Easy way to paint attached dowels .


I have vintage cupboards, at the end of the cupboard on top of the counter there is a decorative accessorie built between the bottom of the top and counter top.There are dowels in between . I was wondering the easiest way to paint the dowels being there will be 1 colour for the frame around the dowels and the dowels will be the next colour .What is the easiest way to paint them dowels

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 05, 2021

    will the dowels come out? if so that is the easiest way to paint them

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 05, 2021

    I agree, if you can get them out and paint them, that would be the easiest way. If not, then tape off the area you do not want to paint with painter's tape .

  • Dee Dee on Apr 05, 2021

    Dip a small brush in stain, paint the dowel with the stain and immediately wipe the dowel off with a dry cloth. For painted dowels, wet a brush with paint and paint the dowel. If you have a bunch of single dowels to stain or paint, place them in a shallow box. Use a spray gun to shoot them with stain or paint.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 05, 2021

    Mask off each end of the dowel near thefirst areayou paint, let dry well, add another coat if needed, let dry well. Then mask off the area so you can paint the dowels. I'd use a small sponge, plastic gloves and simply wipe the paint on each dowell insuring there are no drips or runs, let dry, and paint another coat the same wa (with small sponge soaked in paint). Let dry well and remove the masking tae. I've painted many dowells and metal decorative fences with a sponge and you can control the finsih extremely well because the paint is right in your hand.

  • Likely you'll need to give them a light sanding then put some primer on them. After that, you can paint them.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 05, 2021

    Spray painting would be the easiest way to paint them. If you can suspend them, that would make it easier to paint all the way around.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 05, 2021

    Hi Donna, I am assuming you cannot remove them? You may want to paint the first color, then mask off your fresh paint (once it has dried well) them brush on the next color.


  • William William on Apr 05, 2021

    Take a sponge paint brush, cut a half moon slot in it to fit the dowels. Then paint. You can also use a utility cloth work glove and dip the fingers in paint.

    • Donna stewart Donna stewart on Apr 06, 2021

      Thank you for your time and answer to my question .That does sound a lot easier .Thank you again for taking the time out to answer .

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 05, 2021

    Hi Donna: I'd use a really small artist brush to paint around the dowels, about 1/2 inch up or down. Get a piece of paper that's about 2 or 3 inches larger than the dowel, cut a hole in it the same size as the dowel, cutting through the paper to the hole, and put it around the dowel and then paint.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Apr 06, 2021

    After you have painted the frame and let the paint harden, you can use a little bit of painters tape to tape off the frame where it touches the dowels and paint the dowels with a small brush.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 07, 2021

    Agree with the above posters the smallest brush that have a good quality is an excellent suggestion. They do make a paid pad on a stick but that might be too large or cumbersome for your project. Try to mask off any areas so that paint does not drip or splatter. Take your time put on some music on and enjoy the process.

  • Annie Annie on Apr 12, 2021

    Just use painters masking tape and tape off the area you dont want to get paint on. Good Luck

  • Donna stewart Donna stewart on Apr 17, 2021

    Thank you for your answer