DIY Wall Stripes

D I Y  W A L L  S T R I P E S

My apartment is a pre-war co-op, so I am always concerned about preserving its classic feel when decorating. The walls are all white which gives the place a clean, crisp feel, but when it came to the bedroom, I wanted to spruce things up, and opted to paint vertical stripes that emulate wallpaper on a single wall. The project took a full day but was inexpensive and well worth it. If you want to give it a try (I highly recommend it), you will need:

  • paint (I only used one coat)
  • a roller and paint tray
  • an old sheet or something to protect the floor
  • painters tape
  • A yard stick
  • a pencil
  • a tall boyfriend stepladder

The most time consuming/important part is the measuring. I decided I wanted to paint stripes that were eight inches wide, so I measured along where the ceiling meets the wall and marked every eight inches with a pencil. Then, I used the yard stick to carefully draw the vertical lines. The painters tape will need to run perfectly straight along the penciled-in lines. Remember that you will only be painting every other stripe, so you will need to alternate the tape inside and outside the designated lines like so:

The rest is easy! Next, you will paint the inside of every other line. I only used one coat so the wall was completely dry within a few hours.

Don’t worry about getting messy, the lines will be perfect as long as you’ve measured the tape with care.

(I must apologize for the poor quality of these photos. I documented this project long before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye — but it was too cool to pass up showing you all.)

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9 Responses to DIY Wall Stripes

  1. Van says:

    I admire your patience, the outcome here in amazing!

    • FeFe says:

      Thanks! The measuring is the most difficult part, but the results are well worth it!

      • Steffie says:

        This is a great solution for NYC renters who don’t have the wall paper option. A day-long project with results that last. I can’t wait to try an accent wall in my new place

  2. beth says:

    Elizabeth/FeFe!!!!!!!!!!!! Your blog keeps me sane in law school. Love checking it out daily and getting inspiration for my dream/future apartment when I’m back in NYC. xoxoxoox

  3. Luciana Souza says:

    This is great coming out as an interior designer, I’ll take your tips! Kiss!

  4. Teresa says:

    This is seriously fantastic. One day I will get the patience to do it in my place

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