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Soft Strie Molding

Create a soft, natural striped texture that simulates the look of time worn, centuries-old paint. Best for baseboards, crown molding, and other wooden surfaces, the strié technique lets you add classic color and dimension using a bit of paint, some glazing, and your ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape.





  • Choose the basecoat and glaze color(s)(glazes are generally a shade or two darker than the basecoat)
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and completely dry



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Mask Trim

Mask around the surface you'll be painting (e.g., the wall above a baseboard) with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the selected basecoat color over the entire surface. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Apply Glaze

Apply Glaze

Mix your glaze colors, and then use a paint brush to apply a relatively thin layer to the surface. Wipe excess glaze with a cheesecloth. Hint: for best results, follow the wood grain when adding the glaze.

Step 4: Create Strié

Create Strié

Make lines through the glaze using a toothed brush or other hard-bristle brush. Pull the brush through the glaze at a 30° angle. Allow the glaze to dry for 24 hours.

Step 5: Remove Tape

Re-Mask Screen

Carefully remove tape at a 45° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints


  • Choose colors that will work well together and enhance the colors of your room.
  • Before you buy, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to get an idea of how the colors will look together in your space. It's a great way to avoid time-consuming painting mistakes.
  • When you are ready to start painting, consider the ways you can use this technique to add depth and dimension to flat surfaces.
    • Overlapping horizontal and vertical strié is a popular technique that creates the look of fabrics like denim or linen.
    • Painting a multi-terrain surface, such as a wooden door with frames or panels, gives you the opportunity to alternate the use of horizontal and vertical strié, to create new patterns and add even more visual interest.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.

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