For everyone who wants to try something unusual: design your own wall yourself! In the following guide we’ll show you how to create a special flair within your own four walls using offset stripes. As the colours and design in this case make quite a strong statement, we suggest it is best to use a smaller wall for it. Otherwise the whole impression could be rather over-the-top.
For this you will need:
- FrogTape® Multi-Surface
- FrogTape® Delicate Surface
- Foam paint roller
- Latex wall paint
- Spirit level
- Folding ruler
First of all you need to measure everything out. Begin with the width and height of your wall. To end up with even spacing later, make sure that you measure from the skirting board and not the floor when you measure the wall height. Now you can apply the main colour you would like to have as a base. Simply use it to paint the whole wall. Once it is dry you can use a folding ruler to make your first marks on the wall, to mark out the position of the stripes. Simply use a pencil and ruler to mark dots at regular distances (e.g. every 15 cm) right up to the ceiling.
Now you can use a spirit level and a thin pencil line to draw horizontal lines level with the dots. Then find the middle of the wall along the lines and mark it with your pencil. Then make a pencil mark left and right of the middle (at the same distance) of all the lines, to mark out the width of your middle column.
Use your spirit level again to link the marks placed to the left and the right
vertically with each other. You should now see several columns (for us, three) on the wall.
Now it’s time to use the FrogTape® Multi-Surface. If you start in the middle, simply mask off all the lines outside the rectangle that you want to paint.
Now smooth all the edges of the FrogTape® with your fingernail to make sure that no paint can bleed under the adhesive tape.
In this step you can paint the respective rectangle with your chosen colour (in our example, black) using a dense foam paint roller. We applied three coats.
Whilst the paint is still damp you need to carefully remove the FrogTape® and leave the paint to dry for 24 hours.
Once the middle column is dry you can tackle the left and right columns. You must mask off the rectangle that you want to paint next (left and right) offset from the current rectangle in the middle column. This is how you will later achieve your desired effect. Use FrogTape® Delicate Surface for this because the black paint in the middle is still fresh. Here too, the edges of the adhesive tape need to be smoothed again.
Once you have painted the left and middle columns, remove the adhesive tape whilst the paint is still damp. Leave the paint to dry for 24 hours.
As you can see, the result is not yet outstanding. So that your wall doesn’t look like a zebra crossing, go straight to the next step!
Once again use FrogTape® Delicate Surface and simply stick one strip along the top edge and one along the bottom edge of all the white rectangles.
Now paint the middle section between the strips of adhesive tape black as well. Apply another three coats.
Just as before: remove the FrogTape® whilst the last coat of paint is still damp in order to achieve the best possible result.
It looks a lot better now, doesn’t it? Once you have left it to dry for another 24 hours your own designer masterpiece is completed. Enjoy!