Easy Way to Paint Perfect Stripes

August 11, 2014 by 11 Comments

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When we moved into our new house, this hallway was a dark chocolate brown color.  I painted it a light, neutral color — Gray Owl  to make it a little brighter.  It definitely helped, but when the garage door shuts, the the light gray walls  are still a little darker than I prefer.  I’d been planning on adding white stripes for a while and thanks to your feedback, I went with wide, horizontal stripes and I’m LOVING it!  And thanks to PaintBlock® Technology that is in FrogTape® — painting stripes was easy and turned out fabulous!  Here’s how to Paint Perfect Stripes.

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When I’m painting walls, I have found it saves so much time when I prep the area with FrogTape®.  This hallway has a ton of texture so I used, Textured Surface by FrogTape — except around the thermostat — just regular FrogTape® for that spot.

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Step One – Measure

Decide how far apart you want your stripes.  I marked my wall every 17.5 inches in several spots along the span of the wall.

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Step Two – FrogTape®

If you don’t want to have to go back and touch up your lines — this stuff is definitely your best pick!  FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed.

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Step Three – Apply Tape

Pressing down into texture, eliminating gaps.

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Step Four – Activate Sealer

How?!?  So easy — run a damp cloth along the tape’s edge.  FrogTape® is pretreated with PaintBlock® and this will activate it to help ensure a good seal.

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Step Five – Apply Edge Sealer

Shake bottle, tightly attach the brush applicator to the bottle.  Using the brush applicator, apply the edge sealer generously along the tape’s edge that you want to seal.  Apply in an overlapping, circular, or back and forth motion, being sure to sufficiently cover.  You should visibly see the milky solution as it dispenses.

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Step Six – Paint

Allow edge sealer to dry for 15 minutes before painting.  Remove tape when final coat of paint is dry to the touch.

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Check out that line — totally perfect!

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And because our kitchen is totally gutted, I had to find a new key storage solution to replace my key drawer —

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 The print and frame on the left are from IKEA.

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 I love my new wall pieces, but it wouldn’t look near as good without these perfect stripes!

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 Adding the white stripes has lightened this hallway!

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 Follow the FrogTape Textured Surface board on Pinterest Pinterest — so many fun ideas!

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School is about to start back — what will you be making that Textured Surface™ would be perfect for?!

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11 Responses to “Easy Way to Paint Perfect Stripes”
  1. My walls are super textured too, so I need to buy the textured Frog tape. Great tutorial.

  2. Tanya says:

    The wall has turn out to be perfect! The choice of color is superb and the wall pieces adorn it well. Gorgeous!!

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

  3. Your hallway looks stunning!! Love the idea of his and hers car key holders nearby…great idea!

  4. Rhonda says:

    Wow those stripes look amazing! I used regular frog tape on my textured walls and even that worked well… I’ll have to try this tape when I attempt stripes in my half bath!

  5. Hildie says:

    Wow! This is a game-changer! I can’t tell you how tired I am of painting stripes free-hand because of stupid textured walls!

  6. Stacey says:

    Your hallway looks great! This tape might be the best solution for me. We have areas of the house that need to be painted a lighter color but we have rounded corners in many places. Rounded corners mean no stopping point even when you are turning from one room to another. This might help!

  7. Amy, your hallway is fresh and so updated! LOVE the stripes. And the frog tape for textured walls works fabulously!!! What a great job!

  8. It looks great! I haven’t seen this kind of Frog Tape. I need to check it out with my next project.
    Thanks,
    KC

  9. Very refreshing and interesting tip especially #4. Would be very helpful when I am going to paint stripes in my own hallway!

    Aimee I love your Ideas!

  10. Crystelle says:

    Thanks for this great tut. I want to paint my hall with stripes as well (great minds think alike, right?) and these are such great tips. I think frog-tape is the way to go! Hope you have a fabulous week!! :)
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

  11. Kelsey says:

    So cute – I love the his/hers key holders! The stripes look PERFECT!! I’m so impressed.

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