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Painting Vertical Stripes

 
Painting Vertical Stripes While painting a room can make for a lively update, creating a striped pattern with paint takes it to a whole new level. Want to make a small room look more airy? Try narrow, high-contrast stripes. Or try wide neutral-colored stripes to expand a tight space. Use your creativity, have fun and you're bound to be impressed with the results.

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Step 1: Measure horizontally

Step 1: Measure horizontally Start at the top of the wall and mark every five inches with the colored pencil, moving horizontally across the wall (your measurement can vary depending on how wide you'd like the stripes to be). Start measuring opposite the least-seen corner and continue around the room. Allow the stripe to fold around the corner, or adjust your measurements as necessary to end with a stripe in the corner. If you are striping a room with four adjoining walls, measure the last 4 feet of the wall and adjust the stripe widths to fit the space. Continue the pattern, making certain that you end with the appropriate colored stripe.
  

Step 2: Draw vertical lines

Step 2: Draw vertical lines Extend each stripe vertically with the level and colored pencil. Be sure your pencil closely matches the wall color.
  

Step 3: Mask off

Step 3: Mask off Tape off using painter's tape for delicate surfaces along the outside edges of the marks. Press down firmly on the inner edges of the tape. You will appear to have two widths of stripes. The wider stripe is the one that should be painted. Make a light X on the stripes that should remain in the base coat color, if desired.
  

Step 4: Repaint the base color

Step 4: Repaint the base color Repaint the base coat of the wall color onto the stripe to prevent the accent color from bleeding underneath the tape.
  

Step 5: Apply the stripe color

Step 5: Apply the stripe color After the base coat dries, apply the first coat of accent color with the mini roller. After the first coat dries, apply a second coat if necessary. Remove tape. Continue painting stripes until the entire room is completed. Carefully remove all remaining tape as soon as the last coat of paint is applied.