Monday, February 6, 2012

How To Paint A Striped Wall

 This is part of Gavin's big boy room design.

(I'm going to be posting a tutorial on the pillow and headboard soon)

Supplies Needed:
Painters tape
Laser level
Math Skills (you may want to double check with a friend)

First off, start with measuring your wall from top to bottom. I didn't want the stripe to include the baseboard so I subtracted that out. Overall, I had 96" to work with, after taking out the baseboards I was left with 91",  so I did 7 - 13" stripes.

Start with painting the entire wall with the lightest color you are using. It's always  easier to go over a lighter color then a darker one.

Next set up your laser level 13" down from the top, then take the yardstick and pencil and trace along the line all the way across the wall.
 Then grab your tape (it's much easier with two people) and tape over the lines you just made.

Notice how the sections you are going to paint are larger than the other sections. That is because you want to place the tape above the top pencil mark and below the bottom one.

I placed some little tape squares in  the sections I didn't want to paint to make it easier to tell apart. Then paint your darker color.

Pull off the tape before it's dry, that way you'll have a crisp clean line!

Completed project!

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  1. Debbie; Great tutorial...I'm coming over from my blog Larissa Hill Designs from the comment you left about the pillows I featured in my post. Can't wait to see yours. I'm your newest follower. Would love for you to follow back. Heather

  2. Awesome tutorial!!! I'm so excited to be following you, too!!! XO, Aimee

  3. Beautiful job! (I used the same technique in our guest bathroom). At lot of work but so worth it! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! :)

  4. This is gorgeous - I would love to try this - maybe!!

  5. Lovely... What did you use to paint the wall ? Paint brush or rollers ? Neat job :)

    - Somu (Woodooz)

  6. Somu-
    I used a roller, it makes it go sooo much faster!

  7. This looks so lovely! When I first glanced at it I thought "Math Skills" said "Mad Skills". Hehe :) What paint colors did you use? I love them!

  8. oh my gosh!! super fabulous.. This looks awesome!! :-)

  9. haha. Mad skills sounds funnier, maybe I should have used that in the future! We used a white from Lowes and Manchester tan from Benjamin Moore.

  10. Awesome-I'm thinking of doing this in my hallway. If you do the stripes the other way too, you get plaid-I did it in my craft room.

  11. It looks great! I love the colors you used. I'm trying to get up the nerve to paint stripes on the closet doors in the hall.

  12. wow. this is beautiful. and such a great tutorial!!

    i have a creativity party going on at my blog right now; i would love it if you linked up this or any other amazing project you might have!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Looks great! I'm thinking stripes, at least on one wall, when I finally do my sons room:)

  14. Featuring you this morning over on my blog! Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  15. This is so cute. We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  16. I'm planning to paint some horizontal stripes in the hall, so I'm glad to find your post! I love that you put little squares in the areas you didn't want to paint. I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  17. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this!

  18. The striped wall looks perfect! I could never them as good as these! Thank you for sharing at my party!!

  19. Very nice.


  20. Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop!

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