Painting Patterns with Tape 01:02

Here are the DIY Basics for painting patterns with tape.

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Step 1

Gather Your Materials and Tools

painter's tape
wall paint, base color
wall paint, accent color
5-in-1 tool
laser level
paint roller and nap cover
hair dryer

Step 2

Choose Pattern and Paints

Custom walls are easy if you paint your own patterns.

Choose two colors of interior wall paint: base coat and accent color. You could use two different sheens of the same color: i.e,. glossy and flat.

Pro Tip

Use chevrons to create wainscoting, stripes to make walls look taller, or accent a mirror with a trellis pattern.

Step 3

Practice, Then Begin Painting

Practice patterns on poster board before painting on wall.

First, apply base color.

Step 4

Use Tape to Create Pattern

Use tape to create shape of pattern.

Mark lines with laser level.

Press on tape and burnish with 5-in-1 painter’s tool.

Pro Tip

So paint can't seep underneath, get painter's tape with treated edges for a strong seal.

Step 5

Apply Accent Color

Apply accent color over tape and remove immediately to help prevent new paint from tearing.

Use tape to paint customized patterns on accessories and furniture.