the ceiling down.

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

For this project, I used 3M painters tape.  I’ve used it before when painting the stripes in my son’s room & I have also tried FrogTape when creating the chalkboard wall for the CCC.  To be honest, I feel both are equal.  Both have a magical “formula” to keep the paint from supposedly seeping under the tape.  I don’t think that it works incredibly (but I have a another trick for that), so overall, I don’t prefer one more over the other.  Both do the job.  But, I will say, don’t cheap out (like I have in the past) and buy a generic painters tape.  IT. WON’T. STICK. TO. THE. WALL.  Go with the good stuff… 3M or Frogtape!

Trick 3.

So this is the best trick of ALL!!  The true way to achieving the most crisp, perfect striped lines with NO SEEPAGE under the tape is to “seal it”.  It sounds harder than it is.  After you’ve painted, use a brush to paint over the tape edge on the side you plan on painting the striped color (on my wall it was the dark color).   READ: ***Don’t paint the edge of the tape that is staying the background color because you will get a line after the tape is removed.

Then “burnish” (push hard) the tape into the wall so it makes a good seal.

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

To help with remembering which side was which, I added a small piece of tape to the stripes that weren’t changing…  the background color.

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Then came the paint.  I’m sure you know how to do that.  No trick there…

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Last and final tip…

Trick 4.

After the second coat of paint remove the tape.  Yes, while the paint is still wet.

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripessorry for the mucky picture, it was late at night when I took these pictures.

And you’re done.  Those are the 4 easy tricks + tips I have for painting stripes on walls.

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Fairly manageable, right?  So do you think you would try stripes now?

Have you ever seen the stripes I painted onto window curtain panels?  They are still my most favorite curtain panel to date…

How to add stripes to a curtain panel using paint

Anyway, let’s get back to my foyer.  Want to see more pictures of the crisp, straight, and incredibly perfect lines?

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

Tips + Tricks for painting straight, crisp, perfect stripes

And there you have it.  The crispest lines you’ve ever seen and it was so easy. Are you ready to paint stripes on your walls?  I’m thrilled with the result.

I have a few things I just ordered to finish up this space.  Here’s a peak…

With the new gold gorgeousness, a.k.a. the new gold dresser, these new elements are going to be just right to finish up the space.

Once they arrive, I will share the big reveal.  Until then, be sure to get your stripe on this weekend.

Where are you going to add stripes?  Do you have stripes in your home already?

DIY: How To Paint Stripes and Product Review of U-Stripe It

Not too long ago I wrote an article for Build Direct on adding stripes into your decor.  Ever since, I’ve had the longing urge to add stripes SOMEPLACE in my home.  I recently made some new pillows for my family room and chose a fabric with stripes, but that wasn’t enough.  I truly envisioned making a bold statement, but just wasn’t sure where.  Until…

…I decided to makeover my son’s room which was a home goal of mine for 2012.  It was the perfect spot to make dramatic focal wall with STRIPES!

We started off by taking apart his bunkbeds (which you can see in this post), so he now has two twin beds in his room. We removed the train table, which he was getting a little too old for (his words, not mine) and in the midst of furniture rearranging to create my new office space, I gave him one of the desks that I was no longer using.  ‘This desk’ has been desperately waiting patiently for a makeover for a LONG TIME and now that it finally has a home, it’s time. {sigh}

Thankfully to my generous friends at U-Stripe It, they made my life alot easier to tackle my idea for adding stripes to the wall.  Because the wall was already painted (Benjamin Moore – Puritan Gray), I was able to jump right in and start painting the stripes.  For fun stripes, I used denim blue, rustic deep red, and crisp wintry white. There was no rhyme or reason to my stripe layout, but before I started, I sketched this quick drawing as a vision for what I wanted to create.

From U-Stripe It, I received everything I needed to create my stripes, including their handy-dandy Paint Tool, a roll of 3M Painters tape, two levels, and 3M Command Mounting Strips.

Once I was ready to start my stripes, I added the mounting strip to the back of the U-Stripe It Paint Tool, positioned it horizontally on the wall, and locked it in place.

I then added the painters tape along the edges of the tool and continued it across the wall.

In about 30 minutes, I had completed making my stripes on the wall…

…And I was ready to paint. {WARNING: these pictures aren’t so pretty since I was painting fairly late in the evening once the kiddos were asleep.  And NO, I was NOT painting over my son’s head – he was fast asleep in another room}

Once the painting was complete, it was time to do the unveiling!

What a difference the room looks.  A simply added touch, truly makes for a huge impact.

Over the two beds will be black and white pictures of my little boy (which I still have to do).  I moved the vintage airplanes (which I purchased from Home Goods years ago) over the dresser instead of  over his head (not a good place if one ended up snapping off the fishing line and falling on his head during the night).  I also handmade a sign with his name and traits – this was probably the most difficult project I’ve ever created, but I kept with it and in the end, am really happy with the result. Lastly, the dresser he’s had for a few years and was purchased from Ikea.

There is still some work to be done on this room and I wouldn’t dare show you a picture of the current state that it’s in, but it’s coming along!

Stripes are such a fun and easy way to add some personality to a space. Have you painted stripes in your interiors?

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