Spring of 2012 (1st Issue) Do it Yourself; Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publication
July 2010 issue of At-Home St. Louis Design Magazine
August 2010 issue of At-Home St. Louis Design Magazine
Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio
Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com
Device simplifies striping
Published: February 10, 2012 - 05:38 PM, By Mary Beth Breckenridge
The U-Stripe It promises to make it easier to paint stripes on a wall or other surface.
The U-Stripe It promises to make it easier to paint stripes on a wall or other surface.
The device consists of a pair of straightedges that can be adjusted to a specific width apart and then locked into place. The straightedges then serve as a guide for positioning painter’s tape without the need for pencil marks.
By adding low-tack tape, you can stick the tool to the wall to free your hands for applying the painter’s tape.
Levels attached to the device help you to keep it plumb for vertical stripes or level for horizontal stripes. The gadget can also be used for creating circles and other geometric shapes.
The U-Stripe It can be ordered for $27.95 at www.ustripeit.com. Shipping is free.
DIY: How To Paint Stripes and Product Review of U-Stripe It,
February 21, 2012, by: Jenna, Interior Deigner and Writer of NY based Interior Design Firm and Decor Blo, SAS Interiors.
Not too long ago I wrote an article for Build Direct on adding stripes into your decor. Ever since, I’ve had the longing urge to add stripes SOMEPLACE in my home. I recently made some new pillows for my family room and chose a fabric with stripes, but that wasn’t enough. I truly envisioned making a bold statement, but just wasn’t sure where. Until…
…I decided to makeover my son’s room which was a home goal of mine for 2012. It was the perfect spot to make dramatic focal wall with STRIPES! using the U-Stripe It and Design Tool.
to read the article go to: http://www.sasinteriors.net/2012/02/diy-how-to-paint-stripes-and-product-review-of-u-stripe-it/.
August 2010 issue of Paint & Decorating Retailer (PDRA) "Hot New Products-Adding Sizzle to Your Stores!"
Fauxology.com-Blog by Regina Garay; designer
Posted by Regina in DIY,
Finishes & Surfaces, Industry Products on July 8th,
2010 | no responses >
I’ve been seeing a few new products in the
market and although I have not tried all of them, most look intriguing.
One of these is U-Stripe
It & Design, a tool created
to help make vertical and horizontal striping easier. It
can also be used to create diagonal designs and grids — or whatever you can
dream up. It retails for $34.95 (domestic) and here is what it looks
…and here is how it works…
Apparently, the plastic is stretched out
to your pre-determined width, placed against the wall and then you add your
tape line. That looks like it would save a good amount of time — and make
striping a great option for a DIYer
or a more affordable option for those
that want a professional to take care of it. Phil
Menendez, owner of U-Stripe It & Design, provided much information for me
and if his response time is any indication, their customer service is
superb. [Sometimes when I try to get information for Fauxology readers,
companies never call me back. I don't understand it.] Some areas
created with the U-Stripe It & Design:
Mr. Menendez’ story is great — you can
read how he took his father’s invention to new heights in the July
2010 issue of St. Louis
At Home magazine. At the recent Hardware Show
in Las Vegas, U-Stripe It & Design was one of ten companies chosen to be profiled on their
network’s Cool Tools show. You can follow them on Twitter
or check out their Facebook page. I’m looking forward to testing
the tool. Let me know what you think of the possibilities — or your
results, if you have used it. Until tomorrow!
From the Squid Team-2010-DIY Tools For DIY-ers
"I placed the U-Stripe It & Design Tool at the top
of this Top 10 list." (http://www.squidoo.com/top-10-tools-for-do-it-yourself-projects)
Are you a DIY-er? Do you
take pride in fixing or remodeling things in your home? Do you find
yourself offering to help your friends with projects in their home?
Perhaps you've just become fed up with the shoddy work that some of the
professionals have been doing for you lately. Believe me, you're not
alone. Tons of home owners are finding themselves becoming members of
the Do It Yourself community.
The Do It Yourself community consists of several types. Some home owners
have been severely burned by professionals they've hired to do
painting, repairs, or remodeling in their homes, and lost patience with
waiting to find one that actually does quality work. Others, are simply
thrifty and want to save money on the work. The last of you, just do
better work than most professionals and take pride in improving their
home. All in all, the DIY community is growing each and every year, which means that the demand for quality tools are also in higher demand.
