coordinated stripes on both wall and dresser
Steps // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls
1 ×

Create a Story Stick

 
Step One // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Create a Story Stick

using a yardstick and painter's tape to create a "story stick"
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Once the base coat is down, measure off and mark on a yardstick the edges of 1- and 3-inch stripes, separated by 2- and 11-inch gaps; to set off the stripes, wrap the stick with short lengths of tape. Label the left and right ends of the stick.

 
2 ×

Mark Out the Pattern

 
Step Two // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Mark Out the Pattern

Mark Powers uses the "story stick" to mark stripe locations
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Place the story stick against the wall horizontally and use light tick marks to indicate the locations of the stripes.

 
3 ×

Mark Out the Stripes

 
Step Three // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Mark Out the Stripes

Mark Powers uses a 4-foot level to draw the stripes' edges
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Use a level as a plumb line to draw the stripes' edges with pencil, as lightly as possible.

 
4 ×

Tape Off the Stripes

 
Step Four // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Tape Off the Stripes

Mark Powers uses painter's tape to prepare to paint the stripes
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Separately, first on the wall and then on the dresser, put down painter's tape along both edges of the stripes to be painted. Let the tape extend at the top and bottom of the wall and dresser for easy removal. Draw arrows on the tape pointing toward the area to be painted.

 
5 ×

Paint the Stripes

 
Step Five // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Paint the Stripes

Mark Powers paints the stripes
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Use a 1-inch paintbrush to fill in the narrow stripes and a small foam roller to paint the wide stripes.

 
6 ×

Roll Lightly

 
Step Six // How to Paint Stripes on a Well-Coordinated Piece of Furniture and Walls

Roll Lightly

Mark Powers paints the stripes on the dresser with a roller
Photo by Andrew McCaul

To discourage bleeding, load the roller lightly, running it over a paper towel to reduce excess. While the paint is still tacky, slowly peel up the tape at an angle. Repair any blips with an artist's brush—and see if this project doesn't make you smile.

 

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