Friday Date Night
Who needs dinner and a movie? Take your honey to the paint store instead. Here’s what you’ll need:
3/8” nap paint roller and tray
2” paint brush
1” painter’s tape
Tape measure or yardstick
Level (manual or laser)
Base coat paint
Secondary paint color **
Bring your honey coffee in bed. Then, get ready to prep your wall for the base coat.
Make sure the wall is clean and dry. Tape the wall’s perimeter (ceiling, floorboard, etc). Use the lighter of the two paint colors to completely cover the wall. Give the base coat a full 24 hours to dry before you begin with prep for striping.
Now, take your honey to the movies. After all, you spent Friday night at the paint store.
Skip the kids’ soccer game. By now you’ve decided between horizontal and vertical stripes, and it’s time to measure.
We say the bolder the better. We’re seeing a lot of wide stripes—12 inches or so. And it’s preferable to plan for an uneven number. So whether you’re looking to stripe an entire feature wall or simply send a few horizontal stripes down a boring hallway, think in odd numbers.
For vertical stripes: measure from the center of the wall outward, marking each stripe with painter’s tape.
For horizontal stripes: begin measuring from the ceiling down. That way, if the stripe nearest to the floor isn’t exactly the same width, no one will notice. It will be covered up by furniture and other odds and ends.
A laser level on a tripod will make your measuring process quicker and more accurate than if you use a manual level. If you don’t have one, borrow one if possible. Either way, get your stripes marked with painter’s tape.
Time to Stripe
There are several tips for accomplishing crisp, clean lines. One method is to seal the edges of your tape with the original wall color. Once that’s dry, paint the contrasting stripe over that.
Another method to ensure clean lines is to paint over the tape with a clear glaze to seal it. Once that’s dry, go ahead and paint your secondary color over it.
Here’s the fun part: While the paint is still slightly wet, grab your honey and take turns gently pulling the tape off the wall, revealing your gorgeous stripes.
Your lines should be nice and clean and the only seepage, if any, will be your original wall paint color, which shouldn’t be noticeable.
The final step, a personal favorite, is to sit back and gloat over your beautiful wall and a perfectly romantic DIY.
Photography by Richard Gillard