Several months ago, I was minding my own business in the painting section at Lowe’s when I almost ran into something in the middle of the aisle. It was one of those cardboard displays that they have every so often featuring an item that they were promoting. I generally ignore those displays since I know what I’m looking for when I go in there, but this one stopped me because it was bright orange.
And because it was for a new type of painters tape kit from FrogTape…made specifically for textured surfaces.
Cue the heavens opening and the angels singing.
As someone who is obsessed with sharp, graphic patterns on my walls, having an entire house of knock down textured walls is the bane of my existence. I think knock down texture is largely a regional thing, so many of you probably don’t experience this. But, painters tape doesn’t properly seal on textured walls due to the raised texture, so the paint bleeds under the tape. In fact, I’ve had to develop my own time consuming system for working with regular painters tape on textured walls. And in all honesty, I don’t normally use FrogTape – neither the green nor the yellow versions. I have always thought that the 3M blue tape worked well (and am actually in love with this Bloc-it tape* that you can only get off of Amazon).
But, they had me at “textured surface, ” so I immediately bought one of the new orange kits. At $14 it wasn’t something cheap to try on a whim, but if it saved me hours of my time the next time I needed to stripe a wall, it was well worth it.
Fast forward to this weekend when I was striping a wall for a friend. She has textured walls, too, and I gave this new paint kit a shot.