8 August 2016 Tags:

Wondering how to paint stripes on a wall?  As a professional muralist, I created this quick tutorial to teach you!  You’ll get crisp lines on your wall every time!

Fellow DIYers, remember to tag me on Instagram at @about_murals so I can see your masterpiece and leave a Google Review if this helps you!

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall Tutorial

Muralist, Adrienne of AboutMurals.ca, stands next to a baseball mural she painted of a Toronto Blue Jays logo

Whether you’re adding stripes on a wall in combination with a mural, like this Blue Jays mural I painted, or just want a cool geometric look, you create stripes the same way.

Step 1: Paint The Wall

Before painting stripes on a wall, you first need to paint the entire wall (if needed) like this blue colour.

Step 2: Use A Level

Use a level to draw a pencil line on the wall.

Use a level and draw a line in pencil so you’re sure of a super straight stripe.

Step 3: Use Painter’s Tape

Use painters tape to create stripes on a wall.

Stick green painter’s tape on the wall, using the pencil line as a guide.

Put the tape just above and just below the pencil line, so that when you paint the second colour (white in my pics), you’ll cover the pencil lines.

Step 4: Seal The Tape With Paint

Seal the painter's tape with the same colour paint as the wall.

This is the top secret tip that makes crisp striped walls.

Use the original base colour (blue in my pics) and paint over the inside edge of the painter’s tape.  This seals the tape so that the white paint can’t seep under.

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall Tutorial from About Murals.

If any of this blue paint seeps under the paint, it blends right into the rest of the wall.

Step 5: Add The Second Colour

How to paint stripes on a wall DIY guide from About Murals.

Yup, that’s it.  Paint the second colour now (white in my pics)…it can’t seep under the tape because it’s been sealed.

Remember to let the base colour (blue in my pics) dry before painting the second colour, so you don’t end up mixing two colours together.  Eek!

Step 6: Remove The Tape

Painting stripes on a wall from About Murals.

This is my fave part of the whole process.  It’s like striking something off my to-do list.  It gives me a gooey feeling inside.  Oh ya, baby!

Peel it off slowly so the tape doesn’t rip and make it harder to peel off.


More Murals Using this Sneaky Tape Trick

Here are a few more murals I painted using this sneaky painter’s tape trick, so you can see all the ways it can be utilized!

Fellow DIYers, remember to tag me on Instagram at @about_murals so I can see your masterpiece and leave a Google Review if this helps you!

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About the Author: 

Adrienne is the owner and founder of About Murals. Her work has been featured on Cityline, HGTV, The DIY Network, CTV Life and The Toronto Sun. She enjoys writing about trends in wallpaper murals and creating videos teaching DIYers how to hang wallpaper. You can reach her at adrienne@aboutmurals.ca.

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