Finding the right tool is just like finding your favorite restaurant,
you usually end up wasting your time and money on some real duds before
you find the one that's right for you. However, we are going to try to
make this journey a little less painful. We're going to give you some of
the top tools that you can use to repair or remodel your home, that are
of the highest value - both in product quality, price, as well as
usefulness or versatility. If you don't find what you're looking for in
this list, at least it will show you how you should be thinking when
you're evaluating a tool for purchase. Remember, tools are meant to be
bought, used, re-used, and re-used again and again.
1) The U-Stripe It & Design tool
is a truly innovative and amazing product, that can help DIY'ers and
professionals alike. This incredible tool allows you to create perfect
stripes, and other designs, with perfect symmetry and measurement. No
more crooked stripes because you didn't lay your tape down perfectly,
and no more stripes of varying widths. With this tool, your stripes can
be perfectly equal, or will be perfectly varied in width by design. The
U-Stripe It & Design tool was conceptualized, engineered, and
finally patented by a professional painter with over 30 years of
experience in the industry. His goal, to create a tool that will allow
him to take a job which normally takes 4 - 8 hours of pain-staking
measurements, nailing into walls, laying painter's tape using guide
strings, and then patching up the nail holes in the wall before he can
even begin painting, and turn it into a 1 - 2 hour job with only one
tool! His success is now your success... Right now, they are even
offering a free roll of their painter's tape with each
order, while supplies last.
Who knows, you just might like it.
The U-Stripe It & Design Tool Get's Introduced to Tim Ezell on the FOX2 Morning Show by Phill!
Shop talk, By the Carrell's "Super Handyman" the Daily Herald 11-11-10
stripes on your walls is difficult, but the U-Stripe It & Design
Tool is a crazy gadget that makes it easy. The tool eliminates the need
for measuring and marking walls, using levels, straightedges and all the
rest of the stuff you would normally need to haul in to do this job.
This one tool is all you need. Once you set it up for your design, you
can easily tape off the stripes in a fraction of the time. Paint is much
less expensive than wallpaper, and this tool costs very little, too.
Check it out at www.ustripeit.com, and watch the video to see how easy it is to use.
to Al and Kelly Carrell in care of the Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280,
Arlington Heights, IL 60006 or visit the Carrells’ website at thesuperhandyman.com.
St. Louis Business Journal-November 2010 Issue
to Paint Stripes on a Wall in Three Easy Steps, by Cheryl Dangel Cullen-Chicago
Home Improvement Examiner; (http://www.examiner.com/home-improvement-in-chicago/how-to-paint-stripes-on-a-wall-three-easy-steps)
Yes, painted stripes look great, but few do-it-yourselfers are foolish
enough to think they are easy to do. Yet, despite this the lure of painted
stripes is unmistakable. Painted stripes have a transformative power. Wide,
colorful stripes add a bit of whimsy to a room, while narrow, more muted lines
exude certain sophistication. Yet when it comes to actually painting stripes,
the precision work can often be tedious and time-consuming.
Now there is a new took that makes painting stripes easier. The tool is
called the U-Stripe It & Design tool.
The U-Stripe It & Design tool makes
these jobs simpler and ensures even lines by combining the qualities of a chalk
line, tape measure and level into one handheld tool.
If you want to give the U-Stripe It
Paint & Design tool a try, there's no need to run to every home center
or hardware store in Chicago. For
the time being, it is currently only available online here for $34.95.
Elite Decor Furniture Elements for Every Single Room Painting Stripes Made
Easy With U-Stripe-It & Design
Posted on October 10 2010 by
Edward Greenhalgh; (http://www.elitedecoracion.com/home-design-tips/painting-stripes-made-easy-with-u-stripe-it-design)
stripes have a transformative power. Wide, colorful stripes add a bit of whimsy
to a room, while narrow, more muted lines exude a certain sophistication. Yet
when it comes to actually painting stripes, the precision work can often be
tedious and time-consuming. Enter the U-Stripe-It & Design tool!
