Painting Tips & Techniques
Big, Bold Stripes
It's time to make a bold statement! With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and this simple technique, you can easily add a splash of modern elegance to a classic room. Use gray tones with bold accents for a cool, contemporary look, or choose earth tones with soft contrasts to warm up the room.
Plan your striping pattern (our example shows a series of 12", 9", and 3" stripes, repeating).
When choosing paint, select one light and one dark tone of the same color, and a third contrasting accent color.
Remove wall hangings and fill nail holes.
Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and dry before you begin.
Step 1: Paint Basecoat
With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface, mask along the trim. Paint the entire wall with two coats of the lighter tone and let it dry 24 hours.
Step 2: Mark Pattern
With a tape measure and a pencil, measure and mark all stripe lines according to your pattern.
Step 3: Draw Stripe Lines
At each stripe line, use a pencil and a level to draw a straight line from the trim to the ceiling.
Step 4: Mask 9" Stripes
With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces, mask the 9" stripes from baseboard to ceiling. HINT: Keep pencil marks inside the tape so they will be covered with paint.
Step 5: Paint Dark Tone
Apply one coat of the darker-tone paint to the 9" stripes and let it dry slightly. Apply a second coat of the darker tone. Gently remove the tape, then allow paint to dry.
Step 6: Mask & Paint Accents
Mask along each side of your 3" stripes. Paint these stripes with two coats of your contrasting accent color. Gently remove tape before the paint dries.
Note: For best results, follow the paint manufacturer's instructions regarding recoat and dry times.
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