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Are textured walls a Midwest thing? Because it seems to be pretty standard to have textured walls here in Illinois. And textured walls can be intimidating when adding stripes or patterns. I was intimidated. But I’m not anymore.
My friend Tia saved my rear recently. And since she wanted a chevron wall in her new nursery, I asked her if I could bring over the new chevron FrogTape’s Shape Tape and repay her kindness.
Most people bring donuts or coffee. I bring FrogTape® and a positive attitude.
The new Shape Tapes™ come in patterns like chevron, wave and scallop and can be picked up at all Menards and selecgted Target and WalMart stores.
The tape takes all the tricky measuring out of creating patterns on painting projects and has a special PaintBlock® Technology – which creates a barrier and seal for paint to avoid bleeding. (More information on their website.)
I had never done anything like this – no stripes in my past painting projects. So, this was a bit of an experiment.
We measured up from the floor for the first line – the floor was relatively level already and we wanted it to look level with the crib against the wall. (Read: We didn’t have a level.)
There are two backing liner strips on the Shape Tape™, so you can remove half of the liner first to make it repositionable so you can get the shape straight and level. Then, we took off the bottom strip and used a vinyl transfer tool to get the tape stuck well to the wall (a credit card would also work).
We did have some trouble getting the tape to stick to the walls – it could have been the texture or the sheen of the base paint. But, we were able to get a good application by using the tool. And my favorite part of the tape is that there’s a line in the center to use to measure and level. Super handy.
To keep the paint from bleeding, start with a quick coat of the same color paint from the base.
The first base coat and the PaintBlock® Technology really seemed to seal the chevron shape. Look at that perfectly clean line.
The chevron style is a bit smaller and narrower than those I’ve seen before, but I think it turned out great! And the tape makes it so simple – we finished the entire process in a couple hours. (Most of the time was spent getting the lines straight and watching paint dry.)
So there was plenty of time to get donuts afterwards. I mean, not that I did that.
What do you think? Where would you use FrogTape® Shape Tape™?