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Painting Patterns - Advice, Tips and Tricks

Hi all! We are working on our plans for our latest bedroom which will be turned into a NURSERY!

I would love to paint one of the walls with a horizontal, zigzag pattern. It looks amazing when I see it completed, however the taping and the entire process seems like it could be a nightmare.

Any suggestions on the best way to do this, instructional videos, ANYTHING?

We appreciate your thoughts - thank you!
 
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Anyone use the U-Stripe It tool? http://www.ustripeit.com/
 
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The biggest thing is picking your design and colors. There isn't really any secret to getting the lines. If you paint it free hand - a straightedge and pencil works well. If using tape, take your tape measure and mark where the line goes every few feet and then apply the tape. Personally I wouldn't waste my money on that U-Stripe It tool. You can do the same thing with a piece of wood, it wouldn't be adjustable but how often would you use such a tool?...... but maybe I'm just cheap
 
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I can tell you I'd pay $200 for a laser level before I'd pay $40 for that piece of plastic (not that I really would pay $200 for a laser level, especially considering I already have one).

Personally, I hate painting and would never consider a complicated design that would increase the time I needed to paint but this sounds like it could look good so please post some pictures when you're done.
 
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I would find/make something tangible in the zig-zag shape you want and trace it gradually across the wall.
 
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I'm going to put my best effort forward and give this a try. Marksr mentioned using a piece of wood and I did think of that, however, the worry with that is the angles. if you are making zig zags across the wall, the angles need to be spot on, or there are going to be some issues, so then I'd end up needing another extra hand to hold a level on the piece of wood or attach it somehow...

By the way, I did buy the tool. I spent $23, including shipping and received one roll of 3M, Edge-Lock, Delicate tape and two, two-way adhesive strips. I'll take my chances as this is not the only room I plan to paint a design in. I'll be sure to let you know how it (my project) turns out!
 
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What I meant was to use a piece of wood as a marking guide. You shouldn't need to hold it while you tape. It's fairly easy to get tape to follow a straight line with little pencil marks every so often to keep you on track.

I'll be sure to let you know how it (my project) turns out!
Please do, pics would be nice
 
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Remember that tape needs to be removed from the wall while the paint is still wet or you need to cut the paint/tape edge with a knife before pulling it off. Otherwise, removing the tape from dried paint can cause the paint to come off as well.
 
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