Dramatic Striped Ceiling Update

The ceiling is a room's fifth wall. Give this often overlooked area a big dose of personality with an easier-than-it-looks graphic paint treatment.
Dramatic Striped Ceiling

Dramatic Striped Ceiling

The ceiling is a room's fifth wall. Give this often-overlooked area a big dose of personality with an easier-than-it-looks graphic paint treatment.

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Materials Needed:

  • laser level
  • pencil
  • spirit level
  • 3 gallons of latex paint in 3 coordinating colors
  • paint roller handle
  • 3 paint roller covers
  • metal or plastic paint pan
  • 3 disposable paint pan inserts
  • painter's tape (1 roll for every 60 yards of surface area)
  • drop cloth

Mark Ceiling

Use a laser level to project straight lines onto ceiling approximately a foot apart, then lightly mark the laser lines with pencil and a straight edge such as a yardstick or spirit level.

Tape Off Stripes

Position painter's tape along pencil marks, being careful to match edges of tape with pencil lines, ensuring straight painted stripes.

Mark and Tape Ceiling

Mark and Tape Ceiling

Use a laser level to project straight lines onto ceiling approximately a foot apart, then lightly mark the laser lines with pencil and a straight edge such as a yardstick or spirit level. Position painter's tape along pencil marks, being careful to match edges of tape with pencil lines, ensuring straight painted stripes.

Roll Accent Colors

Before painting, protect floor and any furnishings with a drop cloth. Starting from edge of tape, working inward, and paint each taped-off area with accent color. After two coats of first accent color are dry, place a new liner into pan before pouring next color. For side-by-side, two-tone stripes, reposition tape along inside line of completed stripe, then roll between newly positioned tape.

Remove Tape

Once paint has dried, slowly peel tape back in a consistent, gentle manner to avoid any ripping.

Remove the Tape

Remove the Tape

Once paint has dried, slowly peel tape back in a consistent, gentle manner to avoid any ripping.

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