Paint Stripes On Wall Perfect Every Time: What Pros Aren’t Telling You

Paint Stripes On Wall Perfect Every Time: What Pros Aren’t Telling You


Coming up on this episode of Designed to the
Nines… you’re ready to paint crisp, clean lines on your walls, you’ve got your painters
tape that says it has paint block technology. Is that enough? I’ll let you know on this episode. Stay tuned. Welcome to
Designed to the Nines, I’m NataLee, if this is the first time we’re meeting, hello and welcome. I’m so glad you could join me and to everyone
who joins me each week for my DIY, interior design and all things home-related tutorials
thank you so much I really do appreciate your support. Today we’re doing a little DIY I’m going to
show you some very valuable tips and tricks on how to stripe walls I’ve learned over years
and years of striping so many walls in probably every home I’ve lived in over the past 10
years or so. At least one room or one or two walls… horizontal
stripes usually it works for vertical strikes as well. These techniques that I will be sharing with
you. Trust me, you will not be hearing
it from some of the big box retailers and the painters tape. Don’t get me started. You won’t be hearing it from them. Their way about it and not only doesn’t work,
but the ones that do work don’t make sense to me and I’ll tell you why, but these are
my tips and tricks and I think that you’re going to like ’em. So what we’re gonna be doing is this wall
behind me and this wall to the left of me, we’ll be getting navy blue and white stripes. I’m going to be carrying some of that navy
blue that is in other parts of my house into this room. The inspiration piece was actually a really
cute notebook that I found at Michael’s, I can’t find that notebook, but it inspired
me to buy these pillows. It was very similar in style and look and
so this is the jumping off point and then also taking into consideration the navy blue
that I have all the way around my house. I have to be honest with you, this is really
become the catch all room. It’s a holding the like the last two boxes
from our move that I’ve never unpack. Everybody has those, right? It’s like you get all moved in and you have
like one or two boxes left, well those are in this room and that’s all gonna change. And then you’ll see that right now it’s like
mostly very vanilla, very boring and vanilla can be really amazing and look really awesome
if done right. But this is not how vanilla is done right. And so we’re going to change that we’re going
for more bold impact in this room, but these principles can be applied to whatever pallet
you are using from neutral to bold like me. You can use these same principles to get crisp,
clean paint lines that will not bleed and will look good. Okay, so it’s time to get started and the
first thing I’m gonna do is I’m going paint over the butter, yellow walls, all white,
because that’s going to be our base color. You always want to start with your lightest
color. I’ve already done a tutorial on how I go about
painting a full room, so you’ll want to check that out. Put the link above and below, I don’t use
any painter’s tape. I find it’s easier, It’s a lot faster and
in my case, I decided to match the trim. It’s Sherwin Williams, extra white. I’ve done it in an eggshell so that there’s
a contrast in sheens as well as colors. So we’ll start with that but first I’m going
to pull away all the furniture and all the crap and load it into the middle of the room
and then we’ll go from there. Painting is always a little messy but it’s
also a really good workout, don’t you think? if you think it’s a good workout routine,
let me know in the comment section below. Anyways it’s really white in fact it’s extra
white that’s the name of the paint is extra white and it has definitely extra white. So we are going to let this dry at least four
hours. But in my case, I’m going to probably let
it dry overnight and then we’re gonna come back and start striping. So why my white walls are drying, I’ve decided
to do an accent wall behind the TV and I picked this kind of spa blue green color called,
let’s see, where’s it? Distant valley and we’re going to put it up now. So. Alright, so we let the walls dry overnight
and now we need to start striping the fun part I’m so excited. So we need to decide how big of a stripe we
want to go with. Now what I typically do is smaller the room,
the smaller the stripe, the bigger the room, the bigger the stripe. Now there is some variation in that depending
on how bold your color scheme is, mine is pretty bold so I’m going to go somewhere in
the middle but usually they say stripes are best between four and 12 inches. I’ve gone as large as 16 inches for stripes
before I’m going with an eight and a quarter inch stripe. And how I calculated this is I wanted an odd
number stripes that’s usually the best way to go about it. In my case I did 11 and I took the distance
between the base to the top of the baseboard and the ceilings and divided that by 11 and I
mean came up with eight and a quarter inch. I’m going to go on the other side of the ladder first of
all, so I can get closer to the corner. Hopefully I don’t fall. All right. So graceful. Okay, so for stripes we are going to mark
eight and a quarter inches all the way down and then we’re going to take our level and
mark it all all the way around and you want to make sure that your bubble is exactly in
the center because if you even get off a little bit and make your stripes crooked so it’s
really important that you line up your level and keep it consistent all the way across
right in the middle so that you have nice level strikes. All I’m going to do is mark about every 10
to 12 inches using this level and then we’ll just kind of connect the dots with the tape. It will be fine. I’ve done that way a lot. This is going to be such a fun acts of wall. Do you like acts of walls? If so, I’ll put a link to another accent wall
I did in my home up above and in description and let me know what your favorite thing to
