How to Quickly Tape Off Chair Spindles

How to quickly tape off spindles prior to painting.

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


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. 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.
Prior to painting I also 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.


AFTER

Three chairs painted in coastal cottage style


The chairs are painted with two coats of Duck Egg Blue. I 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


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

Pairing together rustic and coastal cottage styles.

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