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Painting a room is always an easy and cost-effective way of sprucing up a home. Take things to the next level by painting stripes on the wall of your entryway to add interest or in your child's room for a little whimsy. In fact, painted stripes can take any space from sophisticated to playful, or anything in between.
Home Depot's Joe Autry and Scott Krueger share the nine steps to create a successful striped paint job.
Step 1: Choose Vertical or Horizontal Stripes
A subtle striping technique, with alternating flat and glossy stripes, can add perceived dimension to a room. They are classic, elegant and never go out of style. Horizontal stripes make a room appear more spacious. Vertical stripes make the ceiling appear higher.
Step 2: Prep Work
First paint a base coat on the walls. For stripes, that's really important because the base coat will be one of the stripes. Use a flat paint that is exactly the same color as the stripe to be painted on. It's also important that the base coat dry for 48 hours before you start to work on the stripes.
Step 3: Measure and Mark the Walls
After the base coat is completely dry, begin measuring and marking the walls for the stripes.
Measure the wall, starting in the corner that's least seen.
Next, divide the wall. Stripes should be between 4" and 12" wide. Place the first strip of tape in that obscure corner where you began measuring.
Step 4: Make a 'Tape' Measure
Make a "tape legend" for easy measuring. First tear off a strip of low-tack painter's tape, 4' to 6' long. Stick it to the wall for easy handling and using a tape measure, mark it with dots corresponding to the width of the stripes you wish to paint. This will keep you from having to measure each stripe as you tape the wall.
Step 5: Press the Strip of Tape to the Wall
Place the end dot on the tape you've already applied to the wall and press the strip to the wall.
Next, use a laser level to shoot a beam onto the second dot. Pull the tape loose at that point. The beam from the level will show you exactly where to place the next strip of tape
Step 6: Adjust the Width
It's unlikely that the measurements will work out perfectly. Any small differences won't be seen because you started in an obscure corner. If you want to be more exact, adjust the width of the stripes on the last wall. A 1/4" to 1/2" difference won't be visible to the eye.
Step 7: Burnish the Wall
Burnish wall with burnisher (a credit card works too) to seal the tape edges so no paint seeps underneath the tape.
Step 8: Paint Over the Tape
Paint over the tape line with a semigloss paint, making sure to cover the entire area of each stripe (anything missed will show up as a contrast in sheens). One coat should be enough.
Step 9: Remove the Tape
Remove the tape once you've painted the wall, angling away from the freshly painted area as you pull.