How to Paint Perfect Paint Lines On Textured Walls

Inside: How to paint perfect paint lines on textured walls. A must do when painting stripes or other shapes on walls and only requires one easy extra step!

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.

So I’ve got the easy steps to paint perfect paint lines below + a video to show you the steps and what I’ve been able to create with this simple trick!

how to paint perfect lines on textured walls

How I get perfect paint lines EVERY time — even on textured walls.

Before you begin:

Step 1: Paint the walls with your base color.

Paint the entire wall the lighter of the two colors that you’ll be using. Let it dry COMPLETELY —overnight at least.

Step 2: Tape off your stripes or shape

Decide how thick you want your stripes or what shape you’re creating. Do the math, measure out the placement of the stripes, and tape them accordingly using painter’s tape.

Tip: 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.

Painting perfect paint lines

Step 3: Seal your tape line

With the SAME color that the wall is already painted (your base color) paint along the tape line only on the edge that will eventually be the darker color.

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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Let the paint along the painters tape dry completely. It will look something like this.
If there were any gaps between the painter’s tape and the wall they will be filled and sealed with the already existing wall color which means when you add your second color it won’t be able to seep under the tape.
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Step 4: Add your second color.
Once the paint along your tape is dry, paint the stripes the desired color –darker grey in my case.
If you need two coats of paint, let the first one dry before adding your second coat.
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Step 5: Remove the tape slowly.
Remove the tape while your paint is still wet. If you did two coats remove the paint right after applying the second coat.
As soon as you pull the tape you’ll reveal your perfect paint lines!
how to paint perfect paint lines
Such an easy way to get a super professional look.




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How to Paint Perfect Paint Lines On Textured Walls

About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home 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.

0 thoughts on “How to Paint Perfect Paint Lines On Textured Walls

  1. Tiffany says:

    YOU RULE ~ thanks so much!


  2. Debra says:

    Awesome tip!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks, Debra!

  3. 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!

  4. I would have never thought of this! Now I will have extra hours not having to go back and touch up the leaks that went under the tape! Awsome!

  5. […] Painting Stripes was the first project that we did… can’t wait to show you the whole room next week! […]

  6. Heather says:

    Hi! I found your site via One Project Closer: The Better Half. The stripes look great! I think it’s a great way to give neutral walls affect. My question is, will this technique work for stencils as well?

  7. […] sews, is generally fabulous and she shares all of her tricks. She has some great tutorials, like this one for getting perfect painted stripes. Gonna be using that one soon. So honored that she included me […]

  8. Awesome tips!!
    Visiting from The Girl Creative and started following you via Bloglovin!
    Can’t wait to see what’s to come!

  9. Great tip! I’m going to pin this now in case I end up painting stripes again! We painted a small stripe in our daughter’s bedroom years ago. I wish I would have known about this technique then because it would have saved us a bunch of time! Thanks so much for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home!

  10. Such a simple tip, but it makes such a difference. I tried to paint a canvas a while ago, but forgot to do this (I know, I know) and had so much paint bleed under the tape that I painted over the whole thing in a solid color. Boo. Currently it’s covered in fabric & propped in our bedroom. I should try it again, correctly this time!
    PS Thanks for stopping by my blog & following on bloglovin. Following you too.

  11. What a great tip! I’ve been wanting to do a stripe wall project. Pinned to my i heart stripes board! I posted anchor dress to Give Me the Goods:) Drop by

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