How To Paint Stripes

Painting crisp stripes on furniture isn’t difficult. It takes a bit of time and patience, but the result can knock you out.

In this tutorial I’ll show how I paint stripes.

Step 1: Paint the entire surface of the drawer in the lighter color. I used 2 to 3 coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White cut with a small amount of water.

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Step 2: Measure out your stripes. I wanted 2-inch stripes so I used two strips of 1-inch painter’s take for one stripe. I had blue tape on hand and that worked fine.

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Step 3: Use a plastic card to smooth down your tape because any gaps can cause unwanted bleeding.Image

Step 4: This may sound counterintuitive, but it works: use that same lighter color once again. This time you are going to paint just over the edges of the painter’s tape and fill in the existing stripe. Yes, I’m painting a white stripe over a white stripe. It will seal the edge abutting the tape and not allow paint to seep through.

White drawer painted blue tape

Step 5: Change your paint color. Now repeat Step 4 using this second color. You are going to paint over the edges of the painter’s tape and fill in the existing stripe — right over the lighter color — with your second color. I laid down four coats of Arles cut with a small amount of water.

white drawer second color added

Step 6: Take off the tape while your final coat of the second color is wet. I painted two stripes with Arles, paused, and pulled of the tape to reveal one Old White stripe. Then I moved on to paint another Arles stripe and removed the tape from Old White. You’ll create beautiful sharp, crisp lines.

Striped drawer

Hope this tutorial helps.

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