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How to Create Perfect Stripes

Stripes. They can be a major source of frustration to paint onto furniture. You take the time to lay out your tape strips, carefully position them to your liking, only to remove the tape and have jagged edges and uneven spacing. It has happened to the best of us!

With lots of practice, adding stripes to furniture has become fun for me. I am no longer burdened with foreboding, dreading peeling back the tape, anticipating lots and lots of touch up work. These days I peel back with confidence knowing I will have crisp, clean lines EVERY SINGLE TIME. Want to know how? Follow along!


(Note: I am using Frog Tape)

Starting with the edges, I am carefully masking the corners so that my stripe area is contained. Notice the precisely cut lead of the tape. Using scissors, I cut a straight edge. This step may seem OCD, but dealing with a straight edge rather than a torn strip makes placement 1000% easier.

Don't tear the tape - Use scissors!

Now that my edges are complete, I can move on to placing the actual stripe guides onto my piece!

Start with a tape strip directly down the center of your striping area. It is best to start in the center and work your way out to the sides rather than from the outside in. This will provide even distribution of your stripes and avoid irregularities. Before moving forward, make sure your tape is secure in place.

Next, unless you like to measure your spacing (I'll pass), place another strip of tape right along side your first strip.

Tip: Many painter's tape lines offer a variety of widths for thinner or thicker stripes!

Add another strip along side the previous strip. Try to be as precise as possible as you line up your guides.

Remove the middle strip and voilร ! We have our first stripe guide!

Repeat the process, working your way out until the area is complete. I reuse the same strip of tape I used for spacing as to not be wasteful.

It's almost time to paint! This next step is very important if you want clean lines.


If you've made it to this point, you're almost home! As tempting as it may be to skip this next step, don't.

Using the same color as the base, put a coat on your striping area. I am using Dixie Belle Cotton (bright white).

Why, you ask? I'm glad you did! Adding another layer of the base coat onto your stripe guides will seal any pockets in your tape and produce crisp lines. Be sure to let this coat dry before moving on to your actual stripe color.

Tip: In lieu of using your base color, you can also use sealant such as polycrylic. Use shellac or Dixie Belle's Boss (in Clear) if you are striping onto wood. This method also works for stenciling!

Finally, the moment has arrived. Let's add our color! For this I am using Dixie Belle Caviar (black).

I applied a total of two coats.


There is something so richly satisfying about removing the tape and revealing your stripes. Truly, this is the stuff worth living for.

Living. My. Best. Life. ๐Ÿ˜

It is worth noting I waited just long enough to wash my paint brush before removing the tape. I am careful to remove in reverse order in which the strips were placed. When removing the tape, be intentional. You don't want the lose control of the tape and get wet paint on an area you weren't intending.

And that's it! A simple, measure/worry/stress free way of adding stripes to your furniture.

These nightstands aren't done yet, as I have many more details to add. I will be sure to update this blog with the finished image when I am done.

If this blog helped you, click here to order your Dixie Belle paints through my affiliate link! Same prices but supports this artist. โค๏ธ

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