Another week has passed, which means it’s time to talk furniture! Today’s Before & After Basics is all about using tape to create custom designs on furniture. I am super excited about how this piece turned out, and even though I used a very simple technique, there are many ways that you can add to or expand on this idea. I have seen tons of amazing creations out there, so experiment and have fun creating! —
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- painter’s tape (get the good stuff! no scrimping)
- paint brush and roller
- paint tray
- craft knife
1. Determine a design plan and then apply the painter’s tape to the piece. Really press the tape on firmly to ensure that all of the edges are secure. This will keep paint from seeping underneath any loose edges.
2. Use the razor blade to cut off the tape at the drawer stopping points and wherever else you need a clean, protected edge. I find it easier to apply tape the whole way down with the drawers in and then use the blade to cut the tape at key points.
3. Once you are sure that everything is in place and secure, start applying the paint. I used a roller on this piece, and it is very similar to applying paint to a stencil. Make sure you don’t have a ton of paint on the roller — too much paint will gather around the tape edge, and will not leave a clean edge when you pull it off. Not good!
4. Apply two to three coats of paint in thin layers. Once the paint is pretty dry, remove the tape. (For this particular piece, I did not wait until the paint was completely dry.) Be sure to remove the tap gingerly! Keep the tape tight and straight and don’t pull one way or the other, as this will cause uneven strain on any given point.
5. After removing all the tape, you’re ready to apply the finish! But, if any of the tape did not peel away evenly, you can go back in with an angled brush and touch up those problem areas :)
6. Apply the finish. I chose stain in this case (imagine that!). Once the finish is dry, apply the hardware.
Happy painting! See you next week.