Here’s a quick tutorial on one way to paint stripes onto the top of your furniture piece.stripes5

Here’s a quick tutorial on one way to paint stripes onto the top of your furniture piece. With this piece, I started by painting it “Fog”, Pittsburgh Paint, Manor Hall in a pearl finish.

For the stripes, I wanted them to be a dark metallic gray.  So, I went with the Martha Stewart’s Quayside paint.  I already had some, so that worked.

Tape – I started by using painters tape and laying it down across the top.  I started from the back and layed it across, even with the back of the nightstand.  I just eyeballed the distance apart.  With only 2-3 inches apart, it was easy to get it straight.  I spaced each strip apart and made sure the front strip was even with the front of the piece.  I pressed them down tight so that paint wouldn’t get underneath the strips.

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Roll Paint – Then, I rolled the stripes with my paint color.  I had to go over it a couple of times to get a thick enough coat.  As you can see from the pictures, I also painted the front face of the drawers the same color.

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Remove– Remove the tape strips after the paint has started to dry.  I don’t like to wait until it’s fully dry because I’m afraid of causing the tape to peel the paint off unevenly.

Done!  This whole stripes process should only take about 20 minutes.  That’s how long it took me!

 Hint:  Keep a wet washcloth with you to wipe up mistakes or paint drops in the wrong spots while the paint is still wet and easy to wipe off.