Want to paint your own striped walls? It’s pretty easy to do…just a little time consuming…but it doesn’t take a pro.
When we built our home I was already dreaming of painting striped walls in our staircase. When we finally moved in it was one of the first things I did. And I am SO glad I did it! I get so many compliments on how freakin’ fabulous the stripes look. It’s a lot of work because it is so time consuming, but you don’t need to hire a pro to do it…although I was tempted to hire someone to paint the highest two story parts of our stairs, but no, I bucked up and did it myself because I’m a DIYer and that’s what I do!
Striped Walls Materials Needed:
- Paint Trays, Paint Roller & Brush, and Paint (I used Gray Ghost by Olympic)
- A Large Level
- Painter’s tape (I like the green Frog Tape the best)
Striped Walls Instructions:
- Start with white walls.
- Start at your baseboards and measure upward with your ruler 1 foot. Place a mark with your pencil in one foot increments all the way up to your ceiling. Most ceilings are 8′, 9′, or 10′ high, so marking at 1′ increments will help keep it even all the way up.
- Now, use the large and wide level tool and line it up with your pencil lines that you drew on all of the walls. Continue and mark the entire room, floor to ceiling, making sure to keep the level straight and even.
- Apply the painters tape to all of the pencil marks. Make sure the tape lines up as evenly as possible to the pencil lines. Keep it straight and continuous all the way around the room, floor to ceiling. Make sure to press down firmly on the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from bleeding underneath the tape. And be sure to keep the tape in the sections that will be white, leaving the stripes that you will paint free and clear of any tape.
- Now you can paint the stripes. If you can get that really good paint that only requires one coat, then do it! It’s worth the extra money. Halfway into painting our stripes I wished I had thought to get it so I didn’t have to put a second coat on!
- Wait 24 hours and then remove the painters tape ever so slowly and carefully. I did not have many places where the gray paint bled beneath the tape, but if you do just use a teeny art paint brush and touch it up with white paint.
In the pic above I’m using my level and pencil to mark lines on the walls. I had actually painted all of the low stripes on our stairs previously and here I am going back and doing the hardest parts way up high which I had put off for almost a year! So glad that’s finally done!
It was way scary being so high and in such awkward positions on the ladder while trying to reach and mark the pencil lines.
But look how gorgeous it turned out! I’m soooo glad I did it. The striped walls look absolutely fantastic in person and this is one of my favorite places in my home. Why can’t your staircase be a special place?! You pass through it multiple times a day so make it gorgeous, whether with stripes, beautiful wallpaper, or a fabulous photo collage on the walls! Staircases should be ANYTHING but plain old cream or beige walls. Make your staircase special and I promise people will rave about it because it’s so unexpected!
Please comment below if you try painting striped walls with this technique or have questions about how to do it.