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How to Transform a Room for Under $50

Take a weekend. Add $50. And you can transform a hallway or room in your home on a budget.

Gray and white vertical striped entryway with white door.

Needed Materials

  • White entryway area with white door and hardwood floor

    Paint your base

    Paint your base color for the stripes It’s a good idea to paint the lighter color first. It’s easier to paint a darker color over a lighter color than the other way around. Use FrogTape® to tape off your baseboards and molding and paint your first coat. We like to use paint with the primer added in because it saves a step or two.

  • Entryway area with white door. There is a yellow ladder and white drop cloth on the ground. There are vertical strips of Green FrogTape Multi-Surface Painter's Tape taped on the walls from the ceiling to the floor.


    Mark off stripes and adhere FrogTape to the wall It’s important to remember that not all stripes are created equal. You will want to vary the width of your stripes. On our project the white stripes were 6.5″ and our gray stripes were 7″. This creates an optical illusion and gives the stripes depth.

    Application Tip

    You want to remember to tape inside the pencil markings for the white stripes and outside the pencil markings for the gray stripe. A good tip is to add a piece of tape on the stripes you don’t want to paint. Make sure the tape is scored to prevent the paint from seeping through.

  • White entryway door. The wall is taped from ceiling to floor with spaced out Green FrogTape Multi-Surface Painter's Tape. The wall stripes are alternating gray and white.

    Paint your second coat

    Here’s the stripes painted gray. When you pick your darker paint color, always go a shade lighter than you planned. Any paint against a white stripe will appear darker.

  • Farm is spelled out in wooden letters descending vertically on a gray and white striped wall


    As soon as you apply the second coat, remove the FrogTape immediately.

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