Painting Ticking Stripes on a Wall

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Ticking Stripes in a Kid's Bedroom

Ticking Stripes in a Kid's Bedroom

Photo by: Mark Lund

Mark Lund

Designer Meg Caswell creates ticking stripes in a kid's bedroom. “This classic, preppy stripe reminds me of the awning I had on my store for years," she says. "The navy mixes perfectly with upbeat colors and playful dots in a kid’s room.” Paint: (blue) Sailboat and (white) Snow Fall, both by Behr

By: Jennifer Berno DeCleene and Jaimie Dalessio Clayton

For this project, you’ll repeat a 10-inch pattern of blue and white stripes across the wall every 6 inches. Note: Your pattern may not repeat fully at the ends of the walls.

Materials Needed:

  • white and blue paint
  • paint rollers
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • painter's tape

Step 1

Paint the entire wall white. Let dry.

Step 2

Measure the wall’s width in inches. Divide the width by 16 to determine the total number of patterns.

Step 3

Find the center of the wall; mark it with a pencil. Tape off two vertical lines 10 inches apart, each 5 inches from the center of the wall. Measure in 1 inch from each vertical line and tape off two more vertical lines. Paint the white wall between the taped sections blue. Remove the tape. Repeat this pattern every 6 inches.

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