I’ve been slowly working on the boys’ bedroom since we moved into our new home. One of the first things you see when you peek into the room is the closet, and I quickly became annoyed that the closet would never stay closed.
It’s currently empty since I’m organizing and switching out the seasons, but the boys constantly leave it wide open. Since it’s the first thing you see I decided maybe instead of fighting them on keeping the door closed, I should make it more interesting to look at. If the door is just going to be hanging open all the time anyway, why not do something fun? I opted to paint navy stripes on the back wall with the help of FrogTape®, and I’m going share a little FrogTape how-to with you on how to paint a striped wall. I used FrogTape® because it’s the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed. This ensures that you get a nice crisp line every time.
Measure the height of your wall (assuming you are painting horizontal stripes like I did.) I opted to include the baseboard in the overall measurement, but this is optional. I just incorporated it into the bottom white stripe.
Decide how wide you want your stripes to be. Originally I was shooting for 12 inches, but I ended up going with 11 3/4″ because it worked out more evenly with my wall height measurements. Measure and mark where your stripes will go. (I made a mark every 11 3/4 inches from top to bottom.)
Use a level to make a few more marks across the width of the wall, and snap a chalk line across where you made your marks. This will serve as a guide for your tape and will ensure that your lines are straight and level.
Use FrogTape® to tape along your chalk lines, as well as along the ceiling and wall edges. I made sure that the width of my tape would be inside the stripes I was leaving white — be sure to do this so that the actual part you are painting will be the accurate size. You can erase pencil marks and wipe away excess chalk as you go. Use FrogTape® to mark an “X” on the stripes that you are not painting. This will serve as reminder to leave those alone!
Paint your stripes (it may take more than one coat depending on the shade).
Peel off your tape while your last coat of paint is still wet. Let the paint dry and you’re all done!
I love how the striped closet plays off of their striped curtains on the other side of the room. Here’s a photo that shows a peek at those:
Painting stripes was easier than I thought, and it definitely makes an impact! I’d love to know what type of project you would do with FrogTape®. There are so many possibilities. Leave a comment and let me know!
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