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How to paint horizonal stripes on a feature wall

Updated on May 10, 2012

Equipment Needed.

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 Shades of Paint that compliment each other
  • Masking tape/scotch tape
  • pencil for marking out measurements
  • Spirit Level
  • Another person to help you!


Deciding on an Idea

A few weeks ago I wanted to paint my Sun room which had dull colours on the wall and as it opened out onto a huge garden I needed so use some colours that reflected that. I decided that greens would compliment this and look clean and fresh and modern looking. My other problem was a feature wall with a flat screen TV on it. Initially I thought of buying wallpaper with a bold pattern on it but the TV would have gone missing in the pattern and maybe would not be able to concentrate on watching the TV but watching the wallpaper instead!! I needed to be something that would match the whole room. My next idea was Horizontal stripes, I had seen these all in the magazines but with a limited budget these type of stripey wallpapers were quite expensive. I'm quite a creative person so I thought maybe I could do them myself using the colours I had put into the sun room.

Using Horizontal Stripes are also great for making a room appear bigger than it is.

What to do

  • Decide which wall you are going to use as your feature wall its usually the one facing you as you walk into a room or one with a fireplace or Flat screen TV on wall in my case.
  • Make sure your wall is prepared before painting and any lumps or cracks are sanded and filled. Preparation is the key as once painted and marks showing up can ruin the look your after!
  • Measure the height of your wall from the top of the skirting board to the ceiling. If you have architrave or coving around your ceiling then measure the actual wall space that you will be painting.
  • Decide on how many stripes you want to do and divide the height of your wallspace and divide by how many stripes...this will give you the thickness of each stripe. Mine were
  • Keep it simple - I used 4 horizontal stripes but looks very effective!
  • Next - measure out the thickness of your stripes. Start from the bottom first. Measure from the top of your skirting board up to the measurement you have of each stripe and place a small pencil mark or dots on the wall.
  • Measure along the whole length of the wall until you have a line of equal markings along your wall. Remember the dotted line is where the edge of your First stripe will be.
  • continue to measure upwards from the first set of markings up to the next and carry this on until your wall has been marked out for all your stripes.
  • Next - you will need help with this, Using the masking tape place the lower edge of the tape onto the dotted line. If you have a large wall you may need another person to stretch the tape across for you before sticking it down so that you have a straight line.
  • Stick the tape down loosely and stand back from the wall to see if it looks straight. Use a spirit level to check if it is straight if you need to.
  • Once it is straight then press the tape down firmly concentrating on any of the edges making sure it is well stuck down to the wall. (Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Make sure you press all along the edges to prevent paint seeping through
Figure 1. Make sure you press all along the edges to prevent paint seeping through | Source
Pull the masking tape off gently directing it downwards
Pull the masking tape off gently directing it downwards
  • Paint your first stripe , you will need 2 coats of paint, so leave the masking tape on the wall until the paint had dried.
  • Once the paint has dried, lift off the tape pulling it downwards all along the wall.
  • Hey presto you have painted the first stripe!
  • Once the first stripe has dried you need to start your second one, this time placing the top edge of the masking tape over the top edge of the stripe you have just painted, you may need to place it just below the line of the stripe so that the next one overlaps slightly.
  • For this second stripe you also need to place the bottom edge of your masking tape on your next marked out line you have. Repeat the process of painting leaving it to dry and then pulling off the masking tape carefully making sure there are are no smudges.
  • Repeat the whole process again for your next stripe until you get to the top.

The finished look in my sunroom
The finished look in my sunroom

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