I had been wanting to do a striped room for a while, but was too intimated. My sister-in-law did her nursery in stripes and it finally motivated me enough to give it a try. It was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be.
Looks great right!
Chalk line tool
Ruler or measuring tape
I did 12 inch stripes just to make the measuring simple. The most obnoxious part is the taping.
First I used a 12 inch ruler and marked every 12 inches on both sides of each wall. Then I used a chalk line tool to mark the stripes.
Basically, you put this dry chalk in the tool and shake it up. Then you use a thumb tac to tac the end of the chalk line to your first 12 inch mark on one side of the wall. Pull the chalk string out until it is the length of the wall and hold the other end tight at the other 12 inch mark you made on the other side of the wall. Make sure the chalk line is wound tight. Then just use your free hand and snap the line up. It will snap back down and leave an easy to see line across your wall. Repeat this for all your lines.
Once I had my chalk lines I put painters tape along the lines, making sure that the stripes I would be painting had the painters tape on the outside of the lines and not the inside. I also put x marks with painters tape on the stripes that I would not be painting just to make it easier not to make any mistakes.
Painting time! I was very careful to make sure I used the roller very lightly near the tape so that paint wouldn’t seep under the tape. You can also push a credit card end along the painters tape to seal it to the wall better before you start painting. Make sure you peel your painters tape off the wall before your paint is dry. If you wait until it is too dry be very carefully peeling it off as it can start to tear the dried paint off with it.
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!