How to Get Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Today I’m going to share with you how to paint perfect stripes on walls, the easy way!
Painting perfect stripes on walls is a must!  Nothing drives me more batty than flubbed up paint lines, so when my mom ordered stripes on the walls of the Grandkid’s Bedroom Makeover that I’m helping her with, I came prepared to take the time to make them right.
the trick to perfect paint lines every time

 Here is how I get perfect paint lines EVERY time with not a lot of extra work!

  • Paint the entire wall the lighter of the two colors that you will be using and let it dry COMPLETELY (overnight at least.)
  • Then, decide how thick you want your stripes, do the math, measure out the placement of the stripes, and tape them accordingly.
  • Take a paper towel or dish towel and place it over your finger.  Then press down firmly and rub on the tape line making sure it has no air bubbles and is on the wall with as few little gaps between the tape and the wall as possible.
  • With the SAME color that the wall is already painted (the lighter of the two colors,) paint along the tape line only on the edge that will eventually be the darker color.
how to get perfect paint lines when painting stripes
Let the paint along the painters tape dry completely.  It will look something like this.
how to get perfect paint lines when painting stripes
Once it is dry, paint the stripes the desired color (darker grey in my case.)
how to get perfect paint lines when painting stripes
As soon as you paint the darker color, lift off the tape slowly and carefully and you will see your PERFECT paint lines!  Hooray!
how to get perfect paint lines when painting stripes
Such an easy way to get a super professional look.
Tip: If you don’t have the original color, use a clear paint in a sheen that is similar to the existing wall color.
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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

12 thoughts on “How to Get Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

  1. This is amazing! I would have never thought to paint a little of the lighter color on the edge. Can’t wait to try it when I do stripes in my daughter’s room this spring!

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