Painting Grain Sack Stripes – Creating a French Linen Look on Nested Tables

How to achieve the grain sack stripe look on a set of nesting tables!

GRAIN SACKHere is the set of 3 nesting tables I started with. Of course a lot of the time I start painting a piece and think “Stop – take a photo first!”
I’m loving Blake & Taylor’s Furniture Paint and you can see my first blog about it HERE.
I’m using French Linen (colour) here, and I decided to try a new technique. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I thought “what if I paint in one direction along the grain of the wood, and then go across the grain for the second coat?” So that’s what I did, and you can ever so slightly tell and the pattern or texture it creates is similar to linen! You can see it a bit in this photo, but it was hard to take a close up picture of the details.


I painted the middle table French Blue because I planned to create grain sack stripes in the alternating colours on each table. Make sure the main table coats of Furniture Paint are fully dry before proceeding with using tape on them.
You will need to use painters tape to make the grain sack stripes. If you want to get technical you can measure exactly the distances between each stripe.
I just found the centre of the table and visualised what might be a good width for my centre stripe, then placed another strip of tape either side of the centre stripe to make the side stripes a bit narrower.
Then choose a complimentary colour for the stripes and paint carefully within the painters tape.
Then while the paint stripes are still not quite dry, peel away the tape to reveal your stripes!
I like to peel away before the paint dries for a cleaner edge.
Here’s the French Linen on the French Blue table.
While I was at it, I painted this matching sign I had laying around!
I used a graphic from The Graphics Fairy. You can see how I did this on a wooden chest I made over HERE.
I also have a Youtube video on applying graphics a different way using Mod Podge HERE.
But note that the method I use in the video works best on white or light backgrounds.
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    November 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Super cute! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff

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