Strie Technique | DIY Design

So yesterday, I showed you the piece that earned me a spot in Week 3 of One Month to Win It. (Yay!! Can I just tell you how much better it feels to make it through a couple weeks than to be knocked out in week 1 a la Crafting with the Stars....but not bitter or anything... :) ANYway, here is the how to on creating an easy seamless strie pattern on a piece of furniture!

The trick to creating a seamless strie is mixing the different mediums of paint, a light hand and flow of motion.  Start by lightly sanding your piece, wiping off the dust with water and allowing it to dry.  Then alternate between dipping your rag in the paint and stain and dragging the rag lightly across the furniture.  You need to do very light coats, let them dry, repeat.  It takes at least 4 applications to get the effect of light lines.  If you try to do it all in one fell swoop, you will just get a blurry mish mash.  Make sure you start OFF the edge of the drawer and then lightly drag all the way to the other end before lifting the rag.  If you lift up the rag AT the end of the drawer, you will see the end of the line, so basically you have to look a bit like a fool, sweeping your arm a good 3 foot swoosh through the air from side to side each time. 

You don't need a lot of paint!  If you get too much paint, you will not be able to drag the rag across the surface - you'll just create a big splotch of paint!  After you have done a few layers, you can sand again lightly, wipe off the dust and repeat!   As you can see in photo 5 below, I would start with the lighter grey color, and  make quite a heavy line or 2 to start, then I would dip into the brown stain to blend it in.

You will have to play with different amounts of paint, and different strengths of applying the color to your surface - that is where the artist in you gets to play!  Don't be afraid of messing up - just go for it!  The worst that can happen is that you hate it and start from scratch again - no biggie!

1. Sanding finish  2.  Dipping rag in paint  3.  Paint and Stain  4.  Applying Stain  5.  Applying paint  6.  Amount of paint needed  7.  Strie Drying

It is a lot of work, and takes a lot of time,
but the result is a complex, interesting finish that classes up your free piece of furniture rescued from the curb!!

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Jodi said…
thats too cool. it turned out great
That's a really beautiful look! I like how playful the technique is.
I'm so glad you showed this. I have been wondering how you did it! Lisa~