How to paint a straight line on a textured wall

Reblogger Winston Heverly
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Winston Realty, Inc. BK63078915


This is an excellent and well thought out post dealing with paint on rough surfaces. As you read to the end, keep in mind this final thought and it is this. Semi gloss, or eggshell finishes are used in S. Florida. After the paint has dried it may pull away from the wall after being tape. You have to be very careful, when pulling the tape off, but still may have to go back and touch up your line the tape makes.  

Original content by Mimi Foster

How to paint a straight line on a textured wall

straight line on a textured wallOne of the best ways to give new life to a room is by adding a splash of color.  Sometimes just painting an accent wall can transform the whole feeling of the area.  It might also be fun to paint some stripes.  But if your painted edges are crooked and messy, that is what generally will catch people's eye, and it would probably be better not to have painted at all.

Walls with texture can make for some ugly paint lines, but there is an easy method to get them straight.  You will need blue painter's tape, a paint brush (not too large), a tiny amount of the original color of paint that will not be changing (for simplicity, in the accompanying photo, let's call the dark purple the original wall color), and the new color of paint the light blue.  A drop cloth might also be helpful.

  • If you are painting a corner, run your painter's tape down the side that will remain the old color (purple). Make the tape as straight as possible in the corner.
  • Take the original (purple) color of paint and paint down the entire center/corner seam (you will paint purple where the purple and blue meet in the photo), sealing the tape to the wall all the way down.  You will be applying paint to the edge of the tape AND to the corner edge of the wall that will become blue. If you do not have the original paint color, you may also use painter's caulk or clear acrylic in the same sheen as the paint.  Run a smooth bead of caulk down the center (I run an ice cube down it to make it smooth)
  • Allow to dry ~ anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, or however long it takes for the paint to no longer be tacky
  • Take the new paint color (blue) and paint over the same corner line that you painted purple previously, again sealing the edge of the tape and painting the new color onto the wall that is changing to blue.
  • You may now finish painting the wall blue, but here is an important step ~
  • Do not leave the tape on the wall for too long.  You want to allow enough time for the paint to dry, but not enough time for it to completely harden.  I usually take the tape off within an hour. 
  • There may still be wet paint on the tape, so be sure that when you are pulling it straight out from the wall that it doesn't touch other surfaces.

The concept here is that paint is going to wick under the tape.  You want the color that wicks to be the original paint color.  When you apply the new color in the same place, it will no longer have anywhere to go under the tape.  Painting a straight line on a textured wall is an easy task to master, and this is a project that can be done in a short period of time.  It can make an amazing transformation to your room.  Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.

How to paint a straight line on a textured wall was written by Mimi Foster

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Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
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Winston - What a great idea Mimi has for making sure we paint straight lines.  I personally hate to paint and have found the best way to get a straight line is to hire someone else to do it!


Feb 05, 2012 03:34 PM #1
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I've used tape and have had to deal with the pain wicking under the tape as she descirbes.  I will have to try this trick.  Thanks for re-blogging and sharing the idea.

Feb 05, 2012 03:44 PM #2
Sophia Lin
Intero Real Estate Services - Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist

Hi Winston, I'm actually about to do a project like this in my own house.  It will be my first time and I will definitely be using the blue tape, or I saw on a commercial something called "frog tape" :)

Feb 05, 2012 03:46 PM #3
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Winston - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on how to paint a straight line on a textured wall.

Feb 05, 2012 04:07 PM #4
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

thanks for the reblog, Winston.  It DOES make a difference if you are painting in the humidity of Florida or the DRY Colorado Mountain air :)

Feb 06, 2012 09:43 AM #5
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Winston, I did see Mimi's blog and all I could think was let my husband the builder worry about that. I'm an artist and all I paint is pictures.

Feb 07, 2012 12:19 PM #6
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