How to Snap a Chalk Line for Painting Wall Stripes

Painting stripes with a chalk line is a... snap!

Painting stripes with a chalk line is a... snap!


I want to paint 3 diagonal wall stripes on the accent wall in my living room, so I bought a chalk line - but I am not sure how to use it.


To snap a chalk line longer than 3 feet, you'll need a partner.

One person should hold the chalk box on the mark at one edge of the wall, while the other stretches the string to the mark at the opposite edge and holds it taut.

Hold the chalk line to the mark

One of you should reach toward the center, pinch the taut string away from the surface (don't lift it too much) and then release it.

Lift and snap the chalk line

It will leave a straight, powdery line between the marks.

A blue guide line created by chalk

To snap really long lines, you'll need to put another mark in the middle of the wall and use three people - two will hold the string at the end marks, while the third person will make sure the string is aligned with the middle mark before she pinches and snaps it.

TIP: Chalk lines usually contain blue chalk that is difficult to wipe off. Instead, you might want to empty out the box and refill it with a mixture of 3 parts talcum powder and 1 part blue chalk.

Also, paint and glaze don't adhere well to chalk, so once you've masked the stripe pattern, brush or wipe off the chalk (using a clean soft cloth).

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by: Anonymous

Yeah, I'll probably have to get two more people to help me out with this one - we are doing a foyer! :(

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