10 Step DIY Striped Accent wall

June 26th, 2014 by Lindsay Martin with 2 comments

We just moved to a new house and I was dying to cover up an offensive shade of tangerine/pink in my daughters room. I loved her room decor at our old house (we hired a college student to paint a big white tree on a green accent wall) but this time I wanted to do something a bit different.

I saw some adorable ideas on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of a striped accent wall. First of all, let me say… I am not much of a DIY painter. I love the idea of doing it myself but who has time to figure out how to do this and not take the whole day away from your kids? I decided to jump in feet forward and give it a shot. At the end if the day, I could always paint the whole wall the accent color and move on… Right? Forward I marched.

I knew I needed reinforcements to help me so I recruited my wonderful hubby and mother in law. Armed and ready we followed these 10 simple steps below.

The results are pretty ADORABLE if I do say so myself!

Step 1: Get the following supplies:
Ladder
Paint (flat washable works well)
Paint pan
Paint brush and roller
Frog tape
Laser level (Lowes or Home Depot sell one for $24 that works great)
Old sheet or newspaper to lay on floor

Step 2: Measure wall length and determine how many vertical stripes will fit the wall. *recommend 12 inch marks. Adjust the odd inches on the ends of the wall.

Step 3: Use tape measure and pencil to mark 12 inch marking on wall.

Step 4: Use laser level to lay frog tape vertically.

Step 5: Place a post it note or tape on stripes YOU do NOT want to paint.

Step 6: Go over tape with a credit card to press tape flat so paint doesn’t bleed. Place tape along floorboard and ceiling as well.

Step 7: Cut in paint on corner of wall and floorboard.

Step 8: Use a roller to paint stripes. One coat is probably sufficient. We used valspar flat washable paint (“Dolly” from Lowes)

Step 9: Pull tape off (at an angel) as soon as you are done painting stripes

Step 10: Let paint dry before letting small children or pets check it out. My dog, Lola, is proudly displaying our work on her tail today.

 

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Hard at work!

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The finished product! Hadley’s new room!