I actually painted stripes on my bathroom wall! I’ve been talking about it for months and finally pulled out the paint and did it. I was SUPER nervous to do this. That’s why it took so long to pull the trigger and decide no backsies!
The pay off is SO worth it! I’m excited to show my adorable new wall! So whoop dee do..away we go:
Here’s the lucky lady before her makeover:
First, I looked up about a million tutorials on a Pinterest. There were a few basic rules running thru each tutorial. I’ll go over them with each step.
Second, I had to figure out the length of my stripes. My wall was a total of 94″ tall. I decided I wanted 9 stripes. (This allowed my tan wall color to appear as the top and bottom stripes. No need to paint trim. Yay!)
So in theory…94″ wall/9 stripes = 10.44″per stripe.
It looks easy on a calculator, but when it got put on a wall it didn’t measure quite as easy. After a few eraser marks, I got my marks somewhere between 10 1/4 and 10 1/2″. I then used a level to connect my pencil marks. This was to make sure my limes were even. A projector level would have been more than amazingly helpful at this point. But you can’t cry over what you don’t have.
The tape marks are the ones the stripes will be painted. White, here we come! The taping is the most time consuming. And here is one of the other imperative steps. You have to tape outside then pencil marks of the future stripes. The tape will end up looking like you had a few to manny drinks when you did it.
See , big stripes, little stripes. It’s those big ones you’ll be painting.
Next is another super important step! Painting the edges of the tape with the original wall color. In this case, the warm tan color. Now it would be SO EASY to skip this step but you would deeply regret this for years to come! Dramatic, right? Truth!
Paint over the edges so that your stripe paint won’t bleed. Trust me!
After it’s dry, paint those stripes! Whoo hoo, have a party! I painted 3 coats. Then took a paint high break for about 20 minutes. It’s a small bathroom!
I took the tape off after about an hour. This is another key step. Leaving it on too long can pull off the paint. Following these few simple steps made my stripes pretty damn amazing!
Now I certainly don’t know if they are even in width or even very straight and I certainly won’t be. They look even enough for me! The only problem I’ve run into is you can still see some of the darker pencil marks. And they won’t come off with a magic eraser or a good old fashioned pink eraser. My next try will be a white gum eraser and hope for the best. At least one my bathroom selfies are cuter than ever!