Reinvented Spaces–Adding Pattern With Stripes

Hi guys!

Thank you so much for coming by to visit me!  I love hanging out with you guys and talking paint.  And junk.  And furniture.  Maybe someday we can hang out in person.  That would be fun, huh?

So…I striped another thing today.  I seriously can’t stop.  I thought it would be fun (or funNY, depending on your perspective…) to share this latest project along with all of the other ways I’ve added my fave pattern to our home.

Today I decided to stripe a wall.  I picked the largest wall in our powder room.  The wall that one stares at while sitting.  doing you know what.  Because it was boring, that’s why.

The room is a basic light beige.  China Doll from SW.

I’ll give you the step by step, just in case you want to go crazy and stripe everything too.  ;)

First measure the height of your wall from ceiling to baseboard.

Second, divide that number by the number of stripes you want.  (Hint:  Choose an odd number of stripes.  With an odd number, your base color will be the top and bottom stripe, eliminating the need to trim next to the ceiling and the baseboard.  I can’t remember who I learned that from, but I HEART that person.)  The answer to that division problem is the width of each stripe.

Third, measure down the wall the width of the stripes, making pencil marks for each measurement.

Fourth, use a level to connect the pencil marks, drawing horizontal lines across the wall.

Fifth, tape off the stripes just outside the pencil lines, so that you paint over them.  I like to also put a small piece of tape inside each of the stripes that I’ll be painting.  Just so I don’t mess up.


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Sixth, PAINT those stripes!  I cut in first with a brush.


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Then filled in with a small foam roller.  It took two coats.


striped wall 4


The stripes are my favorite color, Cracked Pepper from Behr.  It’s a dark charcoal/soft black.


striped wall 5


I had a tiny bit of bleed through, so I’ll clean up those edges.  I have gallery wall plans for this “canvas.”

This technique works for anything you want to stripe, like canvases for bedrooms


easy master bedroom decor ideas 3



And foyers.


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Or for plain large wood plaques on mantels perfect for layering…


spring mantel on Reinvented 4


and small wood plaques perfect for seasonal shapes.


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I think I have a problem.  And because you are my friend, you have a problem too.


Thanks for stopping by, this was fun!

This post is linked up to:

Something To Talk About at Concord Cottage

The Creative Circle at Up To Date Interiors

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2 thoughts on “Reinvented Spaces–Adding Pattern With Stripes

  1. Hey hey hey sweet lady! Guess what? I think you’re totally awesome and these stripes are too! I’m featuring these tomorrow on at the Something to Talk About Link Party. Hope your home safe from Haven, CoCo
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