Know something I love?  People sharing great products with each other.

To me, a product is worth talking about if it’s an off-brand that delivers just as well as a name-brand, or a name-brand that is so excellent, it’s worth shelling out a few extra dollars.

FrogTape is worth the extra dollar or two.

The short version product review:

FrogTape is a magical painting must-have.  At under $5 a roll, it completely blocks out paint where you don’t want it.  Painting can be a long, tedious process–I highly suggest FrogTape to ease some of your painting stress!  (And no one is paying me to say that.)

  • The key to having no paint bleed through the tape is to make sure the tape is pressed down very well.
  • I’ve seen FrogTape at Walmart and home improvement stores.
  • Use FrogTape, submit a review of the product, and be entered to win a $100 Visa giftcard during the current promotion on the FrogTape website.

{how to paint wall stripes: tutorial}

I have used FrogTape in the past to help create clean, crisp lines where two walls meet in the corner of a room or at the baseboards of a wall.  I seriously doubt I’ll ever try another brand of painters tape.

Recently my husband and I moved to a new apartment.  The apartment is great in a handful of ways that we’re thankful for, but it definitely has that just-yer-average-apartment feel.

Character equals zero.

The color pallet is off-white and more off-white.

The window blinds are exactly the same ones I’ve seen in every apartment ever.

My first thought:  can’t stand this.

Second thought:  blank canvas.  Bring it!

Our entry way that used to look like this…

got a little face-lift, ladies and gents.


 

There is one stripe that changes color and then swings around to cover a wall of our living room, like so.

The swing-around stripe is my husband’s favorite part, and something about it does look kind of math-ey and statistical (and therefore something he would like).  Reminds me of a bar chart maybe?  I don’t really know.  :)  But we both like it.  yay!

So this is what the stripe looks like in our living room before hanging any decor on the walls:

To get the striped look, be prepared for some measuring, and lots of eye-balling if your ceiling isn’t straight.  I measured by leaving small hash marks on the wall with a pencil that were then painted over or erased.  The Frogtape I bought was one inch wide.  Remember to factor in that one inch when you’re doing your measurment calculations.

I was truly surprised how quickly the process went.  And really–you don’t use that much paint if you’re only using one color.

In the picture below, you’ll see how I’d press the tape down lightly, let the roll hang, and then step back and see if it looked level from a distance.  If it didn’t, I’d lift the line of tape and readjust.  If it did, I’d press the tape down very well and continue with another foot or so of tape.

Look at that clean, crisp line!  And it’s so SO easy.  Shortly after painting, gently remove at an angle as pictured below.

But c’mon, what’s a great looking living room without great people to share it with?

I’m a little nervous but really excited to tell you something:  during the month of September, I’m going to give you a home tour of our one-bedroom apartment.  I hope you’ll find inspiration in some of the simple {like seriously, really simple} and truly inexpensive {we’re talking garage sale and free!} ideas I’ve incorporated into our home to make it a place we love coming home to.

Talk to you soon!

♥  stacy

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