Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to Paint Stripes on Your Wall

Stripes are often a bold, fun, and modern statement. They make for great accent walls in a home. 

Painting these stripes will need careful preparation, but it’s a simple task. Follow the steps below to paint your walls over with the stripes of your choosing:

1. Prepare. Clear the area to be able to work around the room without fuss and without risk of spilling paint on your belongings. 

2. Clean. Remove dust from the wall using a clean white cloth or sponge dampened with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe again with water to remove the soap.

3. Tape. Line the edges of your wall, along the ceiling, floor, windows, doors, wood trim, or floor trim, with blue painter’s tape to keep paint off of these areas.

4. Plan. Choose at least two colors and the direction of your stripes. Vertical stripes will lend height to the room; horizontal ones will lend width and breadth.

5. Measure. Measure your wall to determine how many stripes can fit within its surface area. Adjust the width and number of your stripes to suit the span of both your room and wall. Thinner stripes make for a “busier” look than wider ones. Consider using the average of 4 to 12 inches per stripe for that ideal, even look.

6. Mark. Prepare a measuring tape, a carpenter’s level or a straight edge, and a pencil to draft you

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