Monday, March 18, 2013

Painting Stripes on Textured Walls


A week ago we returned home from visiting one of my sons and his family. I love visiting my children for obvious reasons -- I love spending time with them -- but another benefit is the inspiration I receive when I visit their homes. I always come back energized and eager to try something new and different in our home. You see, my kids (that includes my in-law-kids) are all very creative. They've done amazing things with paint, wood and crafts in their home that I never would have imagined. One decorating technique that several of the couples have tried is painting horizontal stripes on their walls. I've loved it. There was, however, one reason I'd always shied away from painting stripes on our walls. My children have walls that are not textured, and we have walls that have a rather heavy orange peel texture on them. I wondered if I'd be able to create really straight lines with a textured wall.



I buy my paint at Home Depot, and in the paint department there is a cute young employee that can answer any paint question I throw at him. This time I ran past him the technique I'd heard one needs to follow to paint stripes on walls, which is: base coat -- apply painter's tape -- put a coat of the base coat over the edge of the painters tape and let dry -- then paint the every other stripe with a different color. He asked me if we had textured walls, and I answered in the affirmative. He then suggested I use a white, paintable silicone caulk (above) instead of a layer of paint over the edge of the painters tape before painting the contrasting stripe. For textured walls this seals the space between the wall and the tape even better than a thin layer of paint.

He also suggested I use the "Scotch Blue Painter's Tape" that has orange on the packaging. This tape is recommended for freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old). Because I was painting the base coat the day before I wanted to paint the contrasting stripes, this was a very good idea!

I started by painting the wall with two coats of the base coat. Then I measured my wall from the ceiling down to the top of the baseboard and divided by seven -- an odd number of stripes is always a good idea. The wall I painted is in our basement so the ceilings aren't particularly high. I have seven stripes that are about 12.5 inches high (the bottom stripe was 13" high). If you have tall ceilings then you could easily divide the space into 9 stripes. I prefer stripes that are about 12" in height. For me, it tends to look too busy if they are much shorter than that. (FYI: Make sure the base coat stripes are on the top and bottom of the wall, so you don't have to paint over any detail work next to the ceiling and the baseboard.) I used a yardstick and marked with a pencil tiny marks for tape placement.


After taping -- and making sure the tape is pressed securely to the wall -- run a very thin line of caulking against the line of the tape and smooth it with your finger. You don't want to use too much caulking. The idea is just to seal the line of the tape, not fill in any texture on your wall (see below).


Wait a couple of hours for the caulk to dry and then you can begin to paint your stripes. Put two coats of paint on the stripes.


After the last coat of paint is dry to the touch (about 1 to 2 hours), peel off the tape...


This technique worked beautifully on my textured walls. All the lines are crisp and clean.


I love how these stripes have changed a do-nothing wall into something interesting and fun.


I hope this has inspired you to paint a stripe or two on your walls -- even if they are textured! ;o)




16 comments:

Auntie Em said...

What fun!

Cris said...

While I think I understand the concept... I still have question for you to throw your home depot guy's way. What if you are painting a what that it's base color is not white or some sort of other light color as you have shown here. Wouldn't the bleed of the caulk show up, especially after you have smeared it onto the tape and wall. Those bumps would cause little channels that it could escape into wouldn't it? Just like it does with paint? I guess you could go with a clear caulk. But then that poses another dilemma. As with most caulk, it's shiny. Would that teeny-tiny bleed show up as clear shiny dots? Maybe I'm over-thinking this. But I have those dreaded textured walls and I FOREVER been battling them when trying to do cool painting techniques. I'm always in search of a sure fire way to work around them.

Gail Wilson said...

I use the method you spoke of first...never heard of the caulk trick! so happy it worked so well for you because the results you got are amazing! Love those crisp lines!
gail

Jen said...

I think the caulk just goes on the tape on the original color side, unless you really smoosh the caulk down into those holes. Since the caulk is relatively thick, it won't drip into those holes between the tape and wall like the paint would. That's my thought, anyway.

Suzanne said...

Cris - I first painted my walls the darker color. Then taped and put on the white (because it takes paints better -- use white -- not clear caulking) caulking. The white caulking didn't go under the tape to the darker paint below. Because it's thicker it simply sat on the tape and the wall that I wanted to paint and sealed that line -- it didn't bleed at all. If you still have a question, just email me so I can email you back with any answers I might have. ;o)

Kinzie Sue said...

We have textured walls and I did this technique in the boys room. I used the clear paintable caulk and it worked perfectly! Not even one spot of paint bleeding. I chose the clear because I didn't want any white seeping under. And for Cris above, I don't see any shiny spots either. Kinda sad to say goodbye to that cute paint job! Good job on your stripes!

Suzanne said...

Kinzie -- Interesting that you used the clear caulk. The employee at HD that I mentioned before told me to use the white caulk because it took paint better, but apparently you didn't have that problem at all. What's obvious is that the caulking works and there is virtually no bleeding from the caulking. - Suzanne

Elizabeth said...

Love it! I've wanted to do this for a while but haven't dared. I thought I'd screw it up. You info here is inspiring!

Leeanne Dyson said...

Looks like you managed! :D And from afar, the texture isn’t really noticeable. ;) The odd number of stripes is a great advice, by the way. Usually, the hardest parts to paint are the top and bottom of the wall. Although this would only be most convenient if you’d paint stripes over existing wall paint. -->Leeanne

Suzanne said...

Leeanne,
You always paint the stripes over the existing wall paint. You paint the whole wall one color and then add the stripes.

Lisa M said...

Fabulous finish. Looks fantastic. Love it.

Vinay Mohan said...

Textured paint creates stunning effects on the walls of your home. It not only makes inspiring textures but also perovides protection from severel weather changes. Thanks for sharing useful information about texture paint.

Whit said...

Thanks for the tip! I would like to do a wall that has stripes in the same color, but with a different gloss and I want those lines straight. :)

MG said...

Hi there! Love this tutorial, I'm inspired. Would you share what paint colors and sheen you used for this? My computer is bad, it looks like a gray/gray combo but is it a gray/white combo? Thank you so much!!

jrlp214 said...

I know this is old but I stumbled across your post when I became frustrated with my paint bleeds on my textured walls. So you let the caulking dry for 1-2 hours? Some sites say not to let the caulk dry. I also heard something called matte medium or modge podge also works when trying to prevent paint bleeding on horizontal lines....let me know what you think. Thanks!

Suzanne said...

Since I published this blog post, I painted another wall with stripes. I found (even with textured walls) that if I simply put a layer of paint over the tape, it will do as good a job as calking.
Go to my "Herringbone Accent Wall" post to see...

http://justanotherhangup.blogspot.com/2013/10/herringbone-accent-wall-finished.html