Ok ya’ll, as I promised I am FINALLY going to show you how I get razor clean lines when I paint stripes on our textured walls. I am not sure if anyone else except us Floridians enjoy textured walls, but this is good information to stick in your back pocket even if you have baby smooth walls.
Start with a totally boring wall…..Zzzzzzz
I had Hubby help me figure out the width of the stripes based up on the height of the wall. Math genius I am not, so he finagled the numbers a little bit to get my stripes to 10 1/2 inches wide (more or less). Then I grabbed my level and started measuring the width of my first stripe.
After measuring 10 1/2 inches down from the ceiling and marking it off with chalk hash marks, I went back and connected the hash marks. Again, I used the level to keep the line nice and straight.
Start taping off the stripes you want to paint. Make sure you are taping on the base color side of your chalk line (this is why the labeling helps). You want to outline your accent stripe with the Frog Tape.
Ok, this next step is CRUCIAL. Do not get lazy and skip this! You must paint over the Frog Tape with your base color. Paint inside the tape box where you will later paint your accent stripe. This activates the Frog Tape and really seals it off. In the picture below, I will paint the accent color below the tape. Does that make sense?
I had this idea that I wanted the stripes to match our trim color, so that’s what I used. About 2 1/2 stripes into the project, I realized that the white was blindingly white. I HATED it! Not to worry though, I have a paint stash the size of the the Home Depot paint department. I rummaged through and found an old can of the base color for our foyer. Much better, don’t you think?
Once everything dries, it is time to take off the tape and see the magic! Don’t freak out when you do this. You will see some white under the tape and think the paint has bled through. But it hasn’t. It’s just your old chalk line.
And I know you’ve seen it in my previous post, but it’s just too pretty not to share again!
If you have any questions about my tip for razor straight paint lines, feel free to contact me in the comments section below. Remember, don’t get lazy and skip any of the steps or you won’t get the amazing results!
Have you ever painted stripes on a wall? Do you have any other tips you want to share with us?
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