A couple of years ago, I wanted to redo my mudroom and make it more functional and a little fun. The mudroom is hidden from the main part of the house, so I wasn’t worried about the decor matching.
I built a shoe shelf bench and cabinets. Stripes on wall were really big then, so I decided to go bold and paint turquoise stripes!
Well the only thing missing in that space was the fish…because my small mudroom felt like an aquarium!
I used this shelled teal color scheme as my color planner.
I built the cabinets and bench out of maple. Originally I wanted to have color stained cabinets, but the colored stain would NOT stain the hard maple. (This was before Express Color came out, I’m sure that would work now.) I stained the cabinets a honey color and put up a little wainscoting. As you can see, that’s a lot of turquoise!!! (I like turquoise, but it was too much.) I also didn’t think the cabinet color went that well with the turquoise, but it wasn’t bad enough to change it at the time. Fast forward a couple of years, and Frog Tape is having a yearly Earn Your Stripe Contest. I’m a sucker for contests, that’s enough motivation for me to finish and repaint the dreadful mudroom aquarium.
My idea for the room was to paint a fun geometric pattern on the wall, and create a very functional command center like a gallery wall. I found my inspiration for the geometric wall from a RUG that I saw on pinterest. Also I have always wanted to add pinstripes of metallic color, I saw the idea in a magazine 15 years ago. So that was the plan, white, aqua, and gold!
First things first, if you are painting over stripes, take a minute and sand any paint ridges left on the wall between stripes. This will make your freshly painted wall look much better. I taped off the moldings, door and the ceiling. Then primed the walls. After the primer was dry I painted the walls white. I let the paint dry for about 5 days, to make sure that it was dry enough for tape.
My secret to painting the straightest lines is a laser!!! It’s a must have for painting stripes. I set up the laser at a 45 deg angle. Starting at the upper corner of the wall and ceiling, I measured over 7 feet and measured straight down 7 feet and marked that spot on the wall. I lined up the laser beam with the marked spot and the ceiling/wall corner.
Apply tape to the laser line (I usually pick to follow the top or bottom of the beam line). The Frog Tape is 15/16″ wide, so I measured down 15/16″ and started my next row of tape. (I only use the laser for a few rows, then use a ruler after that.)
For the 3rd tape line, I measured down 5″ from the top of the first tape and this is the bottom of your 3rd tape line. Now from the bottom of the 3rd tape line, measure 5″ and that is the top of your next line set. Repeat until the wall is striped. Each set of 3 lines is 5″ wide and space the sets of lines 5″.
To start the other direction, I measured 7 feet over and 7 feet down from the opposite wall/ceiling corner. Set up the laser and tape the 1st line. Measure down 15/16″ and tape the second line. This time measure 5 3/4″ from the top of the 1st line and this is the bottom of line 3. For the next set of lines, measure 5 3/4″ from the bottom of line 3 and this is the top of line 1. We’ll use the extra space to add pinstripes later.
The taping really goes fast once you get going. Once both diagonal directions are on, start removing some tape pieces to make a weave look. I found it easiest to use a razor blade and a ruler, to make sure the cuts are straight and square.
As you’re weaving it will start to look like a lattice. Kind of fun. At this point I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the adjacent walls, but I ended up doing them.
Remove the pieces where the arrows are and continue removing that pattern. It helps the lines flow a little more.
Kind of crazy, but cool. It’s time to paint. Make sure all of the tape is pressed down firmly. One big tip with painting stripes, is do not soak the tape. Thin coats of paint are better. Some people will actually take a wet Q-tip along the edges to start the Frog Tape goo activation. I haven’t tried that yet.
The color of paint I picked is Behr Spa, it’s a nice pretty aqua color.
I painted 2 coats of the aqua paint, and let it dry for a couple of days. Now it’s time for pin-striping!!! I used Martha Stewart Metallic Gold acrylic paint. I don’t know if you are suppose to use acrylic paint on walls, but I did.
I also decided to use Frog Tape delicate surface tape (yellow) to make sure I didn’t pull off any of that blue paint. The pin stripes are 3/16″ wide. The gold metallic paint needed 2 coats of paint.
After I put on the 2nd coat of gold I pulled the tape off, the wall was stunning. The design is modern and fun.
I love how well the gold ties in the cabinet color, it’s perfect!
Here’s an end view of the room. The geometric painted wall reminds me of modern wallpaper.
A painted geometric wall may seem a little intimidating, but it’s really easy. It just takes a little time and measuring. The best part is that it’s cheap, just the cost of paint and a few rolls of painters tape. (BTW it was cheapest on Amazon.)
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BTW my room won the 2014 Frog Tape Earn Your Stripes contest…just the kick in the rear I needed to fix my mudroom.