Fast, Easy, No-Taping Technique for Striping Paint on the Walls
Question: I am tempted to paint stripes on my bedroom walls, but I shudder when I think of all the taping I'll have to do!
Is there an easier way to stripe a wall?Answer:
As a matter of fact, there are several techniques available to you - see "How to Paint Stripes Without Taping"
for a list of ideas.
In addition, here's another fast and easy method (it works best for painting tone-on-tone, dull and shiny finish, 6" stripes):1)
Paint the walls in the desired color, using a flat or matte finish paint. 2)
Allow the paint to dry for a day. 3)
Using a plumb line or level, indicate the paths for the stripes with small pencil tick marks. 4)
Using a very straight two-by-four piece of wood, hold the four-inch side of the lumber against the wall, lining it up with the pencil marks.
Using a six-inch wide mini roller and urethane (choose from satin, semi-gloss or gloss), run the roller edge down the side of the two-by-four, until a nice even coat of urethane is on the wall. 5)
Remove the two-by-four and line it up on the other side of the just completed wet stripe. Once again using the six-inch roller, roll down the other side of the two-by-four. 6)
Continue until you finish the wall(s) or room. TIP:
Use a sponge roller - other roller types my create irregular stripe lines/edges.