How to Quickly Tape Off Chair Spindles

Three chairs painted in coastal cottage style

When painting chairs it's so much easier to paint them in all one color. But if you want the seat a different color or stained then you'll have to deal with painting around the spindles. Today I'll share how I tape off the spindles quickly to get a nice crisp finish.

BEFORE

These three chairs are sturdy, but the factory white paint was wearing away. I decided to give them a "coastal cottage" finish in Duck Egg blue with hints of the original white peeking through. The natural wood finish on the seats were in great shape, so I decided to preserve that.

Before: Wood chairs factory painted
Before: Wood chairs factory painted

The "before" shot doesn't really show the damaged to the original finish, so I'll include a close up of one section. It's normal wear and tear that just about all furniture experiences. But there's no need to toss it! A fresh coat of paint will make it like brand new.

Example of damage to original finish.
Example of damage to original finish.
I found the best way to get a crisp edge around the spindles is to tape them off with painters tape. Each chair has 12 spindles (8 on top and 4 underneath) that needed to be taped off, so I set it up as a mini factory line and started taping away. Although the spindles are round, I begin by taping off a square. First I put a piece of tape at the front of each spindle. Next I added another piece to the side of each spindle.

Begin by taping off the front of the spindles.
Begin by taping off the front of the spindles.
I added a third piece to the other side of each spindle, and then a fourth piece of tape to the back.

Tape off a square around the round spindles
Tape off a square around the round spindles
Finally, I filled in the gaps around the circle with 4 small pieces of tape.

Use four small pieces of tape to fill in the gaps.
Use four small pieces of tape to fill in the gaps.
I repeated the process underneath the chairs where the spindles meet the seat.

The easy way to tape off spindles.
Repeat for spindles underneath the seat.
There are some tight spots when painting spindles, so I use an angled bristle brush to make the job go easier. I use the tip of the brush to reach into the tight spaces.

AFTER

I applied two coats of Duck Egg Blue. Then used a fine sanding sponge to lightly distress the blue to reveal the white underneath. I love the way the blue and white look with the natural wood.

Duck egg blue chairs with natural wood seats
Duck egg blue chairs with natural wood seats
I sealed the paint with soft clear wax for a durable finish. Further wear and tear might reveal more white, but it will only enhance the distressed finish.

Duck Egg Blue paired with natural wood.
Duck Egg Blue paired with natural wood.


I was taking photos of the chairs the same day I took photos of the rustic farmhouse table. Although the finishes are a bit different, I think they pair nicely together. So I took a couple of photos with the table and chairs together. However, I have them in the booth priced separately since they're not an actual set.

Pairing together rustic and coastal cottage styles.
Pairing together rustic and coastal cottage styles.

I hope the information of how I tape off the spindles is helpful to you, and I thank you for stopping by today. I'll include a supply list below for your reference in case you want to create a similar look. If you would like to receive notifications of future projects then be sure to enter your email address in the "subscribe" section at the top right of the page. Or follow me on Facebook . . . new friends are always welcome!

Rustic farmhouse table paired with coastal cottage chairs.
Rustic farmhouse table paired with coastal cottage chairs.

SUPPLY LIST

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