Aug 2, 2011

Painting stripes - tips for a better look.

A fresh new look for your walls is the use of striping - horizontal or vertical.  It's a rather easy update and you can use your base wall color instead of re-painting everything.  Here are a few ideas to make it look finished.

1. Start with even lines.  Use a level and pencil marks to create guide marks on the wall.
2. Press a quick release tape, 2" or more in thickness, under or over to your marks - its easiest if you paint over them - and press it onto the wall firmly.
3.  Working in 4 foot square areas, apply a mixture of paint and glaze (equal parts of each) using a roller. This will enable a longer drying time to allow you to work the entire wall and add a bit of luminosity to the stripe.
4. With a stippling brush, pounce the paint/glaze stripe, creating a softened look.
5. While the glaze is still tacky, remove your tape.

The end result is a softened, almost suede-like effect.