Thursday, April 18, 2019

DIY Black and White Striped Foyer Wall

Neutrals always have their place, but decorating your home with bold features can really bring it to life. I wanted my entryway to pop so I decided to go daring with black and white stripes on the foyer walls.

Follow the steps below to learn how you can paint your own walls with stripes. 

What you will need:
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • 6' level
  • Pencil
  • Painters tape
  • Eggshell white paint (White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore)
  • Semi gloss black paint

Step One - Prep and Paint

Use a damp cloth to wipe down walls. Paint the base coat and let dry for 24-48 hours. I used Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 for my white paint

Step Two- Tape it up!

Measure your wall and decide on how wide you want your stripes to be and the placement of them. I decided it would be best to start off in the corner with 5" stripes. Stripes should be between 4" and 12" wide. 
I wanted the first stripe to be white, so I measured 5" and made a pencil mark. I then used a 6' level to draw a straight pencil line up the wall. I then taped over the pencil mark. 

Make sure that the tape is on the correct side of the line. Press firmly on the tape to seal it. This is not an easy task! It took me 2 days to tape up my walls. You WILL need patience. 

Step 3 - Paint the Tape with White Paint

Now for the part that most people skip - I think this is the most important part as well. Use a paint brush to paint inside of the boundaries where the black stripe will be. I used my WHITE paint and painted right along the inner edges of both pieces of tape. The white paint will fill in all the unsealed areas and insure that you have a perfectly straight line. Let dry.

Step 4 - Paint it Black

Now its finally time to paint the stripes black! Use a small roller to paint inside all the tape lines. Use a brush near the ceilings and baseboards. Let dry overnight.

Step 5 - Time to peel!

This is the most rewarding part. Peel off the tape and enjoy! 

View from the (unfinished) living room. 

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