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Stencil DIY: Leather Club Chair Goes Drab to Fab!

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Have you become obsessed with Royal Design Studio stencils and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan? It's no secret that I am passionate about the possibilities of using both together. You may have seen my stenciled and painted sofa earlier this year on Paint + Pattern. I so loved it, that I wanted to do a "pleather" club chair that I picked up for $75 at a consignment shop. It is my home studio "curl-up-with-a-magazine" spot.
If you have a piece to try this on, let's paint! If not, fall is the perfect time to grab friends and a pumpkin latte to hit the Saturday morning yard sales.
One caveat: this is the perfect project if you are an experienced - or - adventurous stenciler. If you crave absolute perfection, a project with flat surfaces may be more fun for you. If you love trying something new, where the design pattern may have to fit imperfectly around corners and in nooks and crannies, great!
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
SUPPLIES
Royal Design Studio Kimono Allover stencil
Royal Design Studio's 2" stencil brush
Motsenbackers Lift-Off 5 to clean the stencil
Chalk Paint (R) by Annie Sloan: Olive, Country Grey and Old White, Annie Sloan paint brushes, Dark Soft Wax
Tape, no-lint wiping rags, low-odor mineral spirits, containers, water and plastic water bottle (if your piece is fabric)
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
STEP ONE
Give your piece a good cleaning. If it's fabric, just wipe with a cloth if necessary. Since mine was leather-like, I wiped it down with soap and water and dried it off. I decided not to paint the wooden feet, so I taped them off.
Using Olive Chalk Paint(R), paint two coats and let dry.
Pro-tip: If your piece is fabric, mist it lightly with water, using a sprayer. Pour some paint in a different container, add about 10% water for the first coat so that the paint will penetrate the surface of the fabric. Use full-strength paint for the second coat.
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
STEP TWO
Design your piece. Do you want it to be simple or ornate? Do you want to do an all-over pattern or just elements of the stencil ?
(Your stencil comes with a wonderful pattern-matching instruction - so check it out before you begