I can’t believe it’s been a year since we became homeowners! House Hunting was such a rough process for us. OK, it was mostly rough for me. I’m an indecisive person and I like to see ALL of my options before I make a decision. Unfortunately we were looking to buy in a seller’s market, so we had to make a decision on the houses we saw THE SAME DAY. Which is just crazy. But we survived and everything worked out really well.
And I love the house we chose even though we had to do an enormous amount of cosmetic work to it before we moved in. Painting was a huge project. But we finished it before moving day…all except for painting the office, that is. You see, I had a vision for the office. A few years ago I saw a painting “Rosie’s Tea Party” by Mark Ryden and I fell in love with the idea of a room with pink stripes.
And I thought it was a crazy idea until I brought it up to my husband (who worked at Sherwin Williams for a billion years) and he assured me that it was totally doable. So yeah, I was excited! I started researching pink stripes on Pinterest and found a combination of pink (Sweet Taffy) and an off-white color (Mayonnaise) that I thought would work perfectly together. So we had the colors matched in Sherwin Williams Super Paint Satin. And I was convinced that it was going to look amazing (because, you know, Pinterest doesn’t lie…)
But it didn’t look amazing at all.
The off-white color turned out to be way more yellow than I wanted it to be. It’s probably because the room doesn’t get enough light. I really tried to like it since it had a vintage feel to the color. But the rest of the house is a purple/pink color with white accents. So this color just didn’t seem to fit. And then Shade said “I love the pink and yellow stripes!” and I was convinced that we needed to change it. Kids are so honest.
I really didn’t want to pick out a different off-white color. So I went with my gut and just decided to do white. It took two coats of white to get rid of the pink and yellow and then we (by “we” I mean Jeremy. I was there to provide the music and moral support) got to work on the stripes.
So here we go!
First step: Decide on the size of the stripes you want to paint. We went with 10-inch stripes. So start at a corner and measure out 10 inches and then mark it. Jeremy used a pencil and put a line at the 10-inch mark. Then he put a “P” so he knew which side of the line would be painted pink. The next line should have a “P” on the right side of the line instead of the left. Continue doing that around the room.
Second step: After you’re totally done with marking off your 10-inch measurements. Use a laser level (we used this Stanley one from Home Depot) and line it up right over the line you drew with a pencil. Then tape it from the floor to the ceiling. Make sure you don’t tape over the “P” because the tape is supposed to go over the white stripes only. Not the area that will be painted pink.
This is what the room will look like when it’s totally taped off. The lines of tape that are closer together are part of the white stripes. And the lines with a wider gap are to be painted pink. Also, make sure you tape off the doorframes, baseboards, and anything else you don’t want paint on before you start painting!
Third step: It’s time to start painting! Cut in with pink paint at the ceiling, baseboards, corners, and around doorframes and windows. Make sure to only paint those taped off areas marked with a “P”!
Fourth step: Time to bring out the rollers and paint the rest of it! (I kind of miss my pixie cut by the way, hah!)
Last step: I was so excited to see the results! But unfortunately once it dried we realized the pink stripes would need another coat. So make sure you check before you remove the tape!
Painting pink stripes was a LOT more work than I thought it would be. Of course, most of that was work that I created. I should have just gone with white in the first place. But it all worked out really great in the end. Thanks to my amazing husband. And I’m so happy to finally have my pink striped office!
I mean, it’s definitely an upgrade from the brown room that it used to be! And we have so many more cosmetic renovations that we’d like to do in our house. Like replacing the carpet with wood flooring and getting brand new baseboards! I’m really looking forward to all the changes that we’ll make. Let me know if you guys have any questions!
35 thoughts on “How To DIY Pink Striped Walls”
These walls are so adorable! Great work! 🙂
Thank you so much! 💗💗
Walls looks amazing!!
Thank you!! 😀
Wow! You did a great job keeping those stripes straight! It’s cute 🙂
Thank you!! All credit for the straight lines goes to my husband. I was watching him line up the tape with the laser line. Didn’t look easy 😜 Haha 💗
It looks amazing! Who wouldn’t want an office like that!!
Thank you so much! It’s seriously my happy place. Haha 😀
The white definitely looks brighter & crisper, but sweet taffy & mayonnaise has to be one of the greatest color combo names I’ve ever heard!
Hahaha! I know, right. And Shade kept calling it “the Mayonnaise room” before we added the pink stripes. You can imagine how happy I was about that 😜
it’s so cute!! every girl’s dream is to have a pink room! wah ❤ ❤
Thank you!! Of course! Pink is the best 😀💗
Love it. Definitely prefer the white to the mayonnaise. It made it so much brighter. Nice work 🙂
Yep! You’re absolutely right! The color might have worked if the room received more natural light. I’m not sure. But the white definitely changed it to a nice and bright happy place. Thank you! 😀💗
Love this! It’s so fun and you guys did a fantastic job!
Thank you so much!! 💗💗
That looks awesome! Nice job. Personalising your new house can seem like a lot of hard work, but it is so well worth it when you can step back and take in the fruits of your labour. Enjoy your new office space. I am trying to come up with something for my bedroom and office/sewing room. Decisions, decisions…
You guys did a great job! Blessings!
Thanks so much! And you’re right! It’s a lot of hard work, but SO rewarding. We lived in an apartment before this, so I’ve never been able to be very creative with my home. So I’m enjoying the freedom! 😀 You could do stripes! Haha 💗 I’d definitely recommend checking out Pinterest for unique ideas, but be careful with paint colors! 😉
Wood is more my thing. Really expensive though…
Oh man, I love it!
Thank you!! 😀
Wow that looks amazing! and you are so lucky to have such a supportive husband 🙂 Mine probably wont let me have pink and white walls… So jealous! Im excited to see more home improvement❤
Awww thank you! 💗 And I was surprised he was OK with it myself, haha. His reasoning is that since I’m a stay-at-home mom, I spend more time looking at the walls in our house than he does. And I’m not arguing with that! 😂
That’s a great point! 👌😄
This is just so cute! I’m meant ti be decorating soon and now want cotton candy stripes too!
Yay!! That’s awesome! I hope you do get them and love them as much as I love mine 😀💗
I love this 😍😍 I’ve actually been thinking about doing this when I move in a couple months, light pink and white too. So this is very helpful!!
Aww yay! I’m so glad that it helps! I’d love to see pics if you decide to do it 💗💗
Yes, I’ll definitely show you if I end up doing it 😃💜
How cute! And how lucky that you have a husband who agreed to a pink striped room! =)
I know, right!! He’s a little bit crazy and I’m just fine with that. Haha! 💗💗
Oh my god this looks sooo amazing!!!
Thank you so much!! 😀
WOW this looks amazing!!! I’m decorating our spare room and this would be a brilliant and easy fix for them boring walls!