How to Measure for Painting Stripes


Home makeover and design shows interest many viewers into trying out some faux finish painting techniques or geometrical designs. While this may be motivational and inspiring to you as a homeowner, you may not be aware of the preparation involved. To get that professional look that you see in magazines and on television, you need to start with some basic preparation. Painting stripes may seem easy with painter's tape, but measuring them is vital and must be done correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Pencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Measure the length of the wall you are painting with a tape measure and write the measurement down, in inches, on a sheet of paper.

  • Decide how wide each stripe should be. Wider stripes will create a casual look, which is good for family rooms, play areas and bedrooms. Thinner stripes look more formal for dining rooms, formal living rooms and guest bathrooms.

  • Divide the length of the wall by the desired width of the stripes with a calculator. The number you end up with is the number of stripes that will fit on the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply the paint for the lightest stripe color to the entire wall before placing the tape.
  • Apply painter's tape to mask-off only every other stripe according to the width you decided on. Apply it in overlapping strips to cover only the the width you decided on.
  • Apply the second color of paint to the spaces between the taped stripes and pull the strips off after the paint has dried.

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