Striped Loft

I mentioned yesterday that I found some great inspiration that got me motivated for our loft. I saw this picture in Country Living a few weeks ago and fell in love with these bold black and white stripes.

I love the contrast in the strips and the fact that they can really go in many different directions.  Depending on the decor you add to them, they could be modern, vintage, coastal, etc.

I decided to go with navy and white stripes and am going to add fun, green accents to brighten and lighten up the room.  I went with Martha Stewart’s Wrought Iron paint  from Home Depot for the stripes {which is much more navy in person than in this picture}.

I will apologize in advance for the poor picture quality.  I dropped our camera {ah! I know…} and our lens has been sent away for repair so some of the following pictures were taken with our crappy point and shoot.  Here is the before of our blah loft:

And here it is after our bold paint job:

It has a clean, crisp feel and cozies up our loft so much.

Oh, and I should probably address the fact that we have two tvs in there.  Oops.  We have used this room for storage {up until now} and have our two old tvs from our separate apartments living in there now.  Once we get going on this area more, I’ll obviously work out the clutter:)

Here is how we painted the stripes.  Supplies:

  • 2 colors of paint {or just one if you are using your current wall color for a stripe}
  • level {laser if you have two people working} or chalk line
  • yard stick or measuring tape

There are a couple different methods you can use and we actually tried two different ones during this process.  Step one is to figure out the size of your stripe.  Our stripes were 9 1/4″ because that was the closest measurement we could make to come out with even stripes.  Our walls were 93″.

Next, start marking off your stripes.  Here is where you can do whatever way is easiest for  you.  On the first wall, Mike was there to help me so we used a laser level and I drew a line with chalk.  Mike found the level and held it steady while I used a piece of chalk and a yard stick to draw the line evenly.

Mike went golfing yesterday afternoon so I was on my own for the second wall.  I found my starting point by measuring up the wall and marking a dot.  Then I took my yard stick and held a level on top to make a straight line with the chalk.  I did this all the way across the wall.  It was a little more time consuming since I did it by myself but it got the job done.  The third option would be to purchase a chalk line {which we did after the fact} to snap a straight line quickly.  Any of these ways will work fine.

After chalking your line, tape it off.

I am going to try and explain this part the best I can.  See how the lines look unevenly spaced?  Well you have to tape it so that your tape is not inside the space you are painting.  Place your tape above and below your chalk line so the areas that will be painted are not taken up by tape.  Otherwise, your lines will be uneven.  So the larger looking spaces are where I painted the navy and the smaller ones are where the white is.  When you remove the tape, all the stripes are even. See?

The last step was to just paint.  As soon as I painted one stripe, I took off the tape {before it dried}.  This way you have sharp, clean lines and the paint doesn’t peel off with the tape.  It took a little longer than I anticipated but it was well worth the effort.  I am so excited about this space.  Here is what is coming up for this room:

  • recover window seats and pillows
  • paint the back of the built-ins
  • accessorize the built-ins
  • refinish the coffee tables and end tables
  • make some pillows for the couch {recovering the couch will come down the road}

Later this week:  fabric inspiration!


  1. Angela Jones says:

    That is amazing what a difference your stripes make! And even though you make it sound easy it was definitely a huge undertaking. I can’t wait to see the rest of your projects up there! Looking just beautiful so far!!!

  2. Wow! You outdid yourself, girl. This is my favorite project you’ve done. I love that you’re going to paint the back of the bookshelves navy! That will really make them pop! Okay, random questions what baseball field is hanging on your wall? I love baseball!

    • Thanks, Sara! I’m loving the change too. I can’t wait to work on more of it. And the random baseball picture is of Fenway Park in Boston:)

  3. Deana Letko says:

    Yet again…..I am totally impressed, you go girl!!!!!! :-)

  4. We painted stripes last year and I know how much of a paint they can be! You guys did a fabulous job! I’d love if you linked this up to Sew Woodsy.

  5. I love the makeover! I wish I was brave enough to try something this bold…the end product is always beautiful, but I get cold feet.

    Found you on The Shabby Chic Cottage linky party. I would love if you’d stop by my blog when you get a chance!


    • I say go for it, Kristen! It’s only paint:) If you do it and don’t like it, you can always go back over it with something a little less dramatic!

  6. how absolutely fabulous!

  7. Bethany says:

    Beautiful!! I love the bold stripes. Thanks for sharing this project

  8. It looks lovely….I wish I used a chalk line when I did mine for the laundry room but ti was such a small wall, although I’m now tempted to do stripes for a wall in the boys room!
    Simply Creations Link Party #9

  9. It looks beautiful! Nice job!

  10. I love it. It looks great! I was thinking about painting navy stripes in my kids’ room but I got striped duvets. :)

  11. Beautiful! I love horizontal stripes on walls (my bathroom has them!). The navy and white make a big statement! Gorgeous transformation! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade!

  12. Love the stripes!

  13. I’m absolutely admiring your work right now, it’s just perfect! I think I might just borrow your idea of stripes and apply them to my wall! :)



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