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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

painting a stripe

Awhile back, we painted Owen’s room a basic neutral color.  But I decided I wanted to add a little zing to his room just using one stripe.  I looked at tons of tutorials on painting stripes and kinda meshed them all together.  First paint your base color and let it dry for a day or two.IMG_0971Then, tape off the stripe or stripes you want on your wall.  We used a laser level to help get the lines straight.IMG_0974 Then, here’s the trick.  Go OVER the tape lines with your base color, in our case the tan color.  Let this dry thoroughly.  Why do this, you ask?  Because this creates a seal with the tape.  If any paint got under the tape, it’s the same as the wall color so it doesn’t matter.IMG_0993Then, paint your stripe!  It took us 2 good coats of orange to get the coverage we needed.IMG_0981While the second coat is still DAMP, peel off the tape.  This will prevent the tape from peeling up any paint.IMG_0997 Enjoy your nice crisp line (or lines).  Ignore the slight discoloration of the orange in this picture as the paint was still drying.IMG_0998

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