How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

Here is the low down on how we rocked the stripes in Eleanor’s room….You know, in case you wanna give it the good old college try. They are big impact for a small price and just a tiny bit of elbow grease.

How to paint stripes

Once you get rocking, this goes pretty fast. It seems daunting at first, but I promise you will be able to do it. So lets learn how to paint some stripes.


  • 2 different paint colors (Duh! We are painting stripes)
  • a roller
  • a brush for cutting in
  • painters tape (We used Scotch Blue tape)
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • a chalk line
  • a partner in crime

How To:

  • Start with your base coat. This should be the lighter of the two colors. In our case that meant painting all of the walls white.
  • Decide the width of your stripes. Our stripes are all 12 inches.
  • Measure your stripes. You need two points to make a straight line. We just took a ruler and measured 12 inches down and made a tick mark with the pencil on each end of the wall.
  • You take one side of the chalk line and your partner takes the other side. You put your line on your tick marks, pull it nice and tight and snap it. That simple!
  • Repeat the measure, mark, and chalk line step until all of your lines are made. See, now you are moving and grooving!

How to paint stripes

  • Mark the places you do not want to paint with a piece of tape. Helps cut down on, “Whoops-I-painted-the-wrong-stripe”.
  • Tape your lines off. Be sure to tape on the side of the line where you will not be painting.

How to paint stripes

  • Smooth over the tape with a credit card. Make sure it is on there tight!
  • Paint away.
  • Peel off the tape while it is somewhat wet. If you let it dry fully, you might pull off some of the painted part too.
  • If you get some bleeding you can always go back in with an artist brush and your base color and touch it up.
  • Voila! Walls with personality.

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If you want to see more of E’s room and the love that we poured into it, check it out here.