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DIY tips for painting stripes on a wall

DIY tips for painting stripes on a wall

A wall painted in stripes creates visual interest and can create uniqueness and personalization of a room. It is also a good way to decorate a room. Painting in stripes is something that you can do without the need to hire a professional painter. The following points can be of help in creating that unique look that you have desired. You may go for vertical stripes to give your room that has low ceiling an illusion of height, or use horizontal stripes for a room that has high ceiling to make it seem shorter. Painting a whole room in stripes gives it that bold look while painting a single wall makes it the focal point. You can even paint your ceiling in stripes to make it unique. You will need to have paint in the colors of your choice, tape preferably painter’s tape, pencil, measuring tape, brushes or rollers and level. You should have two colors, the base color and the other color to create the stripes.

Paint the base color

Start by painting the wall with the base color to cover the whole wall. Then measure the height of the wall if you will have horizontal stripes or the width for vertical stripes. This will allow you to make even stripes. For straight lines, use a level and outline the stripes using a pencil. You can have stripes of the same size though those of different width are much better.

Tape the lines

Tape the pencil lines using painters tape and run a finger on the tape to ensure that it is firm on the wall. To prevent the paint for the stripes from bleeding below the tape, paint the base color lightly on the meeting point of the tape and the wall. Avoid using masking tape because it can leave sticky remains or peel off paint creating ugly spots on the wall.

Paint the stripes

Paint the desired stripe color on the space between the tapes using rollers or paintbrushes after the protective coat has dried. You can paint a little on the tape to ensure that you do not leave spaces that are not painted.

Remove the tape

Allow the paint to dry and then remove the tape. If the tape is removed when the paint is not completely dry, it may peel off. Ensure that the paint is not too dry to crack or not dry enough to smudge when removing the tape. It is important to note that you should consider the fixtures that are on the wall when planning on the painting. You should paint such that the features are inside a stripe and not in between them. In addition, painting stripes does not have to be of two colors only but can consist of more than two colors for a more sophisticated decor. In case painting more colors stripes, allow each color to completely dry before painting the next one. You should also use separate brushes and rollers for each color to prevent you from washing them continuously. The process involves determining which wall to paint stripes, deciding on the type of stripes and the color of paint you will use. A process takes less time but leaves your room looking different.

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