How to paint vertical stripes on a wall

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How to paint vertical stripes on a wall

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Project Overview

Nothing changes the look of a room like a fresh coat of paint. But it you want to take it to the next level, vertical stripes can really impress. With just some masking tape, a few basic tools and some elbow grease, you can completely transform any room in your home. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to stir paint with a drill

Using a paint mixing drill attachment is a simple and less messy way to mix up your paint. The best way to use one is to drill a hole through the lid of your can, wide enough to fit the shank of the paint mixer. Put the shank through the hole and secure the lid to the can. Attach the paint mixer to your drill, turn it on and within moments your paint will be perfectly mixed. If you have any paint left over, place masking tape firmly over the hole to stop the paint from drying out.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Check the wall is straight
2 Measure and mark the wall
3 Apply the painters tape
4 Transfer the 200mm marks to the masking tape
5 Transfer the measurements to the wall
6 Tape the vertical lines
7 Seal the tape
8 Lay down the drop sheets
9 Cut the paint in
10 Paint the stripes
11 Remove the tape
12 Finished
  • Step 1. Check the wall is straight

    Before you start marking where the stripes will go, use the spirit level to make sure the wall closest to where you’re starting from is straight. This will help you to make sure your vertical stripes are parallel to the wall.
  • Step 2. Measure and mark the wall

    You can make your stripes as wide as you like, we’re making ours 200mm wide. At the top of the wall, measure 200mm from the corner. Mark it lightly with a pencil. Then measure and mark from this point another 200mm. Repeat this for the bottom of the wall.
  • Step 3. Apply the painters tape

    Apply the painters tape from the top to the bottom of the wall, using the outside edges of the marks as your guide. Repeat this for the second stripe.
  • Step 4. Transfer the 200mm marks to the masking tape

    To make sure your vertical widths are the same at the top and bottom of the wall, stick a piece of masking tape across the top of the wall. Using your pencil, mark the 200mm distance between the stripes on the wall and the masking tape.
  • Step 5. Transfer the measurements to the wall

    Remove the masking tape from the top of the wall and stick it to the bottom of the wall. Transfer your marks to the wall, marking out as many stripes as you want. Then remove the tape.
  • Step 6. Tape the vertical lines

    Run the masking tape from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall so that its edge is in line with the marks you made. Repeat this until you’ve marked out all of your stripes.
  • Step 7. Seal the tape

    To make sure the paint doesn’t bleed under the tape, run a credit card along the edges of the tape to create a tight seal.
  • Step 8. Lay down the drop sheets

    Place the drop sheets on the floor below where you’re going to paint.
  • Step 9. Cut the paint in

    Stir the paint thoroughly and pour into a paint pot. Use the 63mm tapered paint brush to cut in the paint at the bottom and top of the wall where the stripes will be. If you’re not comfortable cutting in with a paint brush, tape the bottom and top of the wall to protect the skirting board and ceiling.
  • Step 10. Paint the stripes

    Pour the paint into a roller tray. Use the 130mm roller to apply the paint for the stripes. It’s best to apply two even coats rather than try and apply one thick coat. After applying the first coat, let it dry, then apply the second.
  • Step 11. Remove the tape

    Before the paint has dried, remove the masking tape. Do this by slowly pulling it away from the stripes at a 45-degree angle. If the tape is left on until the paint dries, removing it can result in the paint peeling. Also, if any paint has seeped through, wipe it away immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Step 12. Finished

    Enjoy your new wall!

Tools and Materials


  • 63mm tapered trim brush
  • Drop cloth
  • Ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint pot
  • Paint roller with 130mm roller cover
  • Paint tray
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Stirring stick


  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Paint
  • Painters tape
  • Rags

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