I got a question about how to get clean lines when painting a design on furniture, so I thought I’d address and explain that here 🙂
I’ve been working on another mid century piece where I add a geometric design to the drawer (this time it has some orange in it!) and I have to say, clean, crisp lines are key when doing something like this on a piece of furniture, or even a wall! No matter what type of tape I use I almost always have a problem with the paint bleeding under the tape and ruining that crisp line I want.
For those of you who prefer visuals, I created a video showing the same steps I listed out below:
How to Paint Clean, Crisp Lines
The planked wood on this headboard was a bit tricky because the tape could not get all the way into the tiny space between boards. Because of this there was tiny areas where paint seeped under. On every other area, I had clean lines! Plus, then next part of the design covered up the little parts that did seep. To see how this geometric headboard turned out and to read the tutorial, click here.
On a piece where the design is over wood (like this dresser), I tape out the design and first use a thin coat of poly. This seals the edges of the tape and if any of the poly bleeds under, it’s clear and unnoticeable. This is especially important with this geometric design since I leave some of the triangles wood. I definitely don’t want any paint seeping onto that wood.
If your painting a design, say stripes of something over a wall or piece of furniture that already has painted, you can use the base color to seal the edge of tape. On this lavender dresser I taped the design, then before painting it white I used some of the lavender paint first so if any bled through, it wouldn’t be noticeable.
This little extra step is definitely one you shouldn’t skip. It will save you time and frustration in the end.