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How To Paint Stripes on Walls

By Edited May 21, 2015 0 2

Do you want to make a small room appear more airy? Use narrow and high contrast colored stripes. Use wide and neutral colored stripes to make a small and tight space appear larger.

Things You Will Need

You will need a drop cloth, paint tray, standard roller frame with a 9" roller cover, 2" tapered trim brush, level with a printed ruler, colored pencil to hide stripe measurements against the wall color, and a mini roller frame with a 4" roller cover.

You will also need your base coat paint which is your lead color, the stripe paint you decide on which is your accent color, low-tack painters tape, and stir sticks.

If you are a beginner it should take you about 14 hours to complete a 12 x 12 room with a 8 " ceiling. If you are experienced it should take you about 10 hours.

Step 1

First mask the ceiling, baseboards, and trim with the painters tape. Apply 1 to 2 coats of your base paint on the wall. Leave the tape in place and allow the wall to dry over-night.

Step 2

Measure horizontally by beginning at the top of the wall. Mark every 5 inches with your pencil, moving opposite of the least seen corner and continue around the room. Let the stripe fold around the corner or you can adjust the measurement as necessary to end with the stripe in the corner. If you are doing a room with four adjoining walls, measure the last 4 feet of the wall to fit your space. Continue this and be sure to end with the right colored stripe.

Step 3

To draw vertical lines, extend each stripe vertically with your level and the colored pencil. Be sure you match your colored pencil as close to the walls color as possible.

Step 4

Tape the surface along the outside edges of the marks. Be sure to press the edges of the tape firmly to the wall and remove any air bubbles. You will notice you have two widths of stripes. The wider stripe is the one you want to paint. Make a very light "X" mark on the stripes that should be in the base coat color.

Step 5

Repaint the base coat of the wall color onto the stripe to avoid the accent color from bleeding under the painters tape. Allow the paint to fully dry.

Step 6

With the mini roller, apply the first coat of your accent color. Allow it to dry fully and then apply a second coat if necessary. After the paint is dry you may remove the tape. Continue painting your stripes until you have completed the room. After the last coat of paint is applied you may remove all of the tape.
As you can see, painting stripes on a wall is fairly easy and self-explanatory. It is the measuring of the stripes that is critical for it to be done properly. The majority of your time will be spent measuring and marking your stripes.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to press the tape firmly to wall of the stripes you make. This is very important as it will help the paint not to bleed under the tape and onto your base color.


May 28, 2010 10:34pm
I really don't like to paint but I will definitely consider these tips the next time that I need to update a room with a fresh coat of paint.
Sep 28, 2010 12:16am
Phenomenal article that opened my eyes to the subject! It was well written, and you clearly know what you are talking about.
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