I’ve had a few people ask about how I painted the perfectly straight lines on my revamped nightstands. So thought I’d share how it all went down.
I’m sure the technique I am about to share is not anything new, but I had not heard of it until my friend at work mentioned to me one time when we were discussing painting tricks (yes, DIY is my kind of cooler talk). Well, she said that while she’d never done it, she thought you could get a perfectly straight paint line by laying your tape on top of an existing color, then using that same existing color to go over the edge of the tape, and then painting your new color on top of that. The idea is that if any paint seeps under your tape, it will be the same color as the underlying/original paint so you won’t have all those wobbly or imperfect paint lines. I have no idea why I trusted her totally not-tested idea (actually, I do know why – that’s because she does her own awesome house updates) but I went for it on my nightstand so I could end up with this:
Here’s how it went down:
- I painted the interior of nightstand turquoise.
- Once that dried (and after giving it a day or two) I lined up the edge of the green tape with where I wanted to start the white paint, making a line between the turquoise and white.
- Then I painted over the edge of the tape with my turquoise paint.
- After the turquoise paint stripe dried, I painted over the edge of the tape with the white paint (2 coats).
- Then I carefully removed the tape and was left with a perfect line.
Yay for tips from friends that actually work!
Anyone else take a tip from a friend on blind faith that it will just work out? Or prefer your friend’s totally untested theories to doing your own research? This is one instance where I am glad I did just that.