Any guesses why I love to paint my front door or any door? Because my front door does not have ceilings or adjacent walls. Nothing unsettles me more than when I have to paint a straight line. It’s like the two colors have a face-off on adjoining walls or a ceiling.
Kind of like when Bobby Brady used masking tape to keep his brother Peter on his side of the room.
Trouble ensues when you rely on tape to solve boundary issues.
And, despite the claims of bleed proof paint tape ( I see you & I love you Frog Tape & Blue tape), there is always a paint dollop that makes a run for the edge. Or at least at my paint pay grade. #wink
How to Paint a Straight Line
My husband is the one to thank for this how to paint a straight line with two colors tip.
You may remember him when this happened on our anniversary.
Okay so here is the key my husband shared to keep two paint colors on their respective walls.
Here was our most recent paint project with two paint colors. When we updated our kitchen last fall we extended an existing counter by an additional 12″ to create a breakfast bar or buffet space between the kitchen and the dining room.
But instead of Bobby and Peter we had Revere Pewter in the kitchen and Hale Navy in the dining room.
Steps to Paint a Straight Line on a Wall
Here is a very grainy photo because you only have one chance to get it right and my tutorial was around 7:30 pm. Revere on the left of the corner and Hale Navy on the right under the expanded counter. I have an unfinished rounded corner where I want a linear border to divide the two colors.
Stick with me on this tutorial.
- Define the corner with painter’s tape. The right edge of the tape is where the two paint colors will meet. Our corner is rounded so we decided in advance where the color would transition on the corner. Use your finger (or paper towel) to push down on the edge of the tape with the lighter color to seal that edge.
- Add revere pewter to the right of the tape. I paint about an inch onto the Hale Navy or paint color #2 side. Again, use a finger, sponge brush or paper towel to apply paint color #1 (Revere Pewter). The lighter color paints over the darker color in this example.
- Let dry.
4. Paint over the freshly painted edge (paint color #1) with paint color #2. Yes, you are painting over the first color. Remember paint color #1 seals the edge. Return to freshly painted edge of paint color #1 and paint over the first color with paint color #2.
5. Remove tape within a few minutes (still wet). Gently pull tape from bottom to top.
The video below includes the paint color #1 and then skips to the tape removal. I made a note that Step #4 is the same section it is just painted with the Hale Navy (paint color #2).
VIDEO OF FINAL REVEAL (A LITTLE ROUGH WITH BAD LIGHTING).
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