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How to Paint Stripes on a Textured Wall

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I am going to share with you, over the next couple of weeks, my baby girl’s nursery and all the fun DIY and upcycled projects that went into it.  I had a laundry list of projects I wanted to do for her room, and, to my surprise, I got almost all of them accomplished.  Stick with me and I’ll share all the fun with you, including some detailed tutorials.

First up, Paint!  We figured out how to paint crisp stripes on a textured wall.

Oh Baby nursery series
painting stripes on a textured wall

We started with a blank slate, a bare room with carpet.  I knew immediately when I found out I was having girl that I wanted to use coral in her room.  My husband and I finally agreed on a small stripe separating coral above and a light aqua below.  

I had originally wanted to do stripes everywhere, but am so glad we went this route.  This house has very textured walls and striping can be tricky.  Luckily I consulted the right paint expert at Home Depot and learned a nifty little trick to get crisp lines on these bumpy walls.

paint prep - a taped room

For starters enlist the help of hubby and cousin to do most of the painting as I was 6 months pregnant and had a great excuse not to :)

I taped off the molding and the stripe using a quality painter’s tape made for drywall.  I chose to add the stripe about 14 inches below the ceiling, using a level and pencil I drew a line around the room.  I used a 2 inch tape for my stripe and left the original white paint (in good condition) underneath.

Here’s the trick to paint stripes on a textured wall.  I picked up a tube of paintable silicon caulk, as the Home Depot expert suggested, and smoothed a thin line of it across the edges of the tape.  I used my finger to smooth it over the edge and into the wall.  This seals the edge of the tape but is thin enough that it does not show through the paint.  Without the caulk the paint would seep right through tape edge.  This caulk is paintable within 30 minutes.

Painting a stripe on a textured wall

Once the boys were done painting everything (oh and Grandma too, she did the detail work along the ceiling) we peeled off the tape to reveal a perfect stripe!  I am so happy with how this turned out.  We used Behr Cool Melon 170B-4 and Refreshing Pool 500A-2.

crisp stripe on a textured wall, tutorial included
how to paint stripes on a textured wall

Take a look at how to stencil a textured wall using similar tips.

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A couple weeks after the paint dried we dressed up these walls a bit more.  Take a look at the Alphabet wall decals and Gallery Wall.

Thanks for visiting!

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Friday 21st of February 2014

Well, who knew? I guess Home Depot


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

Very nice, Sarah! I just pinned your post because I liked it so much.


Thursday 20th of February 2014

Thank you!

Amanda (Moming About)

Monday 17th of February 2014

Uhm, I love you? I have heard that if you paint with your base color first, it has the same effect. Not sure if that makes sense, but (for example) if you have white walls and paint the edge of your stripes with white paint and let it dry, it's suppose to have the same effect.


Thursday 20th of February 2014

Yeah that makes sense, I bet it would work just as well. We had newly painted white walls and not a lot of the base left over so we went this route. Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

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