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Let’s take a look at how to paint stripes on a wall and paint the bathroom a new color. If your wall feels a bit dull, why not consider painting stripes on it? It’s an affordable yet effective way to add character to a plain wall. Let’s dive into this fun and creative DIY project!
Today, I want to share the art of painting stripes. Our small half bathroom was in desperate need of a makeover so I decided to add a fun horizontal stripe on the wall.
The Benefits of Painting Stripes on Your Wall
Horizontal or vertical stripes on walls can create a stunning visual impact, giving depth and movement to an otherwise bland space. But besides the aesthetic appeal, there’s a financial advantage too! Using paint for wall decor is often much cheaper than other wall decor options like wallpaper or wall decals.
Our bathroom below was dark and the entire wall needed to be brightened up. Even though there is a window, it is completely covered by a tree outside.
Materials Needed for Painting Stripes on Your Wall
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
- A level
- Paint Brush
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Paint Stripes on a Wall
Step 1: Preparing the Wall
Start by cleaning the wall and fixing any imperfections. This step is crucial as any uneven spots will show through the paint.
Step 2: Deciding on Stripe Width and Paint Colors
Creating a horizontal stripes accent wall is an easy paint design that can dramatically transform any room. The first step is to use painter’s tape to map out the width of the stripes you want on your wall. You can also use a tape measure to figure out width as well.
Choose your desired wall color and paint, I picked a calming grey which I love! You can opt for contrasting colors or choose different shades of the same color for a more subtle effect.
I painted below the line extra white by Sherwin Williams and the stripe Cobblestone Cape May by Benjamin Moore.
Step 3: Marking the Stripes
Using a level and a pencil, I marked where the stripe would go.
Step 4: Applying the Painter’s Tape
Apply painter’s tape along the marked lines, ensuring the edge of the tape is straight and secure. The tape will help you achieve clean, straight lines. Whether you are painting one or two horizontal wall stripes, you would repeat the same process.
It’s essential to press the tape firmly against the wall to prevent any paint from seeping underneath, which could disrupt your clean lines.
Step 5: Painting the Stripes
Now, it’s time to paint! Apply the paint within the designated areas. Depending on the paint color, you may need two coats.
Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount of paint to achieve a rich, vibrant hue. Depending on the color and quality of your paint, you may need a few coats to achieve the desired opacity and saturation.
Be sure to allow each coat of paint to dry completely before applying the second coat of paint.
Step 6: Removing the Tape and Touching Up
Once the paint is dry, gently remove the painter’s tape. If there are any touch-ups needed, now is the time to do it.
V. Tips and Tricks for Perfect Stripes
Achieving perfect, crisp lines can be challenging. To make it easier, remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still a bit damp. This will prevent the paint from chipping off and ruining your stripes.
Painting Stripes On Walls Without Bleeding Paint
Painting stripes on a wall is a fun, creative, and affordable project that can transform a room’s appearance.
The adhesive on painters tape will also help keep the paint within the boundaries of its intended area and avoid unwanted bleed-through.
The cream color in the pottery vases coordinates nicely with the lighter color on the whole wall.
The beauty of this design is its versatility – stripes can be thin and delicate, or bold and wide. Using a level, ensure that the tape lines are straight to achieve sharp, even stripes.
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Painting stripes on a wall is a very easy and an inexpensive way to add character and pizzaz to a room. This bathroom went from being boring and blah to a fresh bright colorful space with paint and a few hours of my time. Don’t be afraid of striped walls or if stripes are not your thing, create a design using painters tape.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.