I recently pinned this photo of a black & white stripped Mud Room. I immediately began to dream up and plan a Mud Room addition onto the back of our house, just so I could have those stripes. That’s reasonable isn’t it, I mean it would just be a small addition.
I quickly came to my senses and thought why not paint these same stripes in the laundry room.
I didn’t want to move the washer and dryer out of the laundry room (I was afraid of disconnecting something I wasn’t suppose to) so I thought I could just add the black stripes over-top of the already existing white walls. Big mistake, don’t do this. Keep reading to find out why.
I measured the height of the wall and decided my stripes would be 4″. So I divided the height of the wall by 4 (to make sure I didn’t end up with a 2 inch stripe at the bottom-you may have to adjust the height of your stripes). Begin at the ceiling (if you have a wonky stripe you want that stripe to be near the floor not at the more noticeable ceiling) and start marking down 4″ (I just made little marks with my pencil).
Now use a level to draw the stripe lines.
I have heard that the only way to do stripes is with Frog Tape. But I found no difference when I removed the tape. They both leaked through equally. Darn it.
I read on-line that to prevent this from happening you must paint some of your base paint (for me that would be white) over-top of the edges of the painters tape. Let it dry and then paint your stripe colour (black). The paint blocks any of the new colour from seeping underneath. But since I didn’t have the base paint this wouldn’t have worked anyways.
So I discovered that if you use something called Matte Medium (you can find it in the paint section of any craft store) and paint it over the painters tape (just like you would the base paint). This also prevents the stripe paint from bleeding through.
So I sucked it up and re-taped over top of the black stripes and found some leftover white paint in my garage. And painted the new white stripes (to fix the messy edges of the black).