I’m a big fan of Frog Tape® to use when painting. I’ve tried other kinds but no other tape has given me as much success. Of course you have to follow the cardinal rule, which is TAKE THE TAPE OFF WHEN ITS STILL WET. Every time I’ve forgotten and pulled it off after it dried, I have ended up with…problems. But Frog Tape® has the only patented Paint Block® technology which is a special formula that reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape. Yeah, it’s awesome.
And now it’s easier than ever to paint chevron stripes to make this chevron striped table. Frog Tape let me try out the new Frog Tape® Shape Tape™ in a chevron pattern and seriously, it was a cinch to use. Read on for an easy FrogTape how-to:
Step 1: Find an old piece of furniture to upcycle. I chose this small table for my kids to sit at. Prepare your table by painting it a solid color (like white.) To paint the piece properly, you will need to lightly sand it and then paint a few coats, sanding in between. Give it a final sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. This will let you have a nice smooth surface.
Step 2: Apply the Frog Tape® Shape Tape™ to your piece. It’s very easy to use. Just cut off a long piece of the tape and remove the top or bottom half of the backing paper. Stick it to your surface. Continue on down the line until you have multiple stripes. You will not want to remove the other half of the backing paper yet. You may need to adjust a few of the tape strips, until each strip looks nice and straight and square. After they are all lined up correctly (I literally just eyeballed it, it was easy) you can remove the other half of the backing paper. Use a squeegee to seal the tape to the surface.
Step 3: Use four different shades of paint in a similar family. I used four shapes of aqua, my favorite color. I first paint the edges of the tape to further seal the tape down, then paint the rest of the area. Carefully not to bleed paint over to the areas you don’t want those colors. Wait a bit for the first coat to dry, then add another coat in each color.
Step 4: Remove the Frog Tape® Shape Tape™ while the second coat is still wet. Dispose of the tape and let the stripes dry for 24 hours. Sand with a palm sander to give it a beachy weathered look. Seal with polycrylic sealer.
If you are loving chevron but don’t want the hassle of measuring and angles and all that, the Frog Tape® Shape Tape™ is definitely what you want. I love it!
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