Living Room Painted :: How to Paint Vertical Stripes

DSC_0635 It all started with choosing between these two paint colors.  Painting them both on the wall helped me realize the colors looked fantastic together.  The result?  Stripes.  So I painted the whole room in the lighter blue shade…DSC_0641 Once the room was painted, my handy husband provided us with a chalk string.  It is a spool of string in a container of chalk (shaped kind of like measuring tape).  We lined up the string to our measuring marks on the top and bottom of the wall.  Pull the string back…snap…straight perfect chalk line.  DSC_0648We then used the chalk line as a guide to tape.  The problem?  Our tape ended up having too many gaps against the textured wall.  So my dear and patient mother hand painted down each line with a steady hand.  Next time…better tape.  My brother and sister in law swear by the Alligator brand.  Any thoughts? DSC_0652The other problem we found was that there was not a very long amount of time for the blue coat to dry (all was painted the same day).  Between that and the fact that our chalk was red, we had a really hard time wiping off the red chalk lines when we were done.  Perhaps if we let the paint dry longer OR if we used white chalk, it wouldn’t have been as much of a problem.  We are letting the paint cure for a couple weeks before we go to scrub at it again…but even with little hints of it on the wall, it is barely noticeable. 

And this is how we continued to survive as the paint dried…DSC_0656And the finished product…striped bliss… DSC_0890Please excuse my empty frames…haven’t decided what is going to go in them yet…DSC_0894 Curtains from Ikea…DSC_0895 DSC_0897 DSC_0902 DSC_0904Paint Colors:

Grey Stripe: Glidden Pebble Grey GLN50

Light Blue Stripe: Glidden Quiet Rain GLC33

Gallery Wall: Glidden French Grey GLN47

Advice on painting stripes?



16 comments:

  1. I love love love stripes! It looks awesome! I have always wanted to paint stripes on the wall..but our farm house is so old...nothing is straight anymore..I'm afaid they won't be straight!!

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  2. Love the stripes--the entire room is so nice! What a great mom to have all that patience!

    No advice on the stripes, I've never painted any. I've not used the Alligator tape, but I hate the 3M painter's tape, it didn't make clean lines for me last year when I was painting several rooms. Grrr!

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  3. Painting must be in the air.. think it's the holidays? I'm painting my new bedroom too. Love the stripes. YOu did a great job!! Lovin' the color too.

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  4. great "vertical" stripes. I did my dining room, but paid a painter to do it and he did the same thing you did.
    looks great.

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  5. I love painted stripes on walls but I would never do it because it's too much of a pain. And I'm too lazy! haha! Your stripes look wonderful. Your whole living room is fabulous!

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  6. LOVE the stripes! I just painted horizontal stripes in my office in my new home and it took a few tries to get them straight when I drew them on. I like how you barely changed the tones. You have inspired me with that idea...I think I want to try it! My office wall is a light sand and the stripes area chocolate brown. Good work! The man thought I was crazy at first wanting to paint stripes, but like normal he quickly realized how cool they were once they were done.

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  7. The stripes look fabulous!

    And I swear by Frog Tape.

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  8. Turned out great! The stripes add a nice touch to the room.

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  9. LOVE it!
    I have no tips, I have been wanting to do this but I'm too chicken! Maybe soon...

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  10. I love how it turned out Ashley... If you plan on future wall stripes here is a helpful tip...
    Once you put up your tape use painters caulking and smear it down the edge of the tape and the wall, this will "seal" all gaps in the wall texture from the paint bleeding through, it works, its quick, and fast...

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  11. love the stripes... and the entire room! when I do stripes I paint over the tape with the base color then paint the second color about an hour later then remove tape befoer it dries.

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  12. LOVE the look!!! Everything that you are doing is coming out so nice! I've done the stripes too. The problem is when you go to paint over them it is really hard to get that line to go away. The best is to mark off where the stripe goes but keep your roller a little away from the tape and let the edge be slightly rough and the paint will self level. That way when you change colors you won't see the line from the former stipes. Learned the hard way on that one.

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  13. Your stripes and colors are great! I love it!

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