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How to Measure to Paint Stripes on a Wall

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Would you like to know how to measure to paint stripes on a wall? This process may sound simple, but there IS a trick to it. This article will explain how to measure to paint stripes on a wall that are all exactly the same width, resulting in stripes in 2 different colors. Of course you can then adjust to whatever widths and number of colors you want, just follow the same principles.

Things you need:
•    Paint
•    Measuring tape
•    Painter's tape

Paint the wall all one color. The easiest way to start is to simply paint the whole wall one of the colors. Paint the lighter color first.

Determine how wide your wall is, and how wide the stripes are. To do this, measure your wall, decide approximately how wide you want the strips to be, and divide to find out how many stripes you'll be painting. For example, if your wall is 8 feet, and you want 8 stripes, 8/8 = 1 foot width for each stripe. 

Mark off the stripes at the increments you've chosen. In the above example, mark lightly in chalk at 1 ft., 2 ft., and so on. Do this on the floor as well as the ceiling, because this will help you create straight lines in the following steps.

How to Measure to Paint Stripes on a Wall
Mask off the areas you will NOT be painting with your painter's tape. And here is the step that lots of people make an error in. Use the picture to help you avoid a mistake. If you are planning to paint "stripe B" dark, you need to mask outside of the lines you drew for stripe B. You're leaving stripe C light, so now mask stripe D. Again, you are going to mask outside of the lines that you drew for stripe D. See what happens? It looks wrong, doesn't it? Stripe C looks like it's too skinny. But once the tape comes off, stripe C will still be the light color, and it will be the same width as the darker stripes you're painting on.

To really play it safe, you might even want to put a little dot of paint in each stripe that you plan to paint (that is, stripe B and D). That way when you get started and you start to get into the zone go into painting "autopilot," you will be less likely to accidentally paint in an area that you did not intend. And that's it! Your stripes will all be the same size. Good luck!

Tips & Warnings
•    In step 1, if you plan to have wide blue stripes and thinner white stripes, conserve paint by painting the wall blue, and painting thin white stripes on top.
•    The masking process works for stripes of varying sizes, as well as horizontal or vertical strips.


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