I promised you a striped tutorial, did I not? Well, I aim to please, so let’s get on with it!
Here are the list of items I used for my stripes…
Since I wanted the stripes on this accent wall to be softer and a bit more feminine, I decided to go with even spaced lines between the painted stripes. For this reason I measured the height of my wall FIRST, and then found a number that could divide into the total, evenly.
My Wall Height = 87 inches (divided) by 3 = 29 Stripes Total.
I figured I would either be doing 3 or 4 inch stripes.
Marking off your wall is DEFINITELY the hardest, most labor intensive part of this entire project. It’s not really physically or mentally hard, it’s just… boring and monotonous.
Directions for Painting Lines:
– Only mark ONE line at a time. Meaning, start at your ceiling, measure 3 inches down, put a small pencil mark, and then move down your wall about 2.5 feet (horizontally). Mark 3 inches down from the ceiling again, and keep doing that, till you get to the end of the opposite side of the wall.
– Once your 3 inch points are marked, use the longest level that you possibly can hold up, connect one end of your level to one point, and the other end of the level to your next marked point. Make sure the bubble in your level is right in the middle, and then draw a faint pencil line to connect the two… continue down the wall.
– When starting the next line, use your previously marked line above, and go off of that, to measure your new 3 inch points. This will help to keep your lines consistent with each other, in case your wall or ceiling is crooked at all.
* Using the longest level that you can, will help the line drawing process move MUCH quicker.
* Always start at the top (towards the ceiling) when beginning your lines, because if your wall or ceiling is crooked at all and your measurements end up being a bit off in the end, your “oops line” (that may only be about 2.5 inches or a bit smaller than the rest of the lines) will be on the bottom, instead of at the top.
– Once your lines are all marked off, it’s time for tape!
Because we had just painted the entire room only about 24 hours before, I used Scotch Blue Advanced Delicate Surface tape, to make sure that when I pulled the tape off after the stripes were painted, I wouldn’t have any damage to my base coat of paint underneath.
* I bought the 2 inch tape (the largest they had) so I had to double up my tape to fill up that 3 inch line.
This process only took about 30 minutes and for some reason was really therapeutic. ha!
Originally I had thought that we would paint the stripes white and gray, but I didn’t want the look to be TOO stark, so I just moved down on my color swatch (again, to the Repose Gray) and decided to paint the stripes one shade darker. It worked out perfectly, because I had just enough paint left from our office, to finish this wall as well!
* We use a satin finish on all of our wall color, and semi-gloss on all of our white trim and doors.
– Using a non-textured roller and small cutting brush I started painting my stripes. The best part about THIS step, is that you don’t have to be too careful, since all of the wall you DON’T want painted is completely covered!
* I painted two good coats of the Repose Gray on my exposed wall stripes.
– Immediately after you’re done applying the second coat of paint, you can remove your painters tape, to reveal your beautiful new stripes!
I have to admit that I did all the measuring, taping and painting on my own, but when it came to the big reveal, I let the twins get in on the action.
They had been by my side the whole time. Asking… “Is it done yet?” and “Can we see the stripes now?” So letting them peel the tape off the wall was really fun for me to watch, because they were literally giggling with excitement over each new stripe that appeared.
I have to be honest and say, that I love, LOVE, L.O.V.E the way that this accent wall turned out! It gives just the right amount of “drama”, and I know that it will act as the perfect backdrop for the rest of the plans that I have for this space.
As I’m sure you all know, decorating a room and making a space even more beautiful in my home, is one of the best feelings to me. But being able to do ALL of that, WITH my two, sweet, oldest girls, makes this journey so much MORE fun and rewarding. The sense of pride that exudes from them every time we go shopping, or make plans for something new and cool in their “big-girl” room, has got to be one of the best things that I’ve been able to experience as a Mom, so far in this stage of my girls’ life. I love the feeling of working together to accomplish something really meaningful and special to ALL of us.
So that being said, we’re continuing to work hard on the rest of the room. We’ve picked out some accent furniture, bought a couple of fun, small decor pieces with the remaining garage sale money that we earned this Summer, and are DYING to show you more, as things start coming together!
coming up next…
The PERFECT White-Ruffly-Comfy-Princess bed!
We’re just waiting on a ‘sassy-pink’ headboard to arrive, and then we’ll share ALL the details.