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Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

In this MAKE THIS series, we’re going to show you how to add personality to any room by painting the perfect stripe! If you ever wondered the trick for getting perfectly straight stripes, this is the DIY for you!

We LOVE Maggie’s kitchen, where she used NOURISH .06 in two different sheens to create an elegant space that’s comfortable enough for the whole family. Read on for a simple step-by-step on how to get this look!

Colorhouse paint tools needed for DIY black stripes

– Measuring tape
– Level
– Pencil
– Blue masking tape ( we used 3M 2080 blue tape for delicate surfaces)
– 2 paint trays
– 9” roller frame with a ½” cover for smooth walls or ¾” cover for textured walls
– 6” roller frame and cover for the stripes
– 2” paint brush
– Drop cloth
– Colorhouse NOURISH .06 Flat for the base coat. Use our handy paint calculator to help estimate how much you need for your project.
– Colorhouse NOURISH .06 Semi-Gloss for the stripe (1 quart covers 80-100 square feet)

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of NOURISH .06 Flat for the base coat. Allow at least 4 hours drying time between coats. Because dark colors have a LOT of colorant, the longer you let the paint cure, the better. Allow at least 48 hours of drying time after the 2nd coat before starting with Step 2.

Step 2: Measure the wall – Our wall is 8’ long, and we wanted 6” vertical stripes. 8’ (96”) divided by 6 = 16 stripes. If your wall is an uneven measurement, you can either adjust the size of the stripes at the corners to minimize the difference visually, or slightly adjust the size of each stripe so they are all even. With a pencil, make a mark every 6” on the wall, just above the baseboard.

Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

Step 3: Using your level and pencil, lightly trace the stripes onto your wall.

Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

Step 4: Mask the stripes. Make sure to mask just at the outer edge of the pencil mark so it gets covered with paint in the next step. We marked every other stripe with a piece of making tape to help keep track of the stripes NOT to paint.

PRO TIP: To make the perfect stripe without paint leaking through the tape, brush a light coat of the base paint (in this case Nourish .06 Flat) along the inside edge of the tape. This will seal the edge. Any leaking under the tape will be the same color and sheen as the base coat, so you won’t be able to see it. This is what will make your stripe PERFECT!

Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

Step 5: Using NOURISH .06 Semi-Gloss for the stripes, cut in with your brush at the baseboard and ceiling, then immediately roll the stripe with your 6” roller. Brush and roll one stripe at a time.

PRO TIP: Once the paint is spread out on the stripe you’re working on, lightly roll from ceiling to baseboard in one motion top to bottom to even out the coat of paint and get all the roller stipple going in the same direction. This is called ‘tipping off’ and it levels the paint film, giving a uniform finish. You can also use this technique when painting your walls too, working in 3-4’ sections at a time.

Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

Continue until all the stripes are complete. Because the stripe color is the same as the base coat, we used one coat here, taking care to apply it evenly.

Colorhouse paint DIY black stripes in a kitchen

Step 6: Carefully unmask to reveal PERFECT STRIPES!! You’ll want to unmask immediately, pulling the tape gently toward the wet painted area as you go.

Got questions? and one of our Color Nerds will be glad to help!