I hadn't really ever painted walls before so this was definitely an experiment for me. I wasn't sure how it would turn out and I'm really pleased with the results.
|The ceiling is white (same as the molding). I need some serious picture-taking help!|
I apologize in advance if I over-explain things. When I'm looking for tutorials I really want someone to walk me through it so I tried to do that.
So without further ado, here is my tutorial for painting stripes. Sorry, I don't have pictures of each step because I did this before I started blogging.
- Paint (different colors or finishes or whatever you decide for your stripes!)
- Frog tape (It works great and is worth the little extra dough compared to other painters tape. Especially if you're like me and have trouble coloring in the lines)
- Ruler or tape measure
- Laser level (nothing fancy. I got this black and decker one from Home Depot for under $15. Its also great for hanging pictures)
Start in the corner of the room that is least visible (so if you end up with a stripe that's not the right width it won't be noticed). Use the ruler to measure how wide you want your stripe and mark this with a pencil on the bottom of the wall, just above the trim. Then, put your laser level at the bottom of the wall on your pencil mark (if you use the black and decker one it has a little pin. I actually stick this into the wall). Get eye level (ie. lay on the ground) and make sure your line is level, then begin at the top of the wall and tape down the laser line.