Project Guide

Painting Stripes on Walls Made Easy

1
MEASURE HORIZONTALLY
Measure horizontally - Painting Vertical Stripes
  • Start at the top of the wall and mark every 5 inches with a colored pencil that closely matches the wall color. Move 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.
2
DRAW VERTICAL LINES
Draw vertical lines - Painting Vertical Stripes

Extend each stripe vertically with the level and colored pencil.

3
TAPE OFF THE WALLS
Tape off the walls - Painting Vertical Stripes
  • Tape off using painter's tape 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 to help you keep track.
4
PAINT THE BASE COLOR
Paint the base color - Painting Vertical Stripes

Paint the base coat of the wall color onto the stripe to prevent the accent color from bleeding underneath the tape.

5
APPLY THE STRIPE COLOR
Apply the stripe color - Painting Vertical Stripes
  • After the base coat dries, apply the first coat of accent color with the mini roller. After it 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.