How to Paint a Striped Wall

How to Paint a Striped Wall

So, you want to make a bold statement and you’ve decided to add stripes to a wall in your home.  I’ve painted stripes in several rooms and I love the way they look.  I wrote about one space here.  are not hard to do and can make a very big impact ~ especially in small spaces.  Read on and learn a few tips for making this project super doable.

First, you need to decide how wide (tall) you want your stripes to be.  There are 8 foot walls in my house, and I wanted my stripes to be kind of wide.   I didn’t use any scientific formula to figure out how wide they would be.  I just knew that 6 inches would be too small/narrow and 12 inches would be way too big.  So, I chose to make them 8 inches wide.  Sidenote…I also knew I didn’t want to paint too many stripes on the wall because I didn’t want it to be too busy looking.

Next you need to add tape to your walls to make your stripe lines.  I used a laser level which makes this super easy.  You simply measure your height, push the pin into the wall, level it, and follow the laser line to add your tape.  This is precise and quick.  However, when I painted stripes on my curved wall I found that the laser didn’t maintain its level around the curve.  So, I had to resort to a simple ruler and pencil.  No big deal.  You just make a small pencil mark in multiple places along the wall to make a guide for your tape.  After you’ve got your pencil lines, you should use a level to make sure it’s all actually straight before adding tape.

Let’s talk about tape now.  It’s super important that use a good quality tape for this project.  You do not want any paint seeping under the tape or any areas where the tape doesn’t stick.  I used Frog tape and was very happy with how it worked.  This is something you don’t want to cheap out on.

blue frog tape on wall

Now, when you add the tape to your walls, you’ll want to go slow and make sure your tape is following your guide line.  Also, when taping the wall, make sure to press down firmly on the tape so that you get a good seal.  This will also help prevent paint from seeping under the tape.

When you’re ready to start painting, I recommend that you “cut-in” first.  If you don’t know what that means, it  is using a paintbrush to go along the edges of your painted area that will be too hard to reach with a roller. This would include along baseboards or trim work.  With that done, you can start using a roller to fill in your stripes.  I used a 6″ paint roller and it made the job move very quickly.

taped wall with paint

With the stripes filled in,  I let it dry for a short bit and then removed the tape.  I like to remove the tape while the paint is not completely dry.  I think this makes it come off easily and with a cleaner line.  It is likely when you lift off the tape, you will likely notice some places where your line is a little smudged.  This is very easy to correct with a small, straight edge paintbrush with firm bristles.  It should be a quick touch-up.

touching up stripes on wall


gray striped wall

So, there you have it.  That’s all there is to painting stripes on your wall.  I hope you’ll give it a try and transform a space in your house.  If you do, please send me a pic of how it turns out.  So, do you have any cool project that completely transform a space?  I want to hear about them.  Don’t forget to comment below and let me know what you think!

P.S.  Ignore the tag on the lamp…I’m still debating on that.

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