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How to Makeover a Chair With Stripes

Paint some personality on a plain chair in a few easy steps

chair with painted stripes
Photo by Alun Callender/IPC+ Syndication

A nondescript piece of furniture can boast one-of-a-kind style, thanks to strategically painted stripes. For design inspiration, simply look around the room: The decorative bands can match your walls or pick up a complementary color. On this chair, a shade of sage green (Benjamin Moore's Spring Valley) echoes the palette of the striped tablecloth. Get the lined look with these easy steps.


Steps // How to Makeover a Chair With Stripes
1 ×

Trace a Design

 
Step One // How to Makeover a Chair With Stripes

Trace a Design

placing tape as stencil on chair, painting stripes on chair
Photo by Alun Callender/IPC+ Syndication

Draw your design on the chair with a watercolor pencil; its soft tip won't dent the wood. Then tape off the lines with painter's tape that resists bleeding.

 
2 ×

Paint on Stripes

 
Step Two // How to Makeover a Chair With Stripes

Paint on Stripes

use artist's stencil brush to paint on stripes, painting stripes on chair
Photo by Alun Callender/IPC+ Syndication

Paint stripes with a large artist's brush or a small foam brush, smoothing your strokes as you go along.

 
3 ×

Remove The Tape

 
Step Three // How to Makeover a Chair With Stripes

Remove The Tape

peel off tape to reveal painted stripes, painting stripes on chair
Photo by Alun Callender/IPC+ Syndication

Gently pull off the tape before the paint is completely dry. You've just customized a chair and added color and pattern for less than the cost of a cushion.

 
 
 

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