do for an accent wall is. Do you like wallpaper? Do you like painting tricks? Do you like stencils? What do you like to do for an accent wall? Let me know in the comments below. Now it’s just time to break out. My favorite thing, which is painter’s tape. I say that a little tongue in cheek because
I have a love-hate relationship with painter’s tape. I love it because you need it and you need
to use it, but it does not work as good as advertised. On the box it says that there’s going to be
no leaks, it’s going to be amazing, but it leaks every single time. Every single time. I even used it on smooth walls, I followed
all of their directions and so that’s why you need this tutorial because I’m going to
show you how to make this work for you because we do need it. It’s like a necessary evil, I guess, but we’re
going to make sure that we don’t have the leakage. In fact, I tested this out for you. I follow the manufacturer’s instructions to
watched tutorials from the biggest paint dealers and I burnished the edges and did everything
they said. And as you could see, there was still leakage. I’m just putting it like no little bitty piece
of tape there and there. Just so we know this is not a line that we
need to worry about, but this section is our paint line. What we’re going to do is we’re going to take
our trusty painter’s tape. Tell me I’m not alone in my frustration with
painters tapes, if you also have a love-hate relationship, let them know in the comment
section below because I know I can’t be the only one who’s this frustrated with painter’s
tape and the fact that it doesn’t work very awesome. So what we’re going to do is, and we’re going
to just line up our little marks and we’re going to go just barely outside so that it
catches the paint, like the darker paint and it hides our markings. Connect the dots basically all the way across
your room. So you get the idea and then after we get
the entire room taped off and ready to go, I’ll meet you back here and show you what
we have to do to actually get this painter’s tape to paint a clean line, especially on my wall. They’ve got a heavy orange peel on them and
so it’s a little trickier than with a smooth wall. It’s the same process, but you definitely
want to follow this even closer because of the orange peel. All right I’m done painting and
I’m ready to get going on to the next step. It took about almost two rolls exactly. I just have a little bit left. I’m excited to actually make this tape work
and do the job that it’s supposed to do. Now. When I originally researched this many years
ago, there was a lot of people who would use polyurethane on the edge. I’d seen people use like a silicone adhesive. They are just rubbing along the tape edge
and all of that was to create a crisp paint line to when you pulled the tape. It didn’t bleed through. But in my mind it made sense to use the underneath
color paint. It seems like almost a no brainer. So when it bleeds it bleeds the color that’s
already on the wall and then it creates a seal that will prevent the darker, more dramatic
color from bleeding through. So we do have a lot of square footage to cover
in this case. So we’re going to get started. Once it’s dry, we can start putting on our
dramatic color and go from there and so I am so excited… so let’s get started. Okay. We got our tape sealed and now we’re about
to make our painters tape look really good. So all we have to do, and it’s smooth sailing
from here, is just put two coats of paint on the stripes and that’s it. And then it’s just clean up. So let’s get at it. And I just going to use a four inch roller. You could use a six inch depending on the
size of your stripes. We’re going to pull up the corners and hopefully all things went well. And we have perfectly straight lines. So let’s see. You’re going to want to pull out a 45 degree
angle upwords. And there you have. Really nice, crisp lines. Perfect! Success! So even with all of our best efforts, there
has been a little bit of leakage in a couple of tiny spots and this is going to occur,
especially if you have heavy orange peel wall texture, which I do. It’s just going to happen occasionally. And so what we’re going to do is I’ve got
a small thin craft brush here, and it’s flat and we’re just going to very carefully
erase those little couple of spots with a little bit of the white paint underneath and… Wa-lah! All right our walls are done, our lines are
clean and crisp and yes we did have to go through a little extra effort. That little extra effort actually saves us
a lot of the headache and grief on the backend and it gives us beautifully crisp lines that
we’re proud of. What do you think? Do you think you can do this? I think you can in fact, I know you can! Hang
on to the very end because I’m going to tell you how to get my free ebook. But I want your opinion on something. So hold on a second. All right. I need your help. Helping me to decide what artwork to hang
behind me. So I’m going to give you two options because
I had two pieces of art and I want your opinion. So this is option A, let’s see if I can get
it in there. What do you think? Do we like that? It makes an impact. All right, so that’s an option A. Kay… Now… option
B, what do you think? All right, so that’s option B, I like them both
for different reasons and I can actually use them in different parts of my area here. Let me know in the comment section below whether
you like option A or option B for my artwork and then coming up in another tutorial. You get to see how I finish out this room
with decor. Obviously I need to do some switching out
I’ve got a stripe lamp shades right now you You can’t have stripes on stripes. That would be a little busy. So we’re going to switch that out and we’re
going to do a couple of things and you’ll be seeing this room a lot in tutorials. Now I’ll be using it as like a craft room
and the room to talk to you guys with. So thank you so much for watching. If you liked this episode, hit the like button
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27 thoughts on “Paint Stripes On Wall Perfect Every Time: What Pros Aren’t Telling You

