In today’s post I’m going to be talking about one of the very first projects I took on in our home, painting an accent striped wall in our master bedroom. Our master bedroom was the first room I decided to tackle after moving in. Considering it’s the room we end and begin each and every day in, it just seemed like an important place to start.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two paint colors of your choice
- Disposable paint trays-they are cheap and easy
- Cheap paint rollers-I don’t know about you, but scrubbing paint from used rollers is not one of my spare time hobbies
- Frog Tape-I read this brand works the best
- Tape measure
- Yard stick
- Laser Level-this thing was a life saver, I got mine here.
- Someone with a little bit of patience to hold the laser level while you trace your lines-for me that was my lucky husband
Ok, now that you know what all you need, let’s get started!
First, you want to pick your colors. For me, this part was easy. I knew that I wanted something classic, something timeless. I wanted a color that I could go to sleep every night and wake up every morning looking at and never get sick of. To me the color grey was an absolute no brainer. Now that was the easy part, knowing I wanted to use grey. However, finding the perfect two shades of grey…now that was a whole different story.
*Always remember, sample colors are your friend.
Next, you want to decide how many stripes you want. You may wish to do several skinnier stripes or a few thicker stripes. The choice is yours. Once you decide the look that you desire you then need to measure the wall you are wanting to paint. Remember, if you have baseboards or crown molding not to measure those. You only want to measure the “actual” wall in which you are painting. Then, you just divide the length of the wall by the number of stripes you want to get the measurement of how big each stripe will be.
This is where the fun starts…
Now that you have your colors picked, and the number of stripes you want, you’re ready to get started. Since I wanted the main wall color to be DARK grey and the accent stripes LIGHT grey, I painted the entire wall DARK grey first. Once the paint dries, starting from the top of the wall measure the thickness of the first stripe and using a ruler I just marked a small reference line so I knew where to place the laser level, do this all the way down to your last stripe. Now, this is where that laser level I mentioned above comes into play. With the help of my husband I traced the lines with a pencil all the way across the wall. My husband held the laser level while I traced the laser line down the wall using the yardstick. Then, once I had all the lines marked on the wall I taped just under the line using Frog Tape. It should look something like this…
Now that you have the stripes measured and the tape up, the rest is a breeze. I wanted the DARK grey stripes to be at the very top and very bottom to create a contrast against the ceiling and the base boards. Once I figured that out I labeled the LIGHT stripes with a pencil to completely eliminate the possibility of painting the wrong stripe.
***Here’s the key to those PERFECT, crisp lines***
Since DARK grey is my main color I took the DARK grey and painted the inside of the tape that outlines the LIGHT grey stripe. I did this for two coats. If you think about it, if the DARK grey paint bleeds a little it’s going to bleed into the DARK grey. After that dried I then painted the LIGHT grey stripes. So essentially you are just painting the main color on the borders of your accent color BEFORE you paint your accent color. That way your accent color doesn’t bleed. Make sense?!
Now that you have your stripes painted it’s important that you take your tape off while the paint is still wet to avoid the tape peeling off your paint. Once you remove your tape your stripes should look something like this…
VOILA, you’re done!
It’s as easy at that. Give the paint plenty of time to dry then feel free to decorate the wall as you please and enjoy. I chose to keep my decor on the stripe wall simple. I didn’t want anything to bold that would take away from those stripes I just worked so hard on!
Hope this way helpful, it was a little bit of work and a whole lot of learning as I went, but I will definitely say it was well worth it! It added just the little bit of “pop” that our master bedroom needed. I swear if we ever decide to move I am taking this entire wall with us!
Lots of love,