How to paint vertical stripes on a wall

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Project Overview

Nothing changes the look of a room like a fresh coat of paint. But it you want to take it to the next level, vertical stripes can really impress. With just some masking tape, a few basic tools and some elbow grease, you can completely transform any room in your home. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Check the wall is straight
2 Measure and mark the wall
3 Apply the painters tape
4 Transfer the 200mm marks to the masking tape
5 Transfer the measurements to the wall
6 Tape the vertical lines
7 Lay down the drop sheets
8 Cut the paint in
9 Paint the stripes
10 Remove the tape
11 Finished
  • Step 1. Check the wall is straight

    Before you start marking where the stripes will go, use the spirit level to make sure the wall closest to where you’re starting from is straight. This will help you to make sure your vertical stripes are parallel to the wall.
  • Step 2. Measure and mark the wall

    You can make your stripes as wide as you like, we’re making ours 200mm wide. At the top of the wall, measure 200mm from the corner. Mark it lightly with a pencil. Then measure and mark from this point another 200mm. Repeat this for the bottom of the wall.
  • Step 3. Apply the painters tape

    Apply the painters tape from the top to the bottom of the wall, using the outside edges of the marks as your guide. Repeat this for the second stripe.
  • Step 4. Transfer the 200mm marks to the masking tape

    To make sure your vertical widths are the same at the top and bottom of the wall, stick a piece of masking tape across the top of the wall. Using your pencil, mark the 200mm distance between the stripes on the wall and the masking tape.
  • Step 5. Transfer the measurements to the wall

    Remove the masking tape from the top of the wall and stick it to the bottom of the wall. Transfer your marks to the wall, marking out as many stripes as you want. Then remove the tape.
  • Step 6. Tape the vertical lines

    Run the masking tape from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall so that its edge is in line with the marks you made. Repeat this until you’ve marked out all of your stripes.

    To make sure the paint doesn’t bleed under the tape, run a credit card along the edges of the tape to create a tight seal.

  • Step 7. Lay down the drop sheets

    Place the drop sheets on the floor below where you’re going to paint.
  • Step 8. Cut the paint in

    Stir the paint thoroughly and pour into a paint pot. Use the 63mm tapered paint brush to cut in the paint at the bottom and top of the wall where the stripes will be. If you’re not comfortable cutting in with a paint brush, tape the bottom and top of the wall to protect the skirting board and ceiling.
  • Step 9. Paint the stripes

    Pour the paint into a roller tray. Use the 130mm roller to apply the paint for the stripes. It’s best to apply two even coats rather than try and apply one thick coat. After applying the first coat, let it dry, then apply the second.
  • Step 10. Remove the tape

    Before the paint has dried, remove the masking tape. Do this by slowly pulling it away from the stripes at a 45-degree angle. If the tape is left on until the paint dries, removing it can result in the paint peeling. Also, if any paint has seeped through, wipe it away immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Step 11. Finished

    Enjoy your new wall!

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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