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I have painted a lot.  I have even painted stripes before.  But, I have always painted on smooth walls.  So, when we moved into our home that had textured walls I wasn’t sure how to keep the paint from seeping under the tape while painted stripes.  After a little research online and a lot of help from the paint guy at Home Depot we learned how the pros do it!

First we painted the entire room green.  We used Behr Paint and Primer in One from Home Depot. I didn’t tape the ceilings or trim, I just bought a really nice angled brushed and did it free-hand.

Once the green paint dried we were ready to prepare for the white stripes.   I used a soft sewing tape measure to mark the distance between the stripes.  I found it easier to use a soft one rather than a metal one, that way it was easy for me to go around the corners and I could handle it easily on my own.  Once I marked the where the lines should go I taped the lines with blue painters tape. 

I used yellow sticky notes to mark the areas that were going to be painted white.

Here is the big secret!!  We bought caulk from Home Depot and sealed the tape to the wall.  This way no paint can seep under the tape.  It was amazing!

While the caulk was still wet I painted the stripes white.

While the white paint was still wet I pulled the tape off.  This way the paint won’t dry and pull the existing green paint off when the tape is removed.

And there you have it!  Straight painted lines on textured walls!

For a tutorial on how I made the curtains click here

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  1. Catherine on the 05. May, 2010 remarked #

    Great what you did with the old cupboard. Love the background in the picture of the old door and the wooden wainscotting. Just like my grandparents’ home, built in 1898.

  2. Al on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    Thanks for the tip about sealing the tape to the wall. I love the way the room turned out.

  3. Sarah on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    Beautiful!! I love all of it but really love the bedding.


  4. Jen on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    Visiting from The Girl Creative! Such an adorable room! Awesome tip by using caulk to keep paint straight! I am wanting to do something similar to my daughter’s room. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jenn on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    I recently painted stripes on our entry hall. I love the calk idea! I wish I had known that about 2 weeks ago…I spent about an hour with a tiny brush making touch ups!

  6. Amber P on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    Stopping over from Between Naps on the Porch. This room is beautiful! You did an amazing job on the stripes. I have never attempted stripes. I never would have thought to use caulk! Genius!

  7. julienrog1 on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    thanks for sharing your technique for painting straight lines using caulk. I have known of this way of doing it, but never tried it. Have heavy textured walls and now I know what to do! Thanks again.

  8. Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    I LOVE the stripes!! They look so great!

  9. Mary Baum on the 10. May, 2010 remarked #

    GREAT tip on sealing the tape to paint crisp clean stripes! I think I want to go paint something stripey! =)

  10. Flowershopgurl on the 11. May, 2010 remarked #

    What a very sweet room, it came out so fabulous. I love the idea you shared about using caulk. I’ve never heard of that before. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Charo on the 11. May, 2010 remarked #

    So gorgeous room, love how you paint the walls, so cozy bed.


  12. Diana @ The Girl Creative on the 12. May, 2010 remarked #

    I am IN LOVE! Soooo pretty – the whole room! where did you get that beautiful butterfly light(?) I’m almost speechless!

  13. Christy on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    What a beautiful room. Does the caulk just go under the white paint? I am craft impaired and can’t wrap my mind around it.

    • Holly Young on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

      Hi Christy! Thanks for stopping by! The caulk can be a little confusing, so don’t worry, it’s not you! The Home Depot paint guy had to walk me thru it step by step. The caulk goes on after all the tape is on the wall. All you have to do is create a thin seal over the entire edge of the tape before you paint. That way the caulk seals the tape to the wall and the paint can not seap under the tape.

  14. pamela on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    so feminine and pretty. The walls look great and the texture would pose an extra challenge but you sure rose to meet it. I love the curtains too. The whole room is so well pulled together.

  15. Sandy on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    What a wonderful tip on the caulk under the tape!
    Such a lovely room… thanks for sharing…

  16. Connie on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    So pretty. Love the tip about sealing the tape, it looks wonderful and crisp.
    The curtains are adorable too.

  17. cassie on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    it looks adorable! the stripes add just the right touch to the room. they couldn’t look more perfect. great job!

  18. Katherine @ Grass Stains on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    It looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale! What a lucky girl. Great job!

  19. Kristi @ The Speckled Dog on the 19. May, 2010 remarked #

    Oh my gosh! I think I may love you!! We have textured walls and I never thought I’d be able to do this. Thank you!! This room is beautiful!

  20. Pam @ Sallygoodin on the 21. May, 2010 remarked #

    Thanks so much for the fantastic tutorial. I NEVER would have thought of using caulk. Excellent tip! The room is adorable, every single thing in there. Great job!

  21. Stephanie on the 26. May, 2010 remarked #

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! What a precious room! : )

  22. Karla on the 26. May, 2010 remarked #

    WOW! Thanks for sharing. I was hesitant to do anything like that on my walls because of the heavy texture.
    THe room is be-u-tiful!

  23. ElizabethL on the 22. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Looks great! I’ve also found that using 3M tape for delicate surfaces seals very well!

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