HERE’S HOW TO PAINT PERFECT STRIPES ON YOUR FURNITURE. TIPS ON HOW TO GET CRISP CLEAN LINES WITH NO BLEED THROUGH EVERY TIME!
Hi, sweet #sifamily! It’s that time of the year again – Christmas Washstand Makeover time! If you’re new here, this curb shopped washstand has been getting a Christmas makeover for the last four (4) years. It has become a holiday tradition here on the SI Blog! It’s fun to see how many unique looks we can give this piece using a little paint and different painting techniques.
This year I went whimsical with painted stripes so I’m sharing How To Paint PERFECT STRIPES without bleedthrough. These six (6+) easy tips gave me perfectly crisp-clean painted stripes for such a striking vibrant look!
It’s also Trash To Treasure Tuesday – one of my favorite days of the month! I’m joining my furniture painting besties and linking to their makeovers below… so be sure to check them out.
But first, here’s the salvaged curb-shopped washstand in its original ‘before’ state.
The great thing about vintage furniture is its durability and versatility. This washstand will probably be up to another umpteen makeovers before it retires.
Here’s last year’s 2020 makeover. I’ve included the rest of the looks in the “Related Posts” below but I want to share this one so you have an idea of what I was painting over this year… soooo cute, right?!
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Curbshopped Washstand – SALVAGED
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
1″ Painters Tape
Flat Clear Coat
Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint
Honky Tonk Red Chalk Mineral Paint
Peony Chalk Mineral Paint
Golden Gem Gemstone Mousse
CHRISTMAS WASHSTAND MAKEOVER 2021
I didn’t bother cleaning it because it’s been wrapped and protected all year so I started by giving this washstand an overall scuff sanding. I used my Dewalt Orbital Sander with 150 grit sandpaper. If you missed my post on how to sand in your home – DUST-FREE for Under $15 you can see it here!
CREATE A CUSTOM COLOR
To create a vibrant custom color, I tried using Dixie Belle’s new Color Lab. This online color mixer is such a great idea! Now we can see what mixing our leftover paints will actually LOOK LIKE before we haul out all our paint and play colorology mixing and matching. This will work great for my leftover paints but also to color match something online I’d like to replicate!
If you are interested, in the new year I can create a post or Youtube video on how I used this app and we can learn and explore it together. Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in in the comments.
Once I picked my colors, I painted the BASE of the striped areas in this Buttercream.
I probably should have primed first because it took three generous coats to cover the stencil design and the previous blue.
TIP – CRIPS LINES W/O MASKING
To paint nice crips edges between the Buttercream and custom red, I painted at a 10-15• angle. Applying the paint horizontally would have resulted in a big mess (red in my white) so I angle the brush and apply the paint vertically. Then once it’s on, I brush very lightly horizontally to smooth out any brush strokes. This gives me nice crips edges between the colors!
HOW TO PAINT STRIPES
Here’s how I painted my stripes onto this washstand.
I measured the center of my piece and added my first strip of painter’s tape right down the middle as seen below.
To get perfectly straight lines, you don’t have to keep measuring. Just keep applying strips of tape butted right against each other until you reach the edge of your piece. This is a quick and easy way to create perfectly straight stripes without measuring.
Once I lined up all my painter’s tape, I removed EVERY OTHER piece to create my striping pattern. Remember, where the tape remains will be your base color. Where the tape is removed will be your painted stripe color.
Pro Tip – Use the painter’s tape roll to help adhere the tape 100% as seen here.
SEAL THE EDGES TO PREVENT BLEED-THROUGH!
The worst thing is messy stripes and this WILL happen if you don’t seal the edges of your painter’s tape first! An easy way to seal is to use a clear coat OR your base color. For this washstand, I used this Flat Clear Coat but I could have used this Buttercream (my base coat) as well.
Here’s what the washstand looked like all masked off with the clear coat masking the edges of the tape. Now it’s ready for holiday striping!
Once my clear coat had dried, I painted the stripes in my cheery holiday red custom color. I used two coats to get good coverage.
ProTip – When painting your stripes, it’s always easier to start with your lighter paint color and end with your darkest paint color!
REMOVE PAINTER’S TAPE
Once my two coats were painted, I removed all the painter’s tape for the big reveal! I still ended up with a few imperfections where I didn’t adhere the painter’s tape 100%, but overall I’m SUPER happy with how crisp these stripes turned out!!!
For the last details on this piece, I used this Gold Gemstone Mousse to highlight the wheels and hardware knobs. So charming and cute!
6 TIPS FOR THE PERFECT CLEAN STRIPES
- Use painter’s tape to create perfectly straight stripes
- Make sure the painter’s tape is adhered 100%
- Start with a lighter base color and work up to your darker color
- Use 2-3 coats to paint your stripes for full coverage
- Seal the edges of the tape with your base color or clear coat before painting your stripes
- Use an artist brush for any touch-ups if necessary
And here’s the new Holiday Look for 2021!
I’m really happy with this festive look… what do you think?
And I can’t leave you without a few close-ups of these stripes!
I don’t paint stripes on my furniture makeovers too often but I love this piece so much. I hope it’s encouraged you to give it a try because believe me if I can do it – YOU can do it!
AND NOW FOR SOME TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of T2T ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
5. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this Christmas Washstand before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
I’ll be back this Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper Crew for my VERY last post of 2021. I can’t believe this year has flown by so quickly and I feel so blessed to have shared it with all of YOU!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS 4TH HOLIDAY MAKEOVER. I’D LOVE TO KNOW WHICH VERSION YOU LIKE BEST SO I’VE POSTED THE PRIOR YEARS IN THE “RELATED POSTS” BELOW! FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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