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About three years ago, I walked into my local paint store and noticed a display for a bright green painter’s tape – Frog Tape. I trust my guys at the paint store, so I asked, “Does this stuff really work?” I have never been a fan of painter’s tape. I always, ALWAYS had problems with bleeding and finally decided to just trust my own steady hand.  I was about to work on a custom piece for a client – a Steeler’s desk that was to be painted black with school bus yellow stripes.  I needed sharp, crisp lines.  The guys told me it worked, so I tried Frog Tape and blogged about it HERE.  That was when my blog was less than a month old and it was itty bitty.  I probably had less than 20 followers and no idea even how to get sponsors.  A few weeks later, Frog Tape contacted me about my post and sent me some rolls to keep me supplied and some to give away.  They became my very first official blog sponsor and we’ve stuck together ever since.  Now, I’ve been asked to be a part of their Frog Tape Blog Squad and it was a no-brainer to say yes.


I often show projects when I use Frog Tape, so you’ll just keep seeing those.

Last week, I was working on this secretary…


I decided to leave the fretwork unpainted, which meant that I needed a nice, crisp line between the door frame and the fretwork.  Can you guess what I used?  Yeah, you guessed.  Frog Tape.  Here’s a new trick I learned, though.  I have always found it difficult to tape inside corners.  For this piece, I pushed a 1 1/4″ chisel into the corner on top of the tape and then pulled the tape, so it was cut in a clean line by the chisel.



This trick gave me a nice, straight corner.


I painted around the frame of the doors and removed the tape while the paint was still wet.


…and, of course, I got crisp lines.  Just as I would expect.




I’m using this piece to reveal my MMS Milk Paint color “Grain Sack.”  I can’t wait to haul it up from the basement for a proper photo shoot!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Frog Tape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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  1. I have heard that frog tape is the stuff to use but I’ve never used it. I will have to buy some to keep on hand as I have some furniture painting coming up in my future! and some stripes I may be painting on my girls bedroom walls!

  2. Kristen says:

    I just love frog tape. I’ve painted stripes for years and never had one bleed through. When I went to get some for horizontal stripes for my laundry room a few weeks back, I didm’t hesitate to spend the extra money on the frog tape!

  3. Vicki K says:

    I just bought 2 rolls of Frog Tape – so I am glad to see your fresh recommendation!

  4. I love it ,too. It is just what the paint world needed. I am so happy they will be a sponsor at the Southern Bloggers Conference in October and are donating to the swag bag, too.
    I love that secretary and can’t wait to see it.

  5. Elizabeth Flamm says:

    I love this stuff. I used it on my daughter’s nursery and did not remove it right after I was done – my brother untaped everything three weeks later (I had my baby in the middle of the paint job) and all of my lines were still clean! I was shocked because I expected a big touch up job, but there was none!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous piece & color! Can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  7. Sharon in Chicago says:

    Cool about the tape. Can’t wait to find out if you surprised us by painting the hiddden desk part a surprise color! (I know that’s not typical for you, but thinking you may have shook it up this time)

  8. yeap if I see blue,and I see green , I will always go for green. Not one time has it failed me. I used it for a stars and stripe chair. Used on a Union Jack trunk, used on a desk to cut stripes out, used with a subway dresser and this is just a little of when I have used green…and it is fun to tear down the middle when you want a deckled line look but with control. In our home used top to bottom and on windows this stuff is so great…thanks for the post

  9. Love me some frog tape–so much better than the blue stuff!

  10. That is a neat trick! I JUST started using Frog tape myself. I painted a French Provincial coffee table in two colours and wanted a clean edge. It did the trick superbly, I must say! Definitely a new fan here.

    Can’t wait to see your Grain Sack colour!!

  11. Tracy Lynn says:

    Frog tape is the bomb!!!… love it, have used it for scenery and fancy finishes on theater backdrops, excellent product! looking forward to the latest color!

