So we’ve all got them. Well most of us, some more than others. If you don’t have one guaranteed you have pinned a couple and just havent gotten the guts to do it.
What am I talking about? Striped Walls of course! I LOVE striped walls, they are such a great way to add interest to a room. But what happens when you don’t want stripes anymore?
Here is the problem. If you do stripes perfectly you have a clean crisp paint line. A paint line that doesn’t go away...
I paid the genius guys over at Sherwin-Williams a visit and asked them what I needed to do to remedy this little situation.
Get ready to sand your heart out. I found that using a sanding block and doing it by hand was best. (I tried using an electric sander and it sort of melted and ate up the paint. (Yes, even with new sandpaper) I think it was because of the heat.
I used 150 grit paper and went to town.
Now here is where there is a fine line (pun completely intended). If your walls are SUPER textured like mine you have 2 options. You can sand until the line is 100% gone (leaving no texture) or you can leave your texture (and a little line). I went for the little line with wall texture intact. Either way they are not going to be perfect unless you retexture them. Which I was NOT going to do.
Once your walls are sanded (6 hours later) its time to paint.
This is where you are going to make up for your little bit of line that is left. If you use a lower sheen paint it diminishes the shadows. Remember my herringbone ceiling? I had a TON of comments asking if it was even textured. SOOOOOO just for a fun comparison check this out:
Same texture. The difference is that the gray ceiling is Semi Gloss and the Herringbone is Flat. Crazy right?!
So by lowering your sheen you lower the shadows, which makes it not as noticeable.
I used Sherwin-Williams Super Paint in Satin.
It’s a paint and primer in one and literally covered the stripes in 2 coats. Which is FANTASTIC considering I was painting bright white over a dark gray. This is one coat in
The last trick to hide the stripes I made up. Which means that it may seem a little strange but I thought it worked pretty great. After the first coat of paint is on and dry, load your roller and press it into the line. Not rolling, just pushing it onto it. It gives it a little more texture than you would get from rolling. Then once that is completely dry do your second coat.
This was the spot on my wall that I was most concerned with because of the window and door placement. If there was a line on it you would see.
This is what it looked like when I was all done:
Turned out pretty great huh?
So now I am left with this giant white box. Its like Design Star in my house right now! I cant wait to show you guys Dylan’s new bed, its been sitting in my garage for MONTHS.
Oh and just for fun I found this SUPER awesome tool from Sherwin-Williams where you put your room size into a calculator and it tells you how much paint you need! Check it out here (it was right on for me!)
love your guts, mandi