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:
Paint (flat washable works well)
Paint brush and roller
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.