  12. I have finally faced the “fear” of painting and am venturing out WAY beyond my comfort zone (thank you Miss Mustard Seed for your encouragement and inspirations!). Because I am a novice and just now experimenting with paint tape, I am THRILLED to know that the trick is taking the tape off while the paint is still WET! My question however is what to do if I am priming AND painting or having to do TWO coats of paint. Do I tape twice??? I did recently prime and paint (two coats) and left the tape on from start to finish. What I got was a nice little “seal” (ugh!!) between the tape and the surface that I painted which meant some of the paint also came off the painted surface when I removed the tape. Any tips or suggestions for when doing two coats?? Would you tape twice?? Thanks so much!!

    • Erica F says:


      You can always use a razor blade or box cutter to “score” the line between your painted edge and the tape edge just prior to removal if you are concerned about pulling paint away, especially when using latex paint. It helps.

  13. sonny says:

    I need to pick up 2 rolls of that.. 2 walls with crown and 8 pieces of furniture to paint the bottoms of.

    I hope it works better than blue tape- which never works for me.

  14. I love frog tape too! It’s fantastic. :)

  15. Linden Townhouse says:

    I love Frog Tape too, ever since I was one of your Frog Tape giveaway winners when I was one of the twenty early followers!

  16. Christy says:

    Where can I order Frog Tape? Living overseas with the military puts me at the mercy of what the European stores carry, and their tape is even worse than the good ole blue stuff.

  17. Marsha Stopa says:

    Thanks for the tip and recommendation. I just noticed Frog Tape and wondered about it this weekend.

    My landlord has given me to permission to paint whatever I want, and he has nearly every room trimmed with cherry-stained crown molding, baseboards, trim and chair railings. Not my style, but it’s a new challenge to decorate around.

    Frog Tape could save me a lot of touch up work!

  18. Thank you! corners are always hard, and your tip is kind of a “duh” moment…..
    And I have seen frogtape, and it is always more expensive. Is it really worth the extra $$?? If it is, I will jump on board! Thank you for the tips!!!

  19. Ah ha!! A chisel, now why did I never think to do that? Brilliant idea, and I do love frog tape.

  20. I always go for the green. I think it’s the best for painting on fabric. (I used to use when I made painted chalkboard label laundry bags.) Can’t wait to see all of the Grain Sack piece.

  21. I wondered if the frog tape was really better than the blue tape so I did a test. On a dresser I was painting with blue & white stripes, I used some of both. The frog tape came off clean everywhere while there were touch ups with the blue stuff. I just bought more yesterday!

  22. ooooh! I can tell I’m going to love this piece and Grain Sack! As if I wouldn’t have…LOVE all your pieces! lol. Hearing a lot about frog Tape these days! Maybe I should try some!

  23. Lorretta from NH says:

    Yeah Frog Tape! I was a facilities supervisor before retiring last summer and frog tape was my go to for all my painting projects. I could never have enough good to say about the nice clean ending to everything I did or had done when using it. I just knew that someone as good as you would use it too!! Can’t wait to see the grain sack painted project.

  24. Sue Pagels says:

    Good to know – I always used the blue stuff, which never came off correctly and did bleed thru sometimes. I will certainly try Frog Tape! Thanks for the info!

  25. I’ve never tried Frog Tape, but I will now! I was thrilled with your hint about using the chisel to make the smooth corners… GENIUS!!!

  26. I love the reflection of the photographer in the secretary’s reflection. Is that you taking the photograph? I love that it makes it all so real.
    I also use the green tape after having had bad experiences with the blue. Working on a desk and resser now, but I’m just starting out.. Would love to get my work to look as beautiful as yours!!

  27. Thanks, I was wondering if it really worked! Next time I’m at the hardware store I’ll grab a roll.

  28. Alice says:

    Marian, I’ve had major bleed through with blue tape, also….I love frog tape ,have never had a problem any

    of the times I’ve used it….Right now I’m in the process of painting the entire interior of my home , and so far

    I’m on my 5th roll of frog tape…..Love it……..

