Monday, July 12, 2010

Painting stripes



I got an email asking how to paint stripes on walls after seeing my parents bathroom re-design. All you need is a laser level, frog tape, and paint. It's a little tedious but a lot cheaper than wallpaper.

I'm including photos of my brother's bedroom from a few years ago. He told me he wanted me to design his room but he wanted no color and something cool on the wall. I thought maybe a racing stripe or two. He also stressed that he wanted it to be modern and not pretty because he's a man, haha.

Unfortunately for me, I didn't know about frog tape when I started my brother's room. Frog tape is soooo much better than blue painter's tape. There is NO bleeding, it's the best ever when adding a painted graphic to a wall. Its a little more expensive, but it's worth not having to go back and touch everything up by hand.

Be sure to measure out the size of the stripes you want and place them evenly on the wall. Draw a sketch to see if you like it. A laser level is important because who wants a crooked stripe?! Plus it shoots across the whole wall so you don't have to worry about veering up or down. Tape up the stripes and paint, it's that easy!











44 comments:

  1. Your stripes look perfect great tutorial!

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  2. That is awesome. I wonder if you could use in on a floor too to make faux checks. Hmmmm I might have to try that.

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  3. Those are awesome!!! How does the frog tape compare to normal blue painters' tape?

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  4. you can definitely use it on a floor just make sure to to sweep then mop first :)

    Kaysi - in my experience, frog tape is MUCH better. The reason being is that it's made with paintblock technology. Blue tape leaves little bleeds that need touching up. Frog tape gives you perfect stripes EVERY time. I'm forever sold on it :)

    Heres a link to the website so you can check it out: http://frogtape.com/

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  5. one thing i forgot to mention....frog tape REFUSES to stick to new paint (paintblock technogoly's fault). Make sure your wall has been dry a couple of days. If you're in a rush, blue tape sticks to new paint but you risk peeling some up with it.

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  6. I've never heard of frog tape... maybe they don't sell it here in Canada :-(

    Striped walls are such a great affect, and the wall you did for your brother is terrific!

    It was great to see you over at DesignTies yesterday - I'm glad you like my new drapery!!

    Victoria

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  7. I am stopping by from the Somewhat Simple link party.

    This is a gorgeous paint job!!! Wow!

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  8. great idea.

    i would love to feature this how-to on my blog.

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

    -ang

    greensubmarinediydesign.blogspot.com

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  9. Victoria: here's the website, there is a where to buy tab, maybe you can find somewhere near you that carries it - http://frogtape.com/

    Thanks so much everyone :)

    Ang- thank you! you can definitely feature this, i'm new so its hard getting people over here :) thanks so much for your compliment

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  10. I love the stripes!!

    (visiting from nff)

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  11. Hello! I am visiting from NFF, but I am also a fellow Miamian! :) I LOVE your stripes. I did the same thing in my dining room, but with a clear, glossy stripe rather than a different color. What you've done looks amazing!

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  12. Visiting from NFF!
    Love the stripes,they look great!

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  13. I've been wanting to do stripes forever - they look fantastic!

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  14. That is great! I want to do softer stripes in my next babies nursery!

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  15. What a lucky brother you have! Great stripes - they look cool. Jen-SheEndeavors

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  16. Stunning. Those colors are perfect together!!!

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  17. I've tried to make stripes and did not use the 'good tape'... found out the hard way! Your walls are stunning and I so love the color combination... thank you for the useful information.. I will try this again.
    Sandy
    thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  18. Just to let you know.. Frog tape is at walmart...
    again... love your walls!
    I'm a new follower!
    Sandy
    thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  19. thank you everyone :) i love looking at all of your blogs too! feeling inspired <3

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  20. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!!

    -Rene

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  21. I'm sold on frog tape! Thanks for the tutorial. You're stripes look amazing!

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  22. Wow. Frog tape. These are amazing. I tried with blue painter tape. and the results were horrifying. I had to call a professional to fix my mess.

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  23. Im a new follower here. Come check me out at:
    www.joybeadworks.blogspot.com

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  24. WOW! AWesome job on the stripes! I'm a new follower - can't wait to read more!

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  25. Happy WW!

    I'm your latest follower

    Have a nice day!

    http://sokikay.blogspot.com

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  26. I totally needed to see this today! i was searching the internet last night for stripe inspiration and I found it here! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my 'featured" button.

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  27. thank you michelle! :) will do

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  28. I love striped walls!!!
    So cute!

    xoxo
    bB

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  29. I've heard that tape works alot better than the older painters type brand! Thanks for linking up to topsy turvy tuesday. This is a great stripe tutorial!

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  30. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  31. This is going on my favs list.

    Cheri

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  32. Wow! I can't believe what crisp, beautiful stripes you were able to achieve :)

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  33. This post has also grabbed me. Great pictures and information. I appreciate the advice and I'm your newest follower. I invite you to visit my blog and if so inspired, please do likewise. I'm also having a spray-painter giveaway. I have one just like the one I'm offering as a giveaway and it's wonderful.

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  34. whoa - that's a lot of painter's tape. :) and how wonderful it turned out! i applaud anyone who has the patience and ability to tape straight lines like this. my walls would just look wobbly and sad. :)

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  35. Awesome job! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

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  36. Thank you for bringing to my attention that this was your original post. I have since adjusted the link on my blog and referred back to you, as it should be. What a wondeful and inspirational project. Thank you!

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  37. Hi Jackie,
    I saw this post featured on Jan's bookmarked sites for August post and just fell in love with your wall. Great tutorial too.
    I included your pic with a link to your tutorial in my blog post today. Hope you get to stop over and check it out.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome wall!
    Rose

    http://confessionsofacurbshopaholic.blogspot.com/2010/09/stripes-outside-are-you-crazy.html

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  38. WOW! i love the stripes wall Jackie! it's beautiful!!! now i want to paint my room! :(

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  39. I love the stripes in your room. I have a tool that makes painting stripes fun and hassle free. My dad invented a tool called the U-Stripe It & Design Tool. In 2010 it was named Cool Tools by DIY. I believe using this tool with your designs would make everyone happy. You are right, it is a lot cheaper and easier than wallpaper. Great Job. www.ustripeit.com Phill

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  40. This is so amazing! I have wanted to do this on a wall in the house but just haven't picked a color. I have a small wall so it will be perfect. Now you have inspired me to go for it, thanks!

    Megan

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  41. What are your dimensions/measurements of the stripes?

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  42. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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let me know what you think :)