How to paint zebra stripes

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How to paint zebra stripes
Zebra stripes are most effective when they are not consistent in size and shape. (Getty Creative)

When it comes to interior design, a variety of different painting techniques can be used to add flair to just about any room. One of the most effective ways to transform a room is to paint zebra stripes on the wall. Zebra stripes are easy to implement, and can transform a mundane wall into a conversational piece. Painting zebra stripes requires very little prior skill or knowledge, and is a fun project that anyone can take on.

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Things you need

  • Cleaning detergent
  • Primer
  • Zebra stripe stencils
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Painter's tape

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    Choose a zebra strip pattern that you wish to paint upon your wall. A copy shop will be able to create stencils of the chosen pattern for you, which will be used when painting the wall. Another option is to mark the pattern upon a translucent sheet, which can be done at home and used during the painting process.

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    Clean the wall you intend to paint with the cleaning detergent. Ensure that you free the wall of any dirt or grime, as the paint will not take to the wall otherwise. Strip any laminate from the wall before cleaning, as left over laminate will impede upon the painting process. Once cleaned, wipe the wall down with a damp cloth in order to remove stubborn dust or debris.

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    Prime the wall using a light-coloured primer. This will create a smooth surface to be painted upon, as well as cover up the old colour so that it does not bleed through the paint job.

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    Paint the entire wall white. Ensure that you lay down at least two coats in order to cover up the previous colour and to provide a strong base for the zebra stripe pattern. Dull, satin or bright finishes can be used, depending upon the type of effect you are looking for.

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    Mark out the portions of the wall that you wish to become stripes using your stencils and painters tape. Tape around the stencil, ensuring that you vary the design enough so that it does not appear to be stagnant. The more diverse the design, the more realistic and effective it will be.

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    Paint inside of the tape using the black paint; one coat is usually sufficient. Remove the tape after letting dry for at least three hours.

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