I literally turned a chair into a piece of art! Just look!
Pretty impressive if I do say so myself!
Here is how it happened. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to find not 1, but 3, of these fabric chairs on the sidewalk - big garbage day in the 'hood!
I actually drove past them 3 times - the frustration of having a car full of kids.
I did briefly consider dumping the kids to grab the chairs...but..well, you know!
On the fourth pass, I hardly dared hope they would still be there. They were.
I may have screeched 'STOP THE CAR' quite loudly.
The husband rolled his eyes and stopped the car. Happy wife, happy life right? (insert evil laugh).
So how did I get from a simple, plain, clearly missing its slipcover, chair, to this beauty?
Clean! I vacuumed and cleaned the fabric. It was pretty clean already, but I figured cleaning is ALWAYS a good call!
I then flipped my chair on its front and added painters tape. For this project, the quality of the tape is not important.
Spray your fabric with a light mist of water. Take a variety of paint colours. This woodland colours.
Be liberal with a paintbrush, randomly splodging the paint down! Whilst the paint is still wet, use a rag to dab paint across the fabric, creating a 'leaf' type effect.
Remove the tape - now comes the fun part!
Oh I LOVE this bit! You need an old credit card, or gift card and you can create some magic!
You need a brown and a black paint - I used testers of Coal Black and Chocolate from Fusion Mineral Paint.
To apply you need just a tiny amount of paint on your card and you sweep to the side. I think best explained in this short video clip.
It should look something like this when done. If you want to, practice on a piece of paper!
Flip The chair over and you are ready to paint. I taped the edges of my Birch Tree area.
Using a water sprayer I wet the fabric and began to paint. I used Ash from Fusion Mineral Paint.
Continue until the fabric is covered. Remember the coverage will vary according to the colour you choose.
Once the paint is dry (I left mine overnight), lightly sand with 180 grit paper. Remove the dust.
Apply a second coat. See how well it covers - and it is still wet in this picture!
Next, I tackled the legs. I chose an 'Ombre' finish. Most chairs will have wooden legs, but these are fabric so I needed to do something!
Ombre is not as scary as it sounds.
Damp the fabric and start with 2 colours.
I used my Ash from Fusion at the top and a white, in this case, Casement, at the bottom. Gently merge to 2 together.
I think perhaps this technique can be the subject of a future blog post!
I could have easily skipped this next step - but I wanted to add some interest and I happened to have an IOD transfer to hand.
My IOD was black, but one of their white ones would have been a showstopper!
I simply trimmed the transfer and applied it following the instructions. It takes only a few seconds.
Once in position I removed the paper backing and burnished the IOD to the fabric using the stick provided with the transfer.
It turned out wonderfully!
I used a brush to apply the Tough Coat. That is not white paint on my brush...just poor washing from me the last time I used this brush!
Wait for the Tough Coat to dry and you are done!
I LOVE it! and I have 2 more to do! Oh my!
I would love to know if you give this a go yourself!
Have fun out there!