Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Homefront: DIY Painted Stripe Accent Furniture

I've run across a few striped furniture pieces that have really called to me (shown later in the post). So, I wanted to experiment with something small. In 30 minutes, I had a new look, and now know if it's worth doing a larger piece in the future. (it is)

Last year, this adorable plant stand broke and I was only left with the top. My husband pretty much thought I was nuts for saving it. I glued it with E6000/hot glue (can't remember which)  to a candle holder pillar. Now I have this cute little pedestal cake stand, though I wouldn't put a cake directly on it because it isn't sealed.

I spent about 60 seconds laboriously sanding the top and side that I would be painting. If you do not want the unpainted part to be distressed, then sand after you put the tape down.

I took some electrical tape and made my stripes 2 strips worth. I used that little tape piece between each set of tape I laid down to make sure they were the same width apart. I think blue painters tape would be better as my tape stretched out of shape too easily and didn't lay down as flat so the paint smudged.

I took regular white craft paint and watered it down, and painted the exposed areas. Then, I pulled off the tape while the paint was still wet. I was able to get those smudgy areas off the stripe edges by gently wiping them off with a damp paper towel. If I were extra ambitious, a bit of black paint would have worked too.

After the paint dried, which was really quickly, I lightly sanded the stripes. Though, I think I will go back and sand it down more for less contrast. (I think white and a soft gray would look perfect.)

before in black


Stripes on a small piece is a fast and simple change that adds just a touch of spunk to a corner. And if you don't like it, no biggie, just paint over it or sand the heck out of it.

*More stripey furniture inspirations for you*

 My House of Giggles striped painted table. I love how her stripes are varying widths and how she kept the side of the top base the one stripe color. She does another striped table top with wide stripes here.

 In the Fun Lane painted the stripes from the top down the front for a coastal beach feel. 

 Her sea side dresser isn't technically striped, but  with the drawers painted a different color and the addition of hand painted numbers, it gives a same effect. Perfect for those who have a hard time making straight lines.

I love the muted tones here. It would work well in so many settings and wouldn't be as difficult to decorate around should your decor change. 

Great Oak Circle has a diy post on this table she painted. Love what she did to the writing desk.

 I truly adore love this home featured in Coastal Living. The idea of doing the large stripes on a dining table is lovely. I am pretty sure this is how we are going to do ours now. 
This Mini-Kildare dresser by TreeHouse Trading Co. shows that there are lots of ways to play with stripes and colors, especially on detailed pieces with doors and trim. 

*Linked to Strut your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple, Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic Cottage, Life as Lori's Get Your Craft On, Fireflies and Jelly Beans' Show Off Your Stuff, The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday, Tater Tots and Jello DIY Linky, Finding Fabulous' Frugalicious Friday.



Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Oh that is just so cute!!! Love it! (is that any surprise?) ;) Watch out....those stripes are addictive! You'll be ending up like me with stripes on just about everything! :)

Thanks for featuring my little table!

Little Lovables said...

Yes, but your stripes are straight!! I obviously need to be more careful next time :)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I love these stripes. Great ideas. I have a few tables that I need to do something with. Might just be stripes :)

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

I love stipes too. The table looks great. Check out my painted wall stripes - I just love how they turned out!


Little Lovables said...

Susan, thoise look amazing! thanks for posting

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

That's awesome. I just painted stripes on some furniture and posted them too! They are fun because they are unexpected.

Jen @ said...

You make me want to stripe all of my furniture. So cute! I love that little table!


Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Lisa,
I enjoyed stopping by your cute blog. Great projects!
Warmly, Michelle

Kristy said...

So cute and fresh!

Its So Very Cheri said...

If you used one of our products on this project just add them in with a photo of them and re-enter them.


Its So Very Cheri said...

If you used one of our products on this project just add them in with a photo of them and re-enter them.


Christine said...

Hey! You did a great job! I am a sucker for old broken stuff glued together :)
Thanks for featuring my table too, I am so glad you like it.
Christine @ GOC

sherry said...

Love your many good ideas! I was just going from blog to blog [you know how that goes!] and ended up here.

Shorely Chic said...

Hi! I love you blog!! I'm going to use some of these photos (linking to you of course) on my blog post about stripes today. Thanks!!

paul john said...

These are the awesome products.the candle holder is very nice and it can be used regularly.

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Sevgi Ates said...

Thanks you for this write, i m enjoyed thanks you, masko

Catalina said...

Hi Lisa! I recently featured a photo with this striped table you made, on a post on my blog. I attached a link, also! I really hope, you don't mind!
Here's the link to my post

You have a beautiful blog!

Home Stars said...

Love all your stuff! Thanks for all your hard work
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