Wall Striping in a Flat and Glossy Finish
by Tonya Laskin
Wall stripes in our bedroom
I just wanted to share my stripe painting project with you. I did the stripes only on the main wall in the room, I guess you can call it an accent wall. The rest of the room is painted solid blue.
Choosing paint color was a no brainer to me - blue is my favorite, and it goes great with whites and browns (the color of our furniture and bedding). I got the idea for this finish from a friend of mine.
Instead of using 2 shades of blue (something I was going to do), she said I could use just one color of paint and some clear varnish to get a similar effect.
How it works is, you apply the base coat as usual, wait for it to dry, then tape off the stripes. Then you use clear varnish (make sure it's water based) to paint the stripes.
When it's nice and dry, remove the tape and voila! The stripes will look different, it will be a very elegant light and dark pattern.
The cool part is, the stripes appear to be changing all the time, sometimes the effect is so subtle you can barely notice it, sometimes it's very obvious. Sometimes it looks like wallpaper!
My husband and I both did the painting and it went pretty well. The painting was actually the easiest part. The part that took the longest and was the biggest pain was the actual taping.
You will really hate tape after you get done with a project like this! You’ll be going stripe crazy trying to make sure they’re straight.
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