Wall of Stripes No Tape Required

wall of stripes no tape required


We have all seen the abundance of tutorials on painting stripes on a wall and you ask why is this any different?


Well, first I have a question for you….

solids or stripes


I have always tried to muster up the courage to tackle painting stripes on a wall. There are some great tutorials out there such as here and here.

But, I knew it was going to be an immediate thumbs down right from the start.

thumbs down hand



Why do I doom myself from the beginning?

Our walls are highly textured. They have this thin coat of plaster mixed with sand. I am not a fan of it. Painting walls with a solid color is a major struggle to get good coverage. I can’t imagine adding striped details with tape to the mix. And this post from Michelle @ 4 men 1 lady about the truth on striped walls just confirmed my fears.


And that brings me to the second reason….

I have no patience for tape. I just don’t use it. The whole process of trying to get the tape off the roll, lining it up in a straight line, and making sure the tape sticks to the highly textured wall makes me well….lose my stripes!

zebra stripes and stress



Now, I realize I am not being a big promoter of painters tape such as Frog Tape. There have been many great reviews of the product and I have no doubt it is. So, if you have way more courage and optimism than I do, they have a great tutorial on painting textured walls using Frog Tape. Perhaps, one of these days I will get over my fear and get on the Frog Tape bandwagon.


I gotta tell ya though…even though I am a tape hater, I am a firm believer that walls need love. They need character added to them whether it be a gorgeous paint color, board-and-batten, shiplap, crown moulding or in my case a bit of screen stock.


Screen what you say?

Screen stock. It is a very thin piece of flat wood or millwork. You can find it in the millwork department at your local hardware store. It comes in lengths of 8′ and runs about $5 for each piece.



This was our process…

We used a great tutorial to measure out the width of the stripes from Beth at Unskinny Boppy. The Lazy Girls Timesaving Tips For Painting Wall Stripes. Hmm,  I am the first to say that maybe my post should be called the Lazier Girls Timesaving Tips. Bahaha.


Anyway, here is where you really need to pay attention

If you are planning on having a contrasting stripe to your walls such as white and black or gray and white, it is advisable to prime and paint the screen stock in the colors you are using prior to nailing on. Otherwise, you will be getting out that teeny tiny paint brush, pulling your hair out and wishing you would have used that Frog Tape! And depending on your preference, painting between the lines might be helpful as well.


striped wall with screen stock

For me though, I really didn’t want contrast on the walls. I did however, want some interest and texture. So, I did prime the screen stock first and then I just painted the walls entirely when finished.


Adding the screen stock:

We marked, with chalk, where the studs were located in order to properly nail the screen stock to the wall securely. We used a pneumatic nail gun for this process. Because our room was longer than the 8′ pieces of stock, we just butted the ends together and nailed while staggering the seams.


screen stock striped wall


One more important tip that we learned after the fact……

striped wall no tape tip

The screen stock will expand and contract with temperature changes. Make sure you leave a small gap on each end where the screen stock butts up to the wall corner. Otherwise, you will have buckling over time.

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So, now you ask me if I am a solids or stripes kinda gal?

I guess I am a little bit of both.

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Valentine Love Oar-row


Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. My girls and I wanted to create a special nook to celebrate the LOVE. I also wanted to inspire you to find something old around your home and think about how it could be used in another way.

wooden oar

I had this old oar sitting around waiting to be transformed into something special.

It definitely needs some oomph doesn’t it? Let’s see how I gave it a makeover, shall we?

zig zag wrapping paper


I found this colorful wrapping paper at TJ Maxx months back. I was drawn to the bright colors and how each flowed into the other. This was my inspiration for the color scheme I wanted to create. The modern valentine.

Here is how I created the valentine oar-row. I laid out the shims before painting to figure out how many I would need.

oar row supplies
The supplies are pretty straightforward and budget-friendly:

-wooden oar

-2 packages of shims {I used the shorter pieces}

-one wooden heart {purchased from Michael’s}

-paint in various colors {I used CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, but any acrylic or latex paint would work as well}

-furniture wax to seal

E 6000 adhesive to adhere the shims and wooden heart

painted oar

I started by painting the entire oar. I used two colors to do this. First, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and once dry I layered it with CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut brown.

Next, I painted the shims that would be the feathers of the arrow. This was a bit of a tedious process with the many different colors I used.

painted shimspainted shims 2

Once the paint had dried on all the shims, which was very quickly, I decided to add another layer of paint. I wanted to mimic the colors flowing together just as the pattern in my wrapping paper. To do this, I added a contrasting color over the base color. Once dry, I used a wet rag to wipe/rub off the top color in areas to reveal the under color.

This gives dimension to each piece and creates a soft look for the feathers.

layered paint colors

Next, I sealed  {waxed} the feathers of my valentine oar-row. The Annie Sloan wax brushes are so fabulous to use. But, a lint-free cloth will work just as well for this DIY project. Once the wax was applied, the richness of the colors emerged. I buffed each shim once dry to bring out the luster of the finish. The same was done with the oar.

waxing shims

I then arranged the feather shims in a similar pattern to the wrapping paper that inspired the project. Once the placement was where I wanted it to be, I glued each shim with the E6000 adhesive.

I did the same with the wooden heart.

feather placementfeather shims

 Once the adhesive was dry, I added a hook on the back of the oar to hang.

hanging feathers
red heart

valentine display

 What do you think of the valentine oar-row?




Once the oar was transformed, my girls had a chance to contribute to the valentine display. They helped by cutting small hearts out of the wrapping paper that inspired the project. I was told the hearts look like butterflies. {We might have to add a body and antennas for a bit of whimsy!}

butterfly hearts

butterfly heart

When I was a little girl my mom and I made these fabric heart cards. We entered them into a contest at the radio station and won! {She did most of the work.} My mom definitely nurtured that craftiness inside of me.  I have kept these cards throughout the years. They are a nice little keepsake to personalize the valentine decor and a great memory of sharing LOVE.

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valentine side view



valentine arrow


valentine arrow for cupid

Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.




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Chalk Paint Coastal Tree



Hey friends! I am here to share a simple DIY project with you today! Collecting objects from nature is something our family loves to do. Creating home decor with those objects is budget-friendly and gives you unique pieces that only you will have.

Let’s get started with the tutorial.


Supplies you will need:

Piece of plywood cut to your desired size

Chalk paint, paint brush, sandpaper, wood of various sizes for tree

Sealer for topcoat, of your choice

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in Blue Montana Sky.


A piece of plywood.


Pieces of wood to make the tree shape. These pieces were collected by my kiddos, making it a special memento when finished.


Remove paint from the original container and mix with a bit of water in a  bowl. Adding a bit of water will help the paint spread  easier,  as chalk paint is of a thicker consistency. Start applying the paint and cover entire surface.


The fun part-watching the chalk paint dry.


Isn’t that neat? The variations of drying: lighter areas have dried and the darker are still wet.


Next is the wash over the top. Layering paint colors is such a creative process. To apply a wash, water down a small amount of paint to the consistency of colored water. Brush on the piece, intentionally not covering the entire surface. CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist chalk paint was used.


Then, take a rag and wipe off the excess paint used for the wash. Let dry.

Place your wood pieces on your plywood to create the desired shape of your tree. Hot glue the pieces on.

Now comes the final topcoat.


I love using General Finishes Flat topcoat poly. It leaves a low luster finish to the surface. Other poly products I have used are very shiny once dry, which is not my preference.


Here is the completed piece. It is an inexpensive way to create wall art. This creation will be displayed on our Coastal-inspired Christmas Mantel.


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