Pinstriping Design Ideas


Pinstriping adds a clean, tailored look to almost any craft or home decorating project. Lines can be applied through painting or refinishing techniques, glass etching or even decoupage. The basic tools required for pin stripe design ideas include a level, yardstick and painter's tape. Each can be found at local hardware and home improvement stores.

Pinstripe Walls

  • Pinstripe walls can give a room a look of light texture or add a touch of formality. It can also bring in subtle colors that match or complement other items of décor in the space. For example, cream-colored walls in a room with cream and burgundy furniture with black and cream damask accent pillows would benefit from a bold black pinstripe, which would tie the room together. Always start with clean walls and use painter's tape and a yardstick to define where lines will go prior to painting.

Pinstripe Furniture

  • Pinstriping can give new life to old furniture pieces. For best results, avoid pinstriping furniture items that have ornate, carved detail or a lot of rounded lines. Pinstripes work best on furniture with straight, well-defined lines, like Mission-style pieces. Refinish, paint or restore the piece to be pinstriped and delineate lines with painter's tape. With wood furniture, you can retain a full wood grain look if you strip part of the varnish as part of the pinstriping process and restain it in a lighter or darker tone.

Pinstripe Glass

  • Add an elegant touch to glass items with pinstripe etching. Apply painter's tape to hurricane glasses, wine or drinking glasses or even glass plates and serving trays. Use a glass etching cream to paint the surface of exposed glass. Leave the cream in place for the time recommended on the manufacturer's label and rinse clean. The result will be delicately etched, "frosted" glass lines. This technique can be used in a reverse manner as well, etching an entire glass piece, leaving only untreated clear glass in pinstripe lines.

Pinstripe Planters

  • Plain, utilitarian planters can be modified into impressive pieces using pinstriping techniques. Begin by painting the planter in an indoor/outdoor weather-resistant paint. Add pinstripes that are close together to create the look of a tightly woven basket. Paint the planters in shades that match outdoor décor or complement the colors of the foliage that will go into the planter. This technique can be refreshed by changing out colors every year.

Pinstripe Wood Stairs

  • Pinstriping wood stairs can be an arduous task, but it produces impressive results, especially if the stairs are painted a rich, dark base color in advance. Use pinstripes that are relatively close together to provide an interesting visual element. Some color combinations to consider: Mahogany stairs with antique gold pinstriping; ebony stairs with bright white pinstriping; or antiqued ochre gold stairs with chocolate brown pinstriping.

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