Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seeing Stripes!

My newest victim got a nice new coat of white and stripes over the weekend.

I was feeling a bit daring so I wanted to try out something new. Being a newbie at all this DIY stuff, I've got a lot to catch up on. I seriously thought about being double-dog daring and going full-steam ahead with some Chevron zig-zags, but then I thought better of it. Can't get too far ahead of my very amateur skills.

First, I covered my whole piece with white primer. We did do some sanding beforehand, but it's really not necessary when spray painting. After the coats of primer dried, I started in with the stripes. I covered the entire border surrounding my top to make sure no gray got else where. And since the piece was pretty small, I wanted stripes a bit over an inch wide. I pulled out a level and used it as a measuring tool. Then I laid down my tape at each interval, making sure to check both the left and right ends for correct width spacing.
{I left the end-tabs up to make for easy removal after I painted.}

Once the whole top was taped up, I let loose with "classic gray" and covered the entire top with it.
I waited a few seconds then started to peal off my tape. There were a few bleed marks that I had to touch up, even though I made sure to press down on my tape...eh, I'll just chalk it up to me being a newbie. And they were the only thing I can focus on--see what I mean...
To cover the gray run-over, a small paint brush and some white craft paint did the job. I'm sure there must be a more professional method, but I wanted them gone asap and those were the supplies that I had on hand. Worked for me!

I repeated the same steps striping steps on the little drawer but on a much smaller scale and with no bleed-through issues. AND I loving me some stripes! Can't wait to put this in E's room! Such a fun transformation, and one that I did all on my own this time..well, with some helpful teaching and input by W.

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9 comments:

Edie said...

I think you should try something new on that stool before you bring it over. Some wild color. Yellow? Turquoise?

Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Found your project over at House of Grace. I love furniture re-dos, midcentury modern furniture, and stripes, so I had to come check out your piece. Very cute!

Jenn said...

Looks great! I hear you on being nervous about chevron stripes, I feel the same way! Found you at Tatortots and Jello!

Meredith said...

I love the new neutral gray trend for furniture...so fun! The piece looks great!

jandjhome said...

What a great piece. I love mid century lines. I just went through your blog and love your DIY enthusiasm. I'm going to love following you and see what else you do. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Love this project!! Paint can make such a huge difference.

Here's a tip on painting stripes that are flawless (I learned this trick after many, many frustrating projects):

http://heresthediehl.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/tutorial-painting-wall-stripes-or-an-accent-wall/

Happy painting!

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

That looks great, I love spray paint. Thanks for sharing.

:) Michelle

Suzanne said...

Beautiful job! Found you from TDC. 28 weeks and counting? Congrats! I love baby pics btw... :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Wow! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)