Looking for simple painting techniques on wood? Make over a thrift store piece with this painted plaid pattern project.
Painting wood furniture is a quick and easy way to give it a whole new look. Step by step to get started with these easy painting techniques.
There’s nothing I like better than a little challenge.
It’s actually one of my favorite things on this planet. Thinking and planning and dreaming up projects makes me so happy.
So when FrogTape reached out to me to create a project based on one of their 2022 design trends, I jumped.
And danced a little.
And started planning.
The design trend I was given is called SHINE. You can read all about it here, but SHINE is all about celebrating color. Big, bold, beautiful color. This trend is all about lighting up your design and adding pops of color and letting happiness and joy shine through color.
I found this hutch at the thrift store.
It was in the very back of the store and it was on sale of a sale of a sale and a little forlorn and neglected.
A makeover was just around the corner and all it needed was to let its personality SHINE.
Wait until you see what it looks like now.
(total aside: if you like color? This is the makeover for you.)
So before we get started let’s look at the color palette.
And in amazing news?
It’s full of COLOR.
Here are the colors in the SHINE trend:
- Real Red SW 6868
- Blue Chip SW 6959
- Invigorate SW 6886
- Goldfinch SW 6905
- Electric Lime SW 6921
I looked at this piece.
And it looked back at me and told me it wanted to be plaid.
It’s actually one of my favorite painting techniques on wood, but I wanted to try a new take on it with this hutch. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the back of the hutch is lined with raised panels. Also, on the front of the doors there are panels as well. The entire piece has layers of wood.
I wanted to use those panels to create the plaid.
Does that make sense?
Instead of actually painting a plaid pattern onto the hutch, I wanted the panels to create their own reverse plaid.
Instead of telling you?
Let me show you with a little before and after.
One more time.
Here’s the before.
And here’s the after.
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?
It’s so happy.
And full of joy.
The happiest day of its life was the day we brought it home from the thrift store.
And see what I mean about the plaid? The white panels and raised wood on the hutch actually create the plaid. It was just painted with stripes and the hutch did the rest.
Here’s how we created one of my favorite painting techniques on wood with this plaid pattern.
Painting Techniques On Wood: How to Paint a Plaid Pattern
Real Red SW 6868
Blue Chip SW 6959
Invigorate SW 6886
Goldfinch SW 6905
Electric Lime SW 6921
Extra White SW 7006
Step 1: Prime and paint the base coat
The challenge when you start working on any thrift store piece is you are never really sure what the finish on the wood is. You want to provide a really good foundation for the paint to adhere to for a lasting top coat. That’s why primer is so important. Even though it’s so tempting to start painting first, don’t overlook the primer.
You don’t want to skip this step.
Lightly sand the entire piece with 220 grit sandpaper and then apply one coat of primer.
Make sure you use a high-quality brush as well. A good paintbrush cuts down on brush strokes and prevents bristles from coming off in the paint. There’s nothing worse than finding a stray bristle in your topcoat after it’s dried.
After the primer dries, paint several coats of the base coat of paint.
The base coat here is Extra White SW 7006.
Step 2: Plan out your pattern
My original plan was to use the panels on the back of the hutch as part of the plaid.
But when I planned it out, I decided the stripes need to be uneven. Some larger stripes and some smaller stripes instead of unified stripes.
I planned out the pattern with the different sizes of vertical stripes and marked the stripes with dots of paint.
Then I stood back and reevaluated. It’s easier to change up colors when it’s a little bit of paint rather than painting an entire strip and then changing your mind.
3. Tape off vertical stripes and paint
After the initial pattern and stripes are planned out, vertically tape out the rest of the piece.
The stripes start at the top of the back of the hutch, then they continue down the front of the drawers and the paneled doors.
I left the frame of the piece white and left the top of the middle white as well.
The basecoat allows all the other colors to shine.
After the tape is in place, score it to make sure the lines will be clean when you pull it off.
Paint the pattern of stripes according to the paint pattern.
Most of the colors will need two coats.
Let the paint dry.
4. Peel off the tape
This is my favorite step.
There’s something so satisfying about seeing the project come to life.
Peel off the tape and reveal that perfect paint line. That’s my favorite thing about FrogTape and why I’ve been using it for years. When you are working on a piece like this, for the pattern to work you it must have clean lines for the plaid to show through. That’s why I always use FrogTape.
Just a note, when you are peeling off the tape, make sure to pull it off in one direction for the cleanest lines.
After all the tape is pulled off, you can seal the entire piece with a coat of clear polyurethane as the last step.
That’s the step-by-step to take this before and….
This was such a fun project and I’m honored to work with FrogTape on this. They chose correctly for me. I’m all about SHINE.
Any trend that introduces happy, joyful colors to the world is the trend for me.
If I could be a hutch (or any thrift store find)?
I’d want to look just like this.
Here’s to letting our joy and our decor and our light SHINE.
disclosure: This post was sponsored by FrogTape.
All opinions are my own.
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