I wanted to decorate my son's room a little better now that we've settled in our new house. I figured bright stripes in the color of his favorite ninja turtle would do the trick.
1) large level - the nice kind used by carpenters
2) colored pencil in a shade of your stripes
3) tape. not optional, no matter how pro a painter you are
4) painting supplies, paint, rollers, trays, etc. I'll assume you've painted before!
Step 1: Tape & Prime
Make sure your walls are ready for painting.
You have to be especially careful with exact lines when you place the tape. Every little mistake will be visible in the resulting stripes.
Step 2: Draw straight lines
Using a large level, draw straight lines down the walls.
You'll notice that I didn't take my own advice in the first step and used a dark pencil. This meant that I had to use a flexible eraser to take off some of the graphite left on the walls by the pencil.
Using a colored pencil avoids this problem.
Step 3: Tape & Paint the Rows
Put the tape up on either side of one of the colors you'll be using.
Step 4: Tape & Paint the Second color
If you're doing more than one color.
Step 5: Rinse & Repeat With All Colors
We decided to use bright orange. Soon there will be ninja turtles painted over the stripes.