So here are a couple of tips for you if you happen to be planning on painting stripes someday...
I usually cut in without using painter's tape, for several reasons.
1. I'm pretty good at cutting in. (Pats self on back.)
2. I'm cheap and painter's tape is not.
And 3, the biggest reason, I always get the bleed-through! Grrrr.
But to paint stripes, you basically can't not use painter's tape (double-negative intended). I've got a pretty steady hand, but not steady enough for a nice crisp line.
But, wait! With pesky bleed-through, it's tricky to get a nice crisp line even with painter's tape.
Or is it?
That's right. After you tape off your stripe, "seal" the edge of the tape with the color underneath. That way, any bleed-through is going to be the color it's bleeding onto. Does that make sense?
In this pic I've sealed the tape with the three colors the eventual orange stripe will touch: blue above and green and ivory below.
This extra step takes a few more minutes, but it's very, very worth it.
Ooh, la, la! That is one sharp line!
This tip was brought to me by my sister, Jillian.
I also used painter's tape on the ceiling of my daughter's room.
I was going to do stripes on the ceiling, but after spending a good eight hours stenciling one wall,
I had neither the ambition nor the arm strength to tape off stripes on the ceiling!
Also, I felt it would be too busy with both.
Anyway, I decided to just paint the whole ceiling pink, inspired by this Pinterest find:
The walls of her room are a neutral beige, so I thought this would be a great statement. But that crown molding is really setting this whole room off, isn't it? And, obviously, with my budget of zero dollars, I cannot install crown molding! Which is where my second tip comes in...
The ceiling was already white, so before I let Jillian loose with pink paint and a roller, I measured out from the wall 3 inches in each corner and made a mark. Then Jill stood in one corner and I stood in the other and we stretched our painters tape tight and taped off a strip 3 inches wide along the wall on the ceiling. We repeated this around the perimeter of the room. I got this taping-off technique from this tutorial HERE.
I then rolled the inside edge of the tape with white ceiling paint and a small foam roller to seal the tape,
after which Jill rolled out the pink paint. (A 3rd tip is to make your sister paint the ceiling. Much easier on your own shoulders and neck.)
Here's a picture in progress:
EW! Do you guys have the Asian beetle invasion? They always gather in the corners. It's creepy, but makes vacuuming them up easier. I'm sorry to any Asian beetle rights activists out there. But they have to go.
I didn't vacuum them before the picture on purpose. Or I was lazy.
But, either way, it shows the true corner, cause with this painting technique, there is an optical illusion and you truly cannot tell if the white is on the wall or the ceiling or is, in fact, crown!
My mom had to go right up to the wall and look up to see what I meant, because she thought there was white corner-round along the ceiling!
(giggles with glee)
I love it when a plan comes together!
The best part is, there was no cutting in involved!
Now, if I can convince Jill, I think I want (her) to paint all my ceilings!
I hope you can use these tips.
Come back again, and maybe I'll have gotten around to posting a kids' rooms reveal.
(Please don't hold your breath.)