I’ve been so keen to try painting on to fabric for ages but never really got round to it until now. I had a very, very old chair that I picked up for really cheap at an auction for about a tenner. I bought it because I loved the shape of it and I have a bit of a soft spot for chairs. At the time I bought it I figured I would eventually have it upholstered but after meeting the lovely Catherine from DaintyDressDiaries at Bloom last year who told me about a seat that she had painted I was intrigued. Mr V thought I was crazy but I figured what the heck I’ll give it a shot. As an Autentico Paint stockist I have the best possible products and the nicest selection of colours for this project. Amazing what can be achieved with the right colour combinations, Chalk Paint, a stencil and coloured waxes. I can’t stress though how important it is to think about (a) the style, look and feel that you would like to achieve and (b) colour combinations of the piece that your going to upcycle so that you end up really happy with your piece. So I recommend giving it some thought and think it through before you start. Oh ya and check out Pinterest for some inspiration OMG its a haven for all things beautiful – you can find my Inspiration Boards here. I was pretty chuffed with the transformation. It’s going to be a chair in a guest room so it’s purely for decorative purposes.
This is the chair before the transformation – dull, dated and pretty dingy but just look at the shape – ahhhhhh love it. It’s all about potential so visualise what it ‘can’ look like 🙂
I tend to obsess a little when it comes to choosing the right colour scheme and colour combinations. The room the chair was going to be in has white floorboards and a light blue/grey wall. So I went with Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint colour ‘Gris’ (a very pale grey with a subtle blue undertone). As a huge fan of that coastal/white washed look I decided to white wax the hands and legs of the chair.
What I used:
Water spritzer (just empty out and wash an old cleaning spray bottle)
Cut the top off an old 5 ltr water bottle and decant some of your paint here
Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint ‘Gris’
Autentico White Wax
Autentico Clear Wax
Autentico Silver Sparkling Wax
Small wax brush for stencilling
Autentico Wreath Stencil
What I did:
Clean down the wood part of the chair with sugar soap, then wipe down with a damp cloth and let it dry. Then sand these wooden parts, clean it down again and let it dry.
Using the makeshift water spritzer spray a light mist on to the fabric. I decanted some paint into an old 5 ltr water bottle (just cut off the top part) and watered down the paint slightly with a few tablespoons of water and give it a good stir (chopsticks make great stirrers 🙂 Apply a coat of paint and leave it to dry. Give a gentle sand over the paint and clean down. Apply a coat of wax. I try and leave about 12 hours between the coats of paint and between coats of wax.
Below is after 1 coat.
Apply the second coat of paint (watered down with a few tablespoons of water and mixed). Leave it to dry and then sand. Clean down. Apply a coat of wax. I try and leave about 12 hours between the coats of paint and between coats of wax.
Apply a third and final coat of paint (watered down with a few tablespoons of water). Leave it to dry. Below is the difference between the second and third coat.
To white wax the handles use a white t-shirt or wax brush to rub the white wax on to the handles.
After mulling over lots of different shapes and size stencils this french inspired wreath stencil was exactly what I was looking for and I thought the style and size would work really well with the style and shape of the chair. Then I had to decide on the colour. So I wanted some contrast but I wanted something that would be subtle so I chose this stunning fabulous Silver Sparkling Wax. I am a huge fan of coloured waxes. They’re so versatile and so easy to use. The effect isn’t necessarily Sparkling but more a gentle shimmer which was exactly the look I wanted.
Affix the stencil to the piece and using a small little wax brush I used a very tiny amount of wax and gently brushed the wax into the stencil. Less is more when stencilling. If you dip the brush into the wax and there’s too much on the brush just dab the excess on to some paper/card. You really need a very small amount of wax and just take your time working your way through each area of the stencil.
1 day later I applied a final coat of clear wax and thats it.
It takes a few days between applying each coat of paint and waxing so it’s a slow project but so worth it. I am so so happy with the result and if you have a piece that your thinking about doing my advise is ‘go for it’. Think about the style or finish that your after. Think about the colour scheme of the room that it’s going into so that it fits in with the rest of the decor.
So I would love to see your projects and if you’d like to share them please send them in to me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions at all or if you need paint I stock the Autentico range so please mail me or call me on 087 9556434.
But most important have fun.
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