  29. Julie says:

    Do you think it would work on glass….so that I could paint the frame without taking the paper and art out of the frame….

    so I could cut come corners too? Thank you!

  30. How exciting! You see I just pulled an old favorite picture out of the closet but the frame needs a serious update… and I was concerned about the outcome because in the past I’ve dealt with a LOT of bleed through. :(

    Thank you for your inspiration… (trust me its what i need right now.)

  31. Frog Tape rocks! I use it on all my quilt boards. I need a fine, no bleed edge, and this product delivers!

    We also used it on the turtles backs for numbers in our community Terrapin Race for our annual Polk Sallet Festival in Gainesboro Tennessee. It was the only product that did not come off their little shells! That told me it was good!

  32. Oops. Not to worry, terrapin lovers… did come off when we wanted it to!

  33. Denise T says:

    Just bought the blue one. Saw frog tape at Lowes last Saturday .Wondering if it works. I will get this type next time.

  34. Thanks for the great tip on cutting the tape in the corners! I’ve always had a problem with those.

  35. Can’t wait to see Grain Sack in all it’s glory! I just bought a roll of Frogs Tape, so glad to hear it does what it says it does :)

  36. Jessica says:

    …and around that time you had a Frog Tape giveaway which I won. I am emailing you pictures from my phone to show you what it did on my wall. I love it!!

    Due toa very long wall from entry to main wall in living room, we changed color at an imaginary boundary line. It looks great and people ask often how we got it so nice!

  37. I have been wanting to try this product ever since I saw it for the very same reasons. Thanks so much for the review! I’ll have to go get me some. This is like the 3rd or 4th product you’ve recommended that I’ve bought. I can see why they sponsor you. (And I am living happily ever after with my Vintage Skye garden rail pulls. I love them!)

  38. I got some at Haven and need to try it out! Your piece looks great…so far!

  39. I LOVE Miss Mustard Seed but I HATE frog tape. im thinking of making a giant tape ball for the dogs tp play with in order to get rid of the rest of it…oooh or maybe make basketballs for me and my nieces to play basketball??? I think that sounds like a winner idea!

  40. Happy to be on the Squad with you!

  41. Marian,
    You introduced me to frog tape from that early post and I’ve been a devoted fan ever since. In fact I’ve told several friends about it’s quality clean, crisp edge. I had always been disappointed with the bleeding I experienced from other painters tape.

  42. Hi Marian, I used frog tape for the first time on my parcheesi dresser ( which you featured a few weeks ago, thank you) and it worked very well for those crisp lines… Still had a very little bit of bleed but not as much a the other tapes I have used in the past.

  43. Tracey says:

    It was nice to read your old blog post and see how you have found your voice in your writing. That you were gutsy enough to get out there and write before you had that voice is further inspiration to me. Maybe now I won’t be so shy about starting my own blog!

  44. Using a razor blade works, too, I use one of the holders for the blade to keep my fingers safe. I’ve been doing that for years instead of trying to eyeball the cut with scissors. I have not tried the Frog tape yet, but it’s on my list.

  45. I’m a frog tape lover also!!I usually use a razor blade for clean corners:) The chisel is a great idea!!

  46. Denise says:

    I think a few rolls of this will end up in my daughter’s Christmas stocking. She never crafted until she joined a sorority and now she’s a maniac. Since she’s alittle OCD this will keep her lines clean.

  47. So, it looks like you did not strip this piece of furniture before painting. Is that correct?

    I will be moving into a new house soon, and I was thinking of refinishing some of our existing furniture and design our new interiors on a budget. I love the idea of painting the furniture myself, but the idea of having to strip everything BY HAND does not sound appealing to me at all. I now know that I will definitely be using Frog Tape to mask off areas I don’t want painted, but if I can discover a way to paint my giant bookshelf without having to sand it by hand first, I would be very, very happy.

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