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Basket Combing Technique and Bamboo Border

Learn how to apply a basket combing technique and bamboo border to wood furniture.

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basket combing technique and bamboo border
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply a Basket Combing Technique

  • Wipe furniture surface with Trisodium phosphate to removed dirt, oil and debris.

  • Add three parts glaze to one part eggshell latex to create a top coat glaze.

  • Apply glaze to furniture. Then, while glaze is still wet brush over it using metal combs in a slight wiggle motion, first vertically and then horizontally.

  • Lay three strips of painters tape side-by-side around dresser edge. Remove the center piece of tape to create a masked area for the border.
  • while glaze is wet brush over it using metal comb

Step 2: Paint the Border

  • Use eggshell latex paint to paint border within taped area and allow to dry.

  • Dip artist's brush in dark brown paint and paint bamboo details, then use white paint to accent and highlight the brown brush strokes.
  • Latex paint (Kelly Moore) colors used:
    Pinecone Path (KM4040-5)
    Parchment (KM3994-1)
    Beyond Pale (OW203-1)