Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Step 2: Determine Your Look
Do you prefer vertical or horizontal stripes? Vertical stripes can make a room with low ceilings feel taller, while horizontal stripes make a small cramped space feel wider and more spacious. This tutorial explains how to paint horizontal stripes.
Step 3: Do the Math
Here’s where things get a little tricky. The spacing of the stripes should be symmetrical. After researching numerous ways to measure for horizontal stripes, I settled on this equation from Young House Love. But there’s more than one way to do this, so feel free to research the method that works best for you.
Step 4: Score the Lines – A Two-Person Job
Continuing with the measurements above, I settled on 8⅞ inches for the width of my stripes. By pure coincidence, I had a booklet that measured exactly 8⅞ and used it to as a guide. So starting from the floor up, I placed a pencil mark every 8⅞ inches. I then used a long straight edge and leveler to draw my lines across the wall. My husband held one end of the straight-edge while periodically checking with the leveler to make sure the line would be straight. I drew the lines. This process took about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Start Tapping
With the hard part behind us, it was time to tape off the areas. Using your pencil, use an “X” to mark the spaces between the lines that WILL be painted. Why? The sections that will be painted will have tape along the outside of the line markings. The tape will be on the inside of the sections that will not be painted. If this doesn’t make sense, see the photo below. The markings will also confirm that you end up with the right number of stripes.
Step 6: Start Painting
Starting at the bottom, apply two thin coats of paint inside each of the wider spaces to form the stripes. The trick is to use very little paint on the roller brush and roll away from - not towards the edges of the tape. This will reduce or even eliminate paint from getting underneath the tape.
Step 7: Peel the Tape
BEFORE the paint dries completely – actually – as soon as you’ve completed the last stripe. Peel off the tape. This will ensure that your lines are crisp. It will also give you an opportunity to fix any mistakes.
So there you have it - painted horizontal stripes. I'm still waiting for a signature piece to compliment the wall. But here is how I've styled it for now.
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