Monday, January 30, 2012

Stripes Tutorial

My friends are often asking how I get such straight lines without the paint bleeding. I learned a great tip on HGTV years ago that I love sharing. It's been awhile since I've painted any rooms with stripes, but I thought I'd give a quick explanation. 

  • Long level
  • White Eyeliner
  • Painters tape - the blue works fine, the green works even better
You'll want to start by getting your overall wall color on the wall, in my son's room pictured above that was green. The first stripe we painted was the thick white stripe. 
  1. We made a straight level line using a long level and marked it on the wall using white eyeliner. I like to use eyeliner because it's not messy like chalk and wipes up easily.
  2. Following the eyeliner mark tape off the stripe. Press down firmly as you go.
  3. The special step!! Before painting in the stripped area with white, we seal the edges of the tape with the base color, in this case green!! That way if you have any areas that would bleed under the tape it will match your wall color. It doesn't have to be a heavy coat or pretty, just take a paint brush and quickly slap paint along the edge of the tape.
  4. Once that is dry we applied 2 coats of white. I recommend peeling the tape off while the paint it still tacky. It's messier but if you wait longer it might peel the paint back off the wall. Otherwise wait 24 hours for the paint to cure and then peel the tape off. 

After the white was dry we repeated these steps for the rest of the stripes. For example when we painted our periwinkle stripes the tape edges were sealed with white.

Hope my directions were clear, if not contact me!!

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