I love the current trend of striped fabric and thought it would be fun to take those stripes and put them on a piece of furniture. I found this Bombay chest at Home Goods http://www.homegoods.com on clearance for less than a hundred dollars. While I loved the shape, the design, a wine inspired grape motif, was probably the reason it was on clearance. I removed the pulls and gave the piece a quick sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.
After I removed all of the sanded dust, I painted the entire piece in two coats of Sherwin Williams Pure White http://www.sherwin-williams.com, paint that I had left over from our new house. Once the paint was dry, I used a tape measure to measure the width of the top of the chest and then divided that number by the number of stripes I wanted to determine how big I wanted the stripes to be. I knew that I wanted some symmetry in the stripes, so I made sure that the same color stripe would be on each end. My stripes are about six inches, with the end stripes being a little larger due to the design of the piece, but larger or smaller stripes would look just as good.
Once I had measured off each stripe with a light pencil mark, I took blue painter’s tape and taped off from the top of the chest all the way down the front, putting the tape in the portion of the stripe that was to stay white, so that I could paint the other areas gray. I chose Analytical Gray, from Sherwin Williams.
After the tape was in place, the next step was to paint the taped off area with the gray paint. As soon as I had one coat of gray paint on the piece, I pulled up the painter’s tape. If you leave the tape on and let the paint dry, it can sometimes pull up the paint. Once the gray paint was dry, I took my brush and added a second coat wherever it was needed. If any of the paint does bleed, you can take a small artist’s brush to cover the bleeding paint and get a clean line between the two colors.
While the second coat was drying, I turned to the drawer pulls. Because the pulls were a perfect match style-wise for the piece, all theyneeded was a light brushing with silver craft paint to turn them from black and gold to black and silver. I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic craft paint in Titanium to achieve this look. (http://www.michaels.com)
After the paint on the chest was dry, I brushed on a thin coat of varnish to protect the piece. I was so happy with the results of this piece, that I used the same method to paint a large table for our craft room. I’ll show you that table in an upcoming post about our craft room. I’m now on the hunt for another piece of furniture in need of some stripes! Have you had good luck adding stripes to a piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!