I’ve had my heart set on painting stripes in my dining room for a while now. I love the clean, refreshing look of vertical stripes…they make ceiling look taller too =) I finally got the chance to make my striped wall dream a reality when I was stuck at home for three straight days during the Nemo blizzard! I can say with certainty that my striped wall was the best thing to come out of that storm for me…it definitely trumped losing power for 72 hours, getting stuck in a snow bank mid-blizzard (and I’m referring to myself, not my car), eating cold hot dogs, the list goes on…Anyway, I am super excited with how my striped wall turned out, here’s a little tutorial for painting striped walls of your own!
Here’s what my dining room looked like before the stripes….
To get started, I mixed up a new custom wall color. My walls were already painted a dark blue/gray but I wanted them to be a few shades lighter so they’d blend better with the cream colored stripes I had planned.
Here’s the wall, freshly painted and drying…
Once the walls had dried (which should be at least 6 hours, but I have no patience so I waited 2), I began taping them off for the stripes. It’s extremely important that you use painters tape for this part. Painters tape is designed for this purpose so it will not pull off your first coat of paint.
I wanted my stripes to be 12″ wide, and I was using 1.5″ painters tape so I taped off the wall in 12″, then 9″ sections (by sections, I mean the area inside the tape lines). The 12″ sections would be filled with paint, and the 9″ sections would be the wall color. The reason the wall colored stripes are only measured at 9″ is to account for the 1.5″ of tape on either side of the stripe (3″ in total). This will make for perfectly even 12″ stripes. You will have to vary this equation depending on the width of your tape (ie. if you’re using 1″ tape, your stripes will be spaced at 10″ and 12″)…
*Since there was no tape on the right side of my first stripe (it was the start of the wall), my first stripe was 10.5″ wide.
Once my wall was taped off, I rolled the stripe color onto the 12″ sections. I mixed up an off-white creamy color, then added some pearl white paint to give the stripes a little shine.
*Make sure the tape is pressed down tightly to the wall to ensure clean lines!
Here’s a close up of the paint color…
Once my stripes were painted, I peeled off the tape carefully. I think it’s best to peel off the tape while the paint is still slightly tacky…I’ve always done it this way, but that could be out purely out of impatience..
Here’s my new striped wall!
I just love the contrasting color!
Now you know how to paint wall stripes, it’s your turn to give it a shot!