- If one of the stripe colours is going to be the same as the rest of the room, paint all the walls first. If they’re going to be different colours, choose one as a base colour and paint the whole wall. Your stripes will be painted on top.
- The next step is to decide how many stripes you want. Measure the wall from the ceiling to the top of the skirting boards for horizontal stripes or from wall to wall for horizontal stripes.
Decide how many stripes you want on your wall, then divide the measurement by the number of stripes to get the width of your stripes.
- With a tape measure and pencil, mark along the wall the width of the stripes. Double check your measurements. Tape the lines with masking tape above and below the marks of the stripe that you will be painting. Tape the ends of the lines to create straight edges. Press the tape firmly onto the wall (an old plastic card works well for this).
- To get perfectly crisp and neat straight lines: On the inside of the line, use the base colour to paint over the edge of the tape and a little into the stripe. Wait for it to dry before painting with the contrasting colour, this will prevent the contrasting colour from leaking under the tape.
- If necessary, paint a second coat once the first is dry. Then it’s time to remove the tape. Pull it off slowly at the same angle as the stripe. If there are any leaks of colour just take a tiny paintbrush and touch up.
Voila, perfectly painted stripes!
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