Created by “a professional painter with thirty years of experience,”
according to the company, the U-Stripe-It & Design tool allows homeowners
to “create intricate designs that once took days to complete, in half a day or
Combined with painter’s tape, the U-Stripe-It & Design tool is all you
need to create a variety of stripes and designs. Stripes can be taped off using
three steps, which require less of a time commitment than manually measuring,
leveling and taping your striped design.
The U-Stripe-It & Design will set you back $34.95 and can be ordered
directly from the website.
Are you inclined to order a tool like the U-Stripe-It & Design? Be sure
to send us pictures of your striped rooms – we’d love to see them!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011-
3 Princes and a Princes 2
OK I really hate to sound like a broken
record but as most of you that have been following me know, we bought are home
a little over a year ago now and have been making improvements one step at a
time. Now I have to admit I'm not handy, I'm not a painter, crafty, artsy,
etc...I do like to decorate though if that counts...lol
With four kids and a more then full time job
it doesn't leave a lot of time for my husband to complete these projects. It
took almost two months after we bought the paint for the house, for him to
complete the living room, den and dining areas. So I tried to be a help and
paint the bedrooms. I didn't do bad, I didn't do great, but they are livable. I
really wanted to do something creative in my daughter’s room. I wanted her room
pink and purple and even bought both colors. Last minute I chickened out and
went with all pink and some decals because I just new I would mess
Well last week I was introduced to this
pretty cool tool called U-Stripe It.
U-Stripe it is a new painting tool, invented by the companies
CEO Phil Menendez's father. (Have to add Phil has been a pleasure to work
This tool allows the
DIY/Moms to paint stripes and/or other designs on their walls without using
math, pencil marks, plum lines, chalk lines and/or laser/construction levels.
All you need when using this tool is the U-Stripe It & Design Tool and
delicate painters tape. Using this tool also cuts your time in half.
I say Phil Menendez was
great to work with because with his words of encouragement and his Father's
wonderful Mom friendly tool, I was able to bust out the purple paint that has
been sitting in my garage...and get CREATIVE!
Now don't get me wrong I
didn't start off by trying something crazy. I went with simple vertical
stripes. Also I should mention when I say I started off simple, I mean that. I
did only three at first as a "test" run because I was still sure I
would mess up something. And figure painting over half a wall would be easier
then the whole room.
I was impressed with how quick and easy it
was for me and my "three stripes" worked out perfect and gave me the
courage to continue. The tool was simple to use. Just set it to the line/stripe
width you want to create, tighten the wing nuts so it stays in position,
position on the wall, check the attached level and place your paint tape along
My wonderful daughter
pulled apart my adhesive tape so to make it a little easy I put push pins in
the holes to hold the tool in place. This also gave me a marked to move it
down to the next spot on the wall.
Here are my before and afters.. It's not yet complete
but I think for me I did a great job. I can't wait to finish the rest. And best
of all my daughters loves it!
Frugal Family Fun, Fun blog for family activities, by Lisa Moore Gee-
is finally arriving! At least it is in my neck of the woods! That means
time to clean up the house and fix it all up! One fun project to tackle
is painting! And one thing I like to do is adding stripes! They give
your walls dimension and looks so nice! But it can be really difficult
to get them straight and even. That is why I love the U Stripe It design tool!
The U Stripe Design tool is
only $27.95 and right now you can get a free roll of painters tape when
you buy it! This a great deal for the tool because you can use and
reuse it so many times! The tool was created by John Menendez, a painter
for the last 30 years. He used it on his jobs, and when others saw it,
they thought it would be easy for anyone to use and convinced him to
market the product. This turned the work of the professional look of
stripes into a job for the average person! His son Phillip Menendez is
the distributor for the tool.
|Phillip Mendez with the UStripe It tool
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Posted by Andrea; Momma
in Flip Flops2
U-Stripe it & Design Tool Giveaway
My husband and I are in the process of several home painting
projects. While we really enjoy picking out colors and design, doing the actual
work can be a bit of a bear. Through our home projects one of the things that
we've noticed goes a long ways towards making a room look classy is crisp and
clean paint lines. It sounds easy when you are at the store picking out the
brushes, rollers and tape but doing the actual work is another story,
especially with a one year old running around. The U-Stripe it & Design
Tool is the perfect tool to help your next project look professional and
save a ton of time. Its simple design makes it really easy to use but you will
be amazed at how creative you can get painting stripes, plaids, chevrons and
other designs. We've always loved painted stripes which can give the look of
expensive wall-paper but found that taping off the walls was much too time
consuming especially when you come to realize that you put the tape on crooked.
