Interior Painting Tips For Lines and Stripes

It looks impressive to have long lines and stripes running across a room. Stripes offer a dramatic presence in any space they are placed in. For those who are looking for something a bit less dramatic but still full of character, you may want to consider the use of interior painting projects using lines that bisect the room either horizontally or vertically. There are many ways to add a lot of character and theme to a room in this way, but do not misunderstand the job. This is one that involves a bit more time and a lot of patience to get just right.

Creating Lines Or Stripes

The first step for this interior painting job is to create lines in pencil (or you can use a chalk line) that represent the areas you will paint (including which color will go where.) This is the most difficult part since you do need to get every line very straight otherwise it will look messy and uneven. For a professional look, be sure you use a measuring tape and a level to ensure each of your lines is perfectly even. Here are some additional tips to creating these paint designs in your room.

Use painters tape to mark off the lines. For example, if you are painting a room with purple stripes of two shades, use painter’s tape across all of the pencil lines you have made allowing only the spaces with the darker color exposed. Paint these.

Allow these stripes to dry thoroughly before removing the painter’s tape.

Repeat the process but this time apply the painter’s tape over the already painted spaces, pressing down firmly on the edges to keep paint from creeping over.

Paint the other spaces with the lighter color and allow them to dry before removing the tape.

For those who are bisecting the room with two colors, use the same technique as listed above. If you find that you are having trouble keeping the lines clean and neat, you can always run a piece of chair rail molding over the actual line. This gives the wall visual and textural appeal and it can help to hide those areas where the paint is not perfect. Without a doubt this project takes a bit more time and patience to get right.

If you are worried about creating the best looking lines, another option is to use a professional to help you with this project. Most of them will be able to help with lines or stripes, assuming they have some experience in creating them. It is possible to create clean looking, beautiful lines in this way. You just need to take the time to do it right.

Indoor Painting Projects

Stencilled Picture Frames

Stenciling a frame is an excellent indoor painting project for beginners. It is easy to make and can be personalized for each room or as a gift for your favorite person.

Begin by purchasing a picture frame that has not been varnished or treated in any way. Pine is a good wood to use. A wooden frame with a flat, wide edge is easier to use and gives you added possibilities in your choice of designs. Lightly sand the frame with sandpaper to remove any roughness. Remove any dust with a tack cloth. A clean frame will insure the paint adheres properly with a smooth finish.

Choose your colors for the frame and the stencil for this indoor painting project. Using the color wheel helps make sure the colors will be in harmony for this indoor painting project. Choose colors that fit in with your décor and enhance the picture you select for your new frame.

Paint your frame with the base colors. Two coats may be necessary. Allow to dry completely.

next choose your stencil. You can use a commercial stencil or make one yourself. The long stem of an ivy leaf is perfect for decorating tall, narrow areas. Different flowers or birds can be used for the corners and randomly placed around the frame. Fabric patterns that you have in your room can be inspirations. You can use the alphabet to personalize the frame. Anything from nature or see around you is a possibility. If you see a picture in a book you can photocopy the page and enlarge or reduce it to fit your frame. The choices are endless for this indoor painting project.

Plan the position of the stencil pattern using paper cutouts. Move the shapes around until you are happy with the design. Trace the designs for the pattern and transfer it to the card stock, acetate or stencil film. Use a craft knife to cut them out. If the acetate or stencil film tears the paint could leak out beyond the outline. Position the design over the frame and apply your accent color. Using a non permanent adhesive helps to hold the pattern in position. Flip the stencil to create a mirror image on the other side of the frame. When using two or more separate colors it may be necessary and easier to make a stencil for each color. Use a different brush for each color to keep the paint from mixing with the other color. Using a sponge is fast and creates texture. Just remember not to overload the sponge with paint. Overloading will allow the paint to seep under the stencil and create a thick uneven border.

Allow the paint to dry for at least 12 hours then apply two protective coats of varnish.

Using these simple steps you can create a beautiful indoor painting project or a beautiful gift that is uniquely yours with very little cost.

Interior Painting: The Ceiling

Are you planning to paint a room in your home? Do not forget about the ceiling. The ceiling is one of the most overlooked spaces in the room for painting, but it can be one of the best spaces to paint. It used to be that ceilings were nothing but white. That is no longer necessarily the best option. You can use color placed here to add visual appeal to a room. It can also help you to make the space larger and more inviting. As you consider all of the options you have for updating this space, remember that the ceiling can be an integral part but only if you do the painting here, properly.

Color Options

The first thing to consider is the color of the ceiling. White is traditional but by far not the only option. If you want the space to feel more open and inviting, use lighter colors on the ceiling. Often choosing a shade that is one or two lighter than what you are painting on the walls is ideal, sometimes even more of a difference is preferable. This keeps the space looking inviting and even larger.

On the other hand, you can paint the ceiling of any room a darker color. Doing so will help to make a big room more cozy. If you have high ceilings that do not appeal to you, select a paint shade that is just one shade lighter or even one shade darker than what you are painting on the walls. This will create a statement in the room. Dark colors on the ceiling do bring it in and make the room look smaller, though.

Painting Tips

How do you paint the ceiling? Here are some tips to help you to accomplish this part of the project easily.

Consider investing in ceiling paint. Some manufacturers have produced a paint that goes on pink in color but over a few hours changes to white. The benefit to using this product is that you can definitely see where you have painted, and where you need to fill in.

Be sure to protect anything on the walls when painting the ceiling. Paint will splatter just about everywhere!

Do remove any and all fixtures before painting. First you do not want to get them full of paint splatter and second, you want to be sure that the ceiling under them is also painted.

Painting the ceiling in any space is a good idea. Choose a flat or eggshell type of paint for the finish since you likely do not want the ceiling to have a glossy finish. Also, remember that the best ceiling painters are still going to have paint on them at the end of the project.