Wall Stripes: A Tutorial on How to Paint Stripes

Wall Stripes: A Tutorial on How to Paint Stripes


Hi! I’m Marina Klima and today I will show
you how to do vertical stripes. I started with a base color, the base color that you
see in the sample here is silver gray. It’s Benjamin Moore actual finish and it’s silver
gray #213160. The second color we’re gonna use in the middle
is nimbus gray and it’s #213150 and the third color, the stripe in the middle is hazy skies
and the number is #OC48. You also need a measuring tape to measure a wall,
you need a level, and you need a ruler with the level, if you can get it that would be
wonderful. You need a pencil to mark your stripes, you
need 3 rollers, you might even need the extender for latex paint. You need the sharpie and
of course you need the blue tape. I buy pro blue tape one and half inches and
the stripes are gonna be measured from this point out eight inches each stripe. So from
here to here is 8 inches, from here to here is 8 inches and from here to here is 8 inches. So let’s get started! The finish result of course you will have
wonderful room just like this one. You can use virtually any colors but my advise would
be to use close colors on the Benjamin Moore strip. Basically two colors and one accent
colors will work the best. So I said I did the basic coat here in silver
gray and now every other stripe I’m gonna paint in nimbus gray. This is my little tray,
this is nimbus gray color. Make sure that you’re roller doesn’t absorb
too much paint, all you need to do is like work with almost dry roller. See how my paint
is not dripping, it’s like really hardly covering the roller. This way you won’t have any, you
know any bleeding of the paint and of course I make sure my tape is really tight to the
wall. So I start from the middle of the stripe and
I start gently. You go vertically through the whole wall but then when the tape meets
the wall you kind of try not to load as much paint to prevent it from bleeding. Basically my stripes are somewhat semi-dry
like nice wine semi-dry. So I skip this one, this will stays silver gray and I know on
the wall it will look really white almost but then you will see when you take of the
tape it looks totally different. So again, I apply on the middle of the tape
area to prevent from bleeding
and I cover the surface completely. Okay, so the prep work is done, we have two
colors walls. This is the silver gray, this is the nimbus gray, 2 different striped walls
and they will be basically six and half inches wide. I personally don’t like a two-color stripe
that�s why I decided to introduce complementary colors just to bring it all together, to have
an impact, to have a highlight. So to have a highlight, I highlighted those
two with the third one. So to have it happen, I tape off on both sides of the thin strips
and this is a little easier to do because you already have this in place. So you just
go on the edge of the tape that you used to do those tapes. Okay? And you do both sides. Now, not to get confused because imagine its
the whole wide wall, what if you have 20 feet of this or 30 feet, 9 feet up, its not like
a small sample. In order to avoid the confusion I mark the one I need to paint with some sign,
you know you can put a heart of whatever you want. Also like a great idea would be to leave this
tails, these little tails all the way in the ceiling so that you know where your stripes
are. A word of advice, when you’re doing the whole room or even an accent wall it is really
good idea not to do it alone, I hope you’re not doing it alone, I hope you have the luxury
of having a couple of people at least 2-3 people doing the stripes. So next step, I’m going to take this tape
off to paint it in a hazy skies color, Benjamin Moore hazy skies. So I just pick it up, I
take it off. At this stage you take of this paint all over the room or all over the wall. This is Benjamin Moore hazy skies color, this
will be my accent color that will really make the whole difference, you will see in a minute. So I’m mixing it up, always stir the paint
before you use it and I pour it in a small tray and the reason why I’m only using a small
tray because this is a very thin stripe, its only one and half inches stripe. So I don’t
need the large roller, I’m using the smaller possible 3-inch roller for that stripe. Again, I’m covering the roller gently with
hazy skies color. Again the roller is almost dry its really very important. I make sure
the tape is very close to the wall, so before I do it doesn’t really take much time to check
this out that the stripes are tight to the wall. I just gently do my highlight stripe, so let’s
see what happens. Alright, here are your stripes, this is the
finish result you’re gonna get. I have little marks here from the pencil and you the marks
from the pencil unless you do laser but that’s a whole different story. You can also do the stripes, not marking them
with pencil but with the laser but it should be done definitely by two people because one
is up, one is down, you have to see the laser all the way through. I do it old fashion way just marking with
the pencil on two sides of the wall, the lower portion, actually 3 sides, the lower, the
upper and the center. At the end when this paint is dry you take the magic eraser, you
slightly wet it with water and you just erase all the marks. I’m Marina Klima and I’m founder of http://mydecoratingtips.com
and I would like to hear from you. I would like to hear how you did with you’re projects.
Please post your questions, your comments and I would be more than happy to help you
with any questions you have. Enjoy your painting. Goodbye.

3 thoughts on “Wall Stripes: A Tutorial on How to Paint Stripes

  1. HI! Looks great. Did you wait until the gray was dry before applying the tape to add the accent color (yellow)? Or is it ok to add the tape over semi dry paint to begin the additional color?  

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