My 90s-cat-mom-chic house is both my torture chamber and my playground. As a Designer, new wife, and woman, I’m caught between wanting everything in my home to be instantly beautiful and living with the embarrassment of a home with wallpaper and carpet in the bathroom. Although I felt trapped and helpless to change anything when I first moved in with my husband, I quickly realized I had the ability and right to update my home. Which is exactly what I did when I painted a striped focal wall in my entry!
Now, the 90s-cat-mom-chic house is a great playground for me as a Designer. As my husband says, “this is a great place to experiment.” Pretty much anything I do is an instant improvement to the home. And being that I have great landlords – my in-laws – I pretty much have free reign to do what I want…sans tear down walls or rip out floors…anything too major.
So after recovering from my Home Office Update, I decided it was time to tackle a new project. I was really looking for an area in my home that was small and would be easy to update. But I also wanted to make a really big impact with what I did. So I chose to update my small front entry by removing the wallpaper and adding a painted stripe focal wall.
If you’re looking to create a striped wall in an area of your home, its important to know a few tricks before starting out. After all, you are going to want a clean, crisp stripe rather than this:
Trust me. This is what I got doing it the wrong way. And now, I’m here to tell you how to do it the right way so you don’t have to re-do your stripes like I did. (If you already made this mistake, read how I fixed paint bleed and got the perfect stripes!)
How to Paint the Perfect Striped Focal Wall
Let’s start by talking about the tools you will need first:
- Frog Tape
- Laser Level (recommended, but I was able to do mine without. It just took a little more time and effort)
- Your base coat paint color
- Paint brush
- Your accent stripe paint color
- Tape Measure/Ruler
- Other miscellaneous paint accessories (roller, drop cloth, paint tin, etc.)
Step 1: (Optional) I created a neat-o drawing to help me outline my stripes on the wall. Since my stripes weren’t all the same size I had to do a bit of the maths (as the British would say). You may be able to just eyeball your painted stripe wall but if you are a perfectionist like me, take some time to measure out your wall and do a quick sketch with dimensions. It will make your life easier.
Step 2: Mark your walls at the appropriate heights to delineate where your stripes will be.
Step 3: Using a laser level, use frog tape to tape off the edges of your stripes. (Bonus tip: I marked an X in pencil in between the two pieces of tape so I kept clear what areas were to be painted)
Step 4: THIS IS IMPORTANT! Paint over the edges of your frog tape with your base coat paint color. Yes, paint in between where your stripe is going to go, over the frog tape with your base coat paint color. This helps seal the frog tape down and will create a perfect edge. Allow to dry.
Step 5: Paint your stripes. Now you can paint your stripes and not worry about tape bleed! Allow to dry for a few hours and then quickly remove your frog tape so it doesn’t peel off any of the underneath layers of paint. You should have the perfect painted striped wall.
Stripes can make a great accent wall or fun pop in any room in your home. They may seem daunting to take on and doomed to fail with paint bleed and uneven stripes, but a little preparation and the right method will help you get the perfect painted stripe wall.
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