Newsletter Instagram YouTube Pinterest Facebook

Shadow Striped Shelves

Crafter's Acrylic®

Shadow Striped Shelves
Love it? Share it! Pinterest
Shadow Striped Shelves

Shadow Striped Shelves

designed by Cindy Jacobelli

Shadow stripe these wall shelves with Crafter's Acrylic® to brighten any room.

See more projects using this product.
Learn more about Crafter's Acrylic®.


Crafter's Acrylic®

  • Dark Turquoise (DCA43)
  • Light Heather (DCA161)
  • Mint Chocolate Chip (DCA154)
  • Orange (DCA07)
  • Peachy Keen (DCA150)
  • Purple Hydrangea (DCA162)

DecoArt Media® Varnishes

  • Gloss Varnish (DMM25)

Other supplies

  • sandpaper
  • 2" painter's tape
  • nails
  • shelf bracket (4)
  • 6" x 20" finished wooden boards (3)


  1. Sand the three pieces of 6" x 20" finished wood until they are smooth.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Paint each piece of wood with a basecoat of either Purple Hydrangea, Dark Turquoise, or Orange. Let dry and apply a second coat to each.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Tape off the stripes with painter's tape. (It makes it super easy if you use 2" wide tape for 2" stripes so you don't have to measure. Just use the tape as a guide.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. Paint the alternate color then remove the tape while it is still wet: Use Peachy Keen for the Orange board; Light Heather for the Purple Hydrangea board; and Mint Chocolate Chip for the Dark Turquoise board.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Continue with each color and create the stripes.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Attach the brackets to the shelves.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Hang the shelves.
    Step 6 Example


A really great trick for painting stripes is to paint the basecoat on the entire board. Let them dry and then tape the stripes. Paint the basecoat again and let dry. Once dry, paint the alternate color, then remove the tape while still wet for a perfect line.