Phew! I am so glad to be back. Just sitting down to write this post for all of you feels like a break! The past 2 weeks have been insane in the membrane. But seriously. I’ve barely had a chance to breath. Sitting down feels like a luxury. Thank God we leave for a mini-vacay tomorrow! Woo!
Part of all of our busy-ness has included having lots of company over. Of course, in my crazy person brain, that meant that I wanted to make the main bath pretty for them to use. You know… because my to-do list wasn’t long enough already. Crazy person, I’m telling you. Praise the Lord I have such a wonderful husband who puts up with my whims.
Our main bath was totally usable but it was quite dingy. Besides being super boring beige, the baseboards were all scratched up and the paint job was very poorly done. So of course, I wanted to add my own little she-bang before everyone came over. What’s a girl to do to add some pop to a small bathroom?? Stripes, of course! I learned a few tips along the way while learning how-to make the perfect stripes… so I thought I would pass them on to you all!
So first, paint your wall one of the colors you want your stripes. We went with a really nice warm greige. It is called Wheat Bread by Behr. Next up, you need to tape off your stripes. Here is where some people get confused. Notice how some stripes above look bigger than the others? Well below is a little diagram to help you all understand why…
When painting my stripes, I wanted them all to be equal. And equal for me was roughly 10.5-inches. My first set of stripes were the greige ones (aka my base wall color), the second set was going to be the white ones. My blue tape was 1-inch wide. So my white stripe area that I was about to paint (between the tape) needed to be 10.5-inches and my greige stripes measured 8.5-inches (between the tape). So when the tape is removed both sets of stripes would be 10.5-inches wide. Simply adjust for whatever your tape width is and however big you want your stripes to be. Make sense?? I hope so! It helps a lot to draw it out before you do it. That way you don’t have to do it twice.
To put up the tape, I measured up either 8.5 or 10.5-inches (depending on which stripe it was supposed to be) starting from the baseboard or from the previous line and marked it with a pencil. Then I started to put on my blue tape. It wasn’t as important to me to have the tape exactly on my pencil marks as much as it mattered that they were level. So I would check for level and adjust a tiny bit as needed. It would be helpful if you grew an additional 14 hands for this part. Or, you know, another person could work too.
Also, because of my stupid textured walls, the tape didn’t always want to stick well. So press it down really good to get a good seal.
Once you have your stripes taped off, pull out your base wall color again. Paint a little of your base color over the edge of the tape in the area you need to paint a stripe. This helps give you a good seal on your tape.
Now, paint you other color stripes and over the painted tape edge. I got a little eager for the next step before I took the picture. So pretend that one stripe has tape still up.
This is another important part that some people mess up. Wait about 10 minutes after you paint the last coat for each stripe and then remove the tape. You want the paint to be a little tacky still. This helps it not to pull off too much paint. You should also remove your tape by pulling up and out. Not straight out. It also helps break the seal and leave a nice clean line.
Voila! Perfect paint lines! I didn’t do exactly perfect when I sealed my tape so I had to touch up 1 stripe. But mostly, all the other ones were perfecto! Of course, you can see that I’ve done a little bit more to the bathroom than just paint some stripes. Just thought I would wet your appetite and give you a little sneak peek. More on that later!
Do you like the stripes trend? Do you have stripes anywhere in your home?