Painting a striped wall is easy and can add a big bang to a room for little money. I’m going to show you how to make sure it’s level and what painters tape I feel is the best to use for less mess and touch ups.
Paint the base coat on your walls and I recommend waiting at least 24 hours before you paint your stripes so the base coat doesn’t peel when you apply your tape. There are 2 ways to make sure you paint level stripes, one is with a laser level as you see below. The other is by measuring down from your ceiling with a yardstick around the room. As you can see here I used a laser level and put the tape along the line. The good thing with laser level is that you can see the laser going around a corner so taping is much faster.
To paint stripes on the wall, I left 6 inches between the tape lines. Before you start painting use a plastic scraper or putty knife to run along the tape lines. This will make sure there are no bubbles or pockets for our paint to drip into.
You are ready to paint your lines and there is a proper way to do this. The first step is to paint horizontaly along your tape lines this will help seal the tape line to prevent dripping. Just ignore the fact that I bought the wrong size roller but it worked just fine.
Next paint vertically between the lines to fill them in. Paint two coats so your stripe is solid. I used Valspar Paint and Primer in one from Lowe’s, it’s low oder and no VOC’s.
When you are done pull the tape off immediately do not wait for the paint to dry or it may peel your paint off. To prevent drips that may be from escess on yoru tape pull the tape toward the paint line as shown in the bottom picture below. Pulling away from the tape may peel some off and cause drips.
Next I painted a smaller line of dark grey on top to tie it in with the painted fan and curatins. For this I decided to use Scotch Brand tape with Edge lock because of the width and at the time my hardware store did not carry frog tape in the right width. It allowed me to just tape along the top of the red stripe using it as a guide instead of using the laser level. This made a 3rd stripe of the base color between my two stripes.
I made the red stripe six inches and the dark grey line was one and a half inches.Paint using the same paint procedure as above. Once I pulled off the blue tape I knew it was a mistake. This is the reason I will only use Frog Tape in the future!
Scotch Blue has always been an industry standard but I was stunned at the difference in how clean the lines were with the Frog Tape. I had to tediously go along the dark grey line with a small paintbrush and touch up the dark grey lines, luckily I have a steady hand to do so which was more than frustrating. I declare Frog Tape is the clear winner and time saver when painting!
If you’d like to see how the rest of the room turned out and how I painted other accessories to match check out the final room reveal.