  1. Do you also have a love-hate relationship with painter's tape? Which art piece should I hang on my newly striped wall? Let me know!

  2. Wow!!! Looks like a professional interior painter did this! Also love how you used the small craft brush at the end to do the touch ups (instead of a large paintbrush). Great video!!

  3. I like option A!
    Painters tape is so tricky! Thanks for your tip. I can’t wait to try it.
    The accent wall looks wonderful. You inspire me to be more brave with colors. Thank you!

  4. Great tips and tricks! The room looks awesome! I can’t wait to see it in person! I like option B for the picture! Love it all!!💕

  5. I have a love/hate relationship with painting in general, but I love this video! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow it turned out so beautiful!! Your tips are amazing. I personally like Option A for the art but either one will look beautiful! 😍😍😍

  7. Thank you for tip on pulling tape at 45 degree angle(made alot of sense), looking forward to your upcoming challenge, I like option A, tfs

  8. I'm terrified of painting stripes. Never knew how to calculate how many stripes, the width, etc. I like option A for the pic. It contrasted well with wall. Option B has a lot of blue in it and it kind of got lost?

  9. 100% agree with you, painters tape is a necessary evil! How long do you let the strips dry before pulling off the tape?

  10. Natalie…i had a thought. 🤯 What if yougo over the edges with the white…oh my god you are saying that right now!!!! Nevermind! That was awesome 😂

  11. This is so helpful, thankyou. Do you remove the tape whilst the paint is still wet, or once it's dry?
    Ps, I prefer painting B. The combination of that reminds me of a clothes and homeware brand we have here in the UK called Joules, not sure if you have it there, look it up, I think you'll like it!

  12. Thank you for this tutorial. I will be using your tips in a family room soon! I dont know which painting you chose, but I would do option A on the strip and option B on your solid Aqua accent wall.

  13. Did you let the white you did over the tape dry before going with blue (if so how long?) did you let the 1st blue coat dry before the second coat? (If so how long?) if you have 2 dry coats under the last wet coat, doesn’t that cause problems when you take off your tape??

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