How to Paint Stripes

Hey there, Crys’Dawna here!

Do you want to add a little flair to your furniture? Painting stripes on furniture can add a touch of fun and a touch of class.

I am a huge fan of painting stripes on furniture, I am NOT however, a fan of having to measure and pencil things. For this I am going to show you how you can paint stripes and not measure anything!! For this particular piece the colors used created a “ghost stripe” very subtle, however you can use whatever colors you want.

Materials List:

How To:

The first step is to lay down your base coat. I used Caviar for my base coat on this piece. Again this piece with have “ghost stripes” so I am using two shades of a like color that will create a subtle stripe look.

Once your base coat is dried, you will use your painters tape to tape off and measure where your stripes of the second color (Midnight Sky) will be.

For this method I DO NOT use a ruler or pencil. I used painters tape to help guide my other pieces of tape so I have nice and straight stripes. The first piece of tape will go along one of the side edges.

You will want to rip/cut off three separate pieces of tape as your guiding markers. Put the three pieces right next to the first piece of tape. Top, middle, and bottom to ensure your next long piece of tape is straight.

Note: there is a slight space on this piece because there was a small groove, normally your piece won’t have one and you will butt it right up against the first piece of tape. Continue this process down the entire side of your furniture.

Once your tape is all in place, makes sure you burnish (run your hands along it) one last time. Therefore, you will not have any paint seepage under your tape.

You will want to paint the areas that are not covered in tape.

I removed my tape while it is still wet because I do not want it to dry and run the risk of getting stuck and pulling paint. Learn more about this painted piece and technique on Crys’Dawna’s blog here!

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  1. Delna Antia says:

    Hi from NZ Cry’s
    Love your work ! I am taping of too but every time I remove the tape the paint gets peeled off. I let the paint dry for 2 days . Any suggestions?


    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Delna! We suggest removing the tape while the paint is wet. This will prevent the paint from peeling. 🙂

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