Below you will find our step by step directions for painting stripes on walls. We decided to paint striped walls for our new nursery. Striped walls make for a great accent wall especially in smaller rooms. These bold stripes provide great contrast.
How To: Painting Stripes on Walls
If you are interested in painting stripes on walls in your house it is actually not that difficult. If you plan out all the prep work before getting started you should not run into any problems.
Steps for Painting Stripes on Walls:
- Our nursery bedroom was white before we painted it. We decided to go with Robin’s Egg Blue from Glidden but colored matched it to Behr paint. Since the white paint was not that great we ended up painting the entire room before marking off for the stripes so that we were starting off fresh.
- After the entire room was painted and it had dried we began planning out the stripes. I wanted to do thick stripes on the walls to have a more bold look as an accent wall. I wanted to have an uneven amount of stripes so that we could start with blue on the bottom and end with the blue on the top because of the white trim in that room. Since we have 8 foot ceilings in this bedroom we measured from the top of the ceiling to the bottom of the trim. Then we took that measurement and divided it by 9 since we wanted to have 9 stripes and that gave us the width of each individual stripe.
- Once we marked off the width of the stripes my husband and I used his chalk box to create our lines for the tape.
- We then taped off each stripe. To make sure that we did not paint the wrong stripes white my husband put small pieces of tape in those stripes. It may look like a lot in the picture below but it really helped when he started painting.
- To prevent the white paint from running into the blue we started by sealing the tape with blue paint. For this step, you need to paint the base color, which in this case is blue, over top of the tape that way the white would not bleed under the tape.
- Then you are ready to paint the color of your stripes.
- After painting 2 coats of the white paint for the stripes we then immediately peeled the tape off.
I cannot wait to start decorating! You can check out the Olioboard I made for nursery inspiration.