With the U-Stripe it and Design Tool
you can get the job down much quicker without the worry that your stripes are
not evenly spaced or straight on the wall. We think you'll really enjoy using
this tool and we are looking forward to getting really creative with it on our
own walls. This tool was named one of the Top 20 Cool Tools of 2010 by the DIY
April 25, 2010 - "Life's Little Lessons that Make you Smile" by Amy Kronstedt, grinningcheektocheeck.com
We started with the base wall being cream. We measured out I believe
8” for the light blue stripe; then 6” for the dark blue stripe; and 10”
for the dark brown stripe. Then we kept the cream in there as some of
the tape lines – because we didn’t want to leave cream out, but didn’t
want an abundance of cream. The
tricky part here was that we decided after painting the dark blue
stripes and letting it dry, that we would move the tape over so we could
have the brown cover the entire middle between the two dark blue
stripes without showing space. Which worked for us, but was a whole
All in all – with 4 children under 3 in the house; it took us about 3
hours to tape the wall and paint the dark blue; then my friend had to
go; and it took me about 4 hours to finish painting and re-taping the
dark blue on my own (with two kids in the house). So really not so bad!
have to say at first; I didn’t LOVE it. I didn’t hate it – but I’m a
very visual person and I need to SEE something complete before I know
what my thoughts are… Just ask my website designer…
So I wanted to get the decorations all complete before I showed you.
The painting was done at the end of February, and it took until this
week before I finally got my act together with making another curtain
sham (I already had one, but it was too small) and I had to buy frames,
and paint shelves, and buy and paint letters – and just get it done.
It’s still not TOTALLY complete; but I’m much happier with how it is now vs. how it was two weeks ago.
might notice that none of the picture frames have anything in them
yet. I have printed some photos to go in them; but still have to
install them. I have a matte for the picture on the wall above the crib;
but the frame wont close with the matte; so I might need a new frame.
I also have a cute train that will sit on the shelf above the crib (as soon as it comes out of whatever box it is in!).
So The U-Stripe It & Design tool works really great. Much better
than all the measurements that you see on HGTV when they’re trying to do
stripes. This is much easier. If we would have done basic two tone
stripes where one of the colors was crème; I would have been done in
less than 3 hours for sure (with 4 toddlers/babies in the house).
Painting hexigons on your wall, very easy to do.
I Don't Know How She Does It. Written by Interior Designer Gloribell Lebron @ www.knowhowshedoesit.com
The one that had me at hello was the hexagonal one (second from left to right). For me this form is a circle wanting to be squared. The first thing I did was a digital drawing as a reference to help me discover the angle at which the diagonal lines needed to be (60 degrees).
The materials are very simple: ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, 60 degree set square, U-Stripe It tool, tape measure.
Now that I knew the angle, I use a 60 degree set square to draw the first line. After this, the rest was easier to do with the U-Stripe It tool. I only had to make sure that the distance between each line was the same from side to side and then from top to bottom.
Step 1 Start with the diagonal lines after deciding on the degree of the angle.
Step 2 Continue with the other side of the diagonal lines
See how nice the tool assisted me on the task.
Step 3 It’s starting to look like diamonds.
Step 4 The end result are stars.
Step 3 Just paint the hexagonal part of the stars like on the second picture above.
The U-Stripe It comes with a level which makes the task very smooth and it is easy to lock in place after you decided the width of the lines you want to paint. Here is the resulting painted wall. I really loved the outcome. It took me no more than an hour or so to make these lines. This tool made my hexagonal design a breeze.
One of the great transformations I will be talking about in a latter post is lightning. As you can see in this photo, the illumination of this area is very poor and everything ends looking yellow. To read this entire article you are please visit: http://knowhowshedoesit.com/post/18559336351/today-is-my-day-number-1-on-my-kind-of-a.
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