Paint Diagonal Stripes with FrogTape

July 15, 2014Allison Murray

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Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

There are big changes afoot for me. I’m selling my home in Oklahoma and moving away to the much more fast paced and harried Houston, Texas. To my parents house. Womp, womp!


Things have been changing and really quickly and totally unexpectedly. One minute I am thinking I’ll spend the rest of my life in my little house on a hill in Oklahoma and the next the rug gets pulled out from under my feet. It’s one of those things where I don’t really feel like I’m in a place to make any big decisions. So after a talk with my father, I’m going to be crashing with my parents for a while until I can figure out where I want to go with my life after all of these big changes.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

The idea of being able to live, literally, anywhere is both exciting and incredibly scary at the same time. And while I can someday move to Hawaii, I’ll probably wind up staying somewhat close to home. But for now I’m  home with the ‘rents!

And since I might be here for a couple of months (my father insists that there is a 3 year minimum as he loves my stellar company :) I’ve decided to make my old room my new room. Gone are the antique items and decor in the style of my mother and in are popping up more modern and contemporary things in their place. First up was making a totally hip and totally unique mural with diagonal stripes with FrogTape Textured Surface. It may look difficult to get these perfect stripes, but I have to tell you, it’s really pretty darn simple!

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

For this project you will need:

  • FrogTape® Textured Surface
  • FrogTape® for taping off woodwork, etc.
  • Push pins
  • Spackling
  • String (I used mason line from the hardware store)
  • Paint and necessary implements with which to rock said paint

First up, let’s take a peek at the old room.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

It’s pretty much how I’ve remembered it for ages… except my mother and I changed the bedding out from the stash she has in the closet in an attempt to make it more “me”. It failed. The kid likes it, though.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

Prep your wall by painting your base color and allow to dry. Mine is white. Next, using your push pins and line to make your first diagonal strip guide. Make sure you’re happy with that first line and finagle as necessary to get the angle you’re looking for.

Take your FrogTape® and follow along the line made by your string. Quick tip, the longer  your reach when stretching the tape BEFORE pressing to the wall, the straighter the line will be in the end.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

To make the stripes along the full wall, take a ruler and measure how the exact same distance between the edge of the tape on bot the bottom and top of the strip. Place a push pin in those areas and run the string to each pin to make your guide line. Follow with tape and continue. FYI – my stripes are exactly 9 inches apart.

After you get  your first two lines done, you can reuse your string and pin by just moving it over X number of inches as needed.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

When you start getting near corners you will need to measure from the corner to the diagonal line to see where to place your push pin. It seems confusing but you’ll get the hang of it.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

Now I know we’ve talked about the special Paint Block technology that FrogTape® rocks but just in case you’ve forgotten, there is this awesome stuff on the sticky side of the tape that bonds to latex paint. So you paint the crazy stuff underneath does its job and no paint leaks beneath the tape. It’s genius. It’s awesome. It’s borderline crazy, mad scientist type stuff.

Now the process is just about the same with the special Textured Surface version but you also get this bottle of liquid you spread over the lines of tape to help seal in straight, clean edges on those extra lumpy and bumpy walls. It, too, is genius.

Slather that liquid on, allow to dry and get ready to get going. Oh, and no need to use sparingly. I used two rolls of tape but only one bottle of liquid. It goes way far.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

Tape off the sides of your walls and your baseboards with FrogTape® and get to painting your first accent color! This color is called fresh salmon. Mmm, colorful! If you’re going to be doing the 3 tone wall as I did, I’d highly recommend a splashy and bright color for this coat! (Oh, and a special thanks to older nephew for rocking that DSLR and snapping fab pics of this bost, by the by!)

Let’s take a break and wait for the paint dry…

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

and marvel at just how pretty Roscoe is in front of that crazy awesome wall. So pretty!

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

Now I decided that plain ol’ diagonal stripes just wasn’t enough for me well in advance, but if you’re just rocking the stripes, don’t feel bad and just skip right on down a few steps as this bit has nothing to do with you :)

Still here? Excellent. To make my wall have distinct and unique pattern I got my father’s assistance and next got to some straight horizontal lines across the wall. To get amazingly straight lines, we placed the first line as straight as we could and then measured X number of inches up or down from that line to place the next. Bing, bang, boom.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

Paint your next color (mine is gray) and allow to fully dry.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

When everything is dry you can peel away your paint and marvel in what an amazing paint job you did with a little bit of FrogTape! Now I have no actual pictures of removing the tape because my nephews and I got kind of excited about it and started ripping off tape when the paint finally felt dry right at their bedtime.

That night I learned that EVERYONE likes peeling tape from things.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

…and they like staging silly pics on a freshly painted wall where it looks like they’re “falling from oblivion with only a roll of tape to slow them in the fall”! Or maybe that’s just us.

Paint diagonal stripes perfectly with FrogTape!

And while I still feel kind of like a loser crashing at home, at least I love the direction my room is moving into which is making this whole, gigantic life change a bit easier on me.

Plus, I’ve got that guy up there. Who can be sad with a guy like that to cuddle in a room like that?

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Comments (8)

  • June Laughter

    July 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    First of all, I love your blog! I’ve been a subscriber for a couple of months now and have gotten a lot of inexpensive (but fabulous) ideas from you!

    When I saw this post, I was totally amazed with the outcome. That started the wheels turning instantly. I have recently had a “vacancy” in my spare bedroom and was thinking of ways to change to look to a more modern and contemporary fashion. I’m going to dive in once the weather starts cooling but instead of doing the horizontal and diagonal, I want to do a criss-cross pattern. Starting with a deep purple base and flashing it up with a bright yellow and nearly flourescent green for the main wall and then have the side walls just yellow and the rear wall green with purple criss-cross patter. It sounds wild and crazy, but that’s the way I am also. Looking forward to diving in come autumn. Thanks again for the Fashion Fab ideas!!!!

    1. Allison Murray

      July 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Oh, June you MUST send me a picture. I love wild and crazy and I’m dying to see the outcome!!! And thanks for being a reader :)

  • Amy Anderson

    July 15, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I use Frog Tape for everything. I’d love to do some glass projects next actually! Also, you should move to Atlanta – there’s a lot of action here!!

    1. Allison Murray

      July 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      I’ve heard it’s Hot-lanta! And action would be lots of fun to be around PLUS we could totally do lunch :)

  • Alissa

    July 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Hi Allison,
    I LOVE that wall!!! What a great idea to go diagonally!! I would love to do this on a picnic table top in the garden!! Thanks 4 the awesome idea!

  • Ama

    July 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Wow!!!! I love this idea…and the colors you choose are perfect! Great work!

  • Midsommarflicka

    July 21, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    It’s great to have a good connection to ones parents so they allow one to crash at their place! I may do the same next year for a few months between the end of my studies and the beginning of my work at school. My main reason is another one though, it’s just that I’m too annoyed of my small apartment here in Hamburg.
    Hope, you can relax a little bit at your parents place and figure everything out!

    The stripes you painted look great, it’s an unexpected pattern and I love it! :)

    1. Allison Murray

      July 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      I’ve decided it isn’t all that bad to crash at home :) I’m very, very lucky to have a relationship with them to where this is totally possible!

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