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Paint Horizontal Stripes

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Paint an accent wall with Horizontal Stripes

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Materials & Tools

Laser level
Pencil
Painter’s tape designed for super sharp paint lines
Painter’s tape designed for baseboards
Putty knife or plastic card
Interior paint [at least two colors]
Brushes
Paint tray
Paint roller
Drop cloth
Mirrors
Heavy hangers
D-rings
Screw eyes
Drill
Screwdriver
Picture wire

Tips for Painting Horizontal Stripes

TIP: To liven up small space, paint bold, horizontal stripes on accent wall.

1. Using laser level and pencil, mark stripes, leaving areas of original wall color between.

TIP: Vary widths for interest; the wider the stripe, the larger the space will appear.

2. Apply painter’s tape designed for super sharp paint lines above and below pencil marks.

TIP: Burnish edges with putty knife or plastic card.

3. Paint smaller stripes with brush, larger stripes with roller.

TIP: If stripe is very wide, cut in edges with brush, then roll center.

4. When paint is dry, slowly pull off tape at 45-degree angle back onto itself.

5. To double the effect, hang mirrors on opposite wall.

TIP: Make sure hangers are rated for weight of mirrors and anchor them in wall studs.
TIP: For stability, attach D-rings to both sides of top back, screw eyes to bottom, and crisscross picture wire.

TIP: Frames do not have to match.

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