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Project by BillyJ posted 06-22-2012 at 10:37 AM 3324 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I’ve painted rooms with stripes, I never looked forward to doing another. It usually takes a long time to measure, make sure everything is lined up, plum, and straight. I was watching one of the DIY network shows and the host used a tool that I thought – man, this would really save some time. It’s called, U-Stripe It (http://www.ustripeit.com/).

Sure enough, it works better then expected.

With the end of the school year, I have several weeks left to get some things done before I take my break. One of the projects on the list was to fix-up the Student Lounge. I decided to paint a zig-zag pattern using tone on tone stripes. Hey, if I’m going to do something, better go all the way – right? The web site has a plethora of instructional videos showing you exactly how to paint almost anything you can dream of using this tool.

This project took me no time whatsoever.

Of course I began with a flat enamel latex and started my pattern at the top-right wall. Using the same technique that is demonstrated in the videos, it took almost no time. Actually, it would have been done in under an hour had I not had to work around raceways, pipes, and wall reliefs.

All in all – this is my favorite painting tool (besides my sprayer). It allows one person to stripe a wall in a matter of minutes. Everything is clearly marked with size measurements, allowing for adjustment of the stripe size. The two levels help you make sure everything is plumb and square. If you want to add another dimension to your painting portfolio, you need to pick up one of these tools.

I’m currently working on building a counter for students to use their laptops. Pictures to follow.

It was finished before school began, but finally got around to taking this final shot today. It’s done (for now).

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.



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BillyJ

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sandhill

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posted 06-22-2012 at 01:20 PM

That’s really cool.

-- Just another day in paradise

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 06-27-2012 at 01:12 PM

Well done Billy. It’s hard to believe you got all that taping done in an hour. I would have drawn the line and started the very tedious painting job. I can never get the tape just right. I always end up with a seep.

I really appreciate the lead on the taping tool.

Mark

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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GaryL

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posted 07-01-2012 at 10:06 AM

That’s a pretty slick gizmo. Nice to see that a product actually works like they say.
I have to admit I have never painted any stripes. I’ve covered up a few, but never applied any. I guess it’s something that never really caught on around here.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 07-28-2012 at 09:26 PM

Ahh – I see a trick there. Small pieces of tape marking where you don’t want the paint. I’m exactly the kind of person who would paint the wrong stripe. Now I know a trick!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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BillyJ

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posted 07-29-2012 at 08:03 PM

Mark, I would forget my name if it were not for my name tag. I even had it stitched up-side-down so I can read it. I need every bit of help I can get, and extra pieces of tape go a long way in making sure I don’t make major errors.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 07-29-2012 at 08:24 PM

Billy, another fine trick! You got me to thinking. Put another name tag label on that is backwards! That way it will look correct when you look in the mirror.

Whoa…. I think I blew a fuse. I’ll have to wait Till October to have an another awesome idea like that. ;)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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