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How To Paint Perfect Stripes On Painted Furniture Projects

Stripes are timeless and classy and can add style wherever they go.  Stripes can turn a boring, run-of-the-mill dresser into a show-stopping accent to complement your home's design.  There is the on-trend farmhouse style stripe...

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And the always classy French country stripe...

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Nautical is making an appearance lately...

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Whether you like Victorian style...

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or you are decorating a room and need some racing stripes...

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or patriotic Americana...

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Some stripes can fit in with several different styles...

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Whether you are painting an old worn dresser, an Ikea item or your very own masterpiece; we have the perfect way to paint perfectly straight, smooth stripes.

 

You will need:  

  • paint
  • painter's tape (we like Frog Tape the best)
  • measuring tape
  • T-square**
  • level**
  • chalk line**

**optional supplies (nice to have) 

When stripes look bad it is usually because they are crooked, they have bled or they are poorly placed.  The poor placement of stripes is a subjective thing.  I might think stripes look amazing where I chose to place them while the next person may think they look awkward.  After you have stripes taped off, back up and try to visualize the stripes...do this after each step so you have less to redo if you decide part way through that they are in the wrong place.  

To keep your stripes straight and smooth you just need the right tools, an extra coat of paint and some patience.  You need to measure.  A lot.  A lot a lot.  I like to use a measuring tape and a t-square and sometimes even a chalk line.  

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The best painter's tape I have found is Frog Tape.  It is a little more expensive and not all of you will listen to me and spend the extra dough to get it.  Or you already have the other brand in your tool box and you don't want to make a trip to the hardware store.  Part of our process for painting perfect stripes will make up for this.  As great as I think Frog Tape is, I still won't trust a custom paint job with stripes to its ability to keep an edge.

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First decide where you want your stripes and measure that distance from a fixed point on your piece that will be consistent the length of the stripe.  Don't try to measure the stripe from the curved edge of the table top.  You will cry later.  Maybe this means you have to make a line down the center of the piece so you have a fixed line to measure from.  Do it.  

I measure every few inches and make a small mark along where the line will be.  Then I take my t-square and use it to lightly draw a line with a pencil.  **If this is a very large piece you can use a chalk line to snap a line instead of drawing one.  

Tape along all the borders of your stripes taking extra care to press the edges of the tape firmly.  

Paint a coat of your 'base' color (not the color the stripe will be, but the original color) along the edges of the tape.  When you do this it ensures whatever bleeding happens will blend in since it is the same as the base color.  Sneaky...

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Paint your stripes with the stripe color.  If you only need one coat gently pull the tape while the paint is still wet.  If you are going to paint two or more coats, gently pull the tape while the final coat of paint is still wet.  

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You should now have perfect straight stripes with a smooth edge!

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