HAND PAINTING STRIPES ON FURNITUREFor me, the hardest thing about painting stripes on furniture is drawing the stripes. I always use a ruler and a soft pencil so unused lines can be erased or painted over. I do not use tape because I want the stripes to look hand painted and not perfect. I decide the width of the stripes on the front, top and sides. The width of the stripes can vary. I use the edges of the furniture for guidelines. A level is not useful to use on furniture because your floor might be uneven or the furniture not perfectly in line.
When I purchased this pine armoire they told me it was from Stratford, England. The outside had been waxed, but the inside looked very old and had old blue shelf paper on the shelves. I didn't remove the shelf paper. On the outside I painted over the pine with a greenie beige color. Next, I painted the tree then, drew and painted the stripes. I painted one coat of black and let the beige shadow through. A metallic gold paint was just the right touch for the black and beige colors. Then, two coats of clear sealer.