While I was working on my bathroom remodel(s), I decided to try an accent wall. I know, I know – what is this, 1994? Well, what can I say – it’s easy enough to paint over if I don’t like it, and fun enough to keep if it really rocks the joint.
Before I used the method below, I tried about 4 times to paint a straight line using painters tape and wound up with enough bleed-under that it looked like I painted the wall with a mop. Blindfolded. My walls have a light texture on them, you see – if you have plain or non-textured walls, ordinary painters tape will work just fine, and you can skip the method below. But you won’t escape my mumbled mutterings of how lucky you are… but I digress.
I’ll let you in on the secret to razor sharp corners that I learned from House of Hepworths:
Don’t worry about the corners or tape just yet. Get some paint on them there walls!
First – put your darker color on the wall. Paint the majority of the wall, but keep this dark color about an inch or so away from the corner.
Second – while you wait for the dark color to dry, paint the majority of your other wall with the lighter color – start at the edge furthest away from your dark color and work towards the dark color, giving the dark paint time to dry. You’ll want to get this lighter color into the corner, and a little bit onto your dark accent wall. Fear not, stout Yeoman: we’re going to paint over anything we get on the darker wall later!
After you’ve painted the majority of both walls, it’s time to adjourn to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, maybe pour a bowl of Cracklin’ Oat Bran, or chow down on a crisp, refreshing apple and watch today’s episode of The Price Is Right while you wait for your paint to dry.
After you’ve seen enough Plinko and have determined that you should, in all best efforts, drink more tea and less coffee, it’s time to get back to work!
Third – When the light color has dried (follow the recommended drying time on the paint can, don’t go by touch) – that’s when you start using painters tape – I really can’t say enough good things about Frog Tape delicate surface yellow (if your area has high humidity, you might choose the regular tape – it’ll stick better) . It has a special chemical agent that ‘absorbs’ latex paint so it won’t bleed under. Apply the tape in 10 or 12 inch segments to the light color wall, where you want your razor-sharp edge, and use a dry brush to adhere it into the corner.
Fourth – Using the light color paint: paint over the tape (make sure you leave the tape edge furthest from the dark colored wall un-painted, so you can peel it off easily later), into the corner, and a little onto the darker wall.
Fun Science: What you’re doing is sealing the edge of the tape with the light color paint – the same color as underneath it – so that none of the dark paint you’ll apply later can seep under! Do you see where this is going?
While we wait for this coat of light color to dry, how about another game: Cliff Hangers
Finally – Give the paint about 15-30 minutes to “set” before you carefully peel off the tape by pulling it up, or down; perpendicular to the wall, never at an angle. Take the tape off as soon as possible, so it doesn’t pull off any paint underneath it, and so it doesn’t create a “paint buildup line”. When you pull off the tape: presto! a clean corner, no matter what texture is on your wall.
Notice the sharp corner at the bottom where I’ve removed the tape? That, my friends, is what this hokey-pokey’s been all about.