How do you paint stripes without taping the walls? What are the best tools to use for marking guide lines? Should the pattern be centered?
See the answers to these questions below and learn what to ask yourself before you start - to plan, lay out and paint stripes like a pro.
Striping paint successfully takes time and requires patience and specific know-how.
Unlike regular painting, stripes (as well as any pattern calling for a grid configuration - such as checkerboard or plaid designs) should be planned out in detail before you start.
Though this preliminary planning stage may seem tedious, time-consuming and even unnecessary, it's important that you think these patterns through to ensure that corners, obstacles and architectural elements such as doors and windows, and any oddities like sloping floors or differing wall heights are accommodated ahead of time.
NOTE: the following advice assumes you are painting stripes on walls but you can easily adapt it for striping a floor, ceiling or other surface.
Some paint striping projects may seem overwhelming, while others look deceptively simple... only to baffle you mid-way - but these questions are a good place to start no matter the complexity of your desired pattern.
You may find that you need to change some aspect of the pattern once you complete the planning and testing stage - because oftentimes a design concept that works great in your head does not pan out quite as well in the real life application.
And that's the main value of all this preparation work - to find and avoid any potential problems before you even start.
Once you've answered these questions, make a scale drawing of your pattern on graph paper - it's the best way to test its proportions, placement and feasibility in the actual room setting (as well as tweak it if needed).
If everything looks great, transfer the pattern to the walls (measure, mark and tape it off) - now you know for sure that the paint stripes you envision in your head will actually look the same when painted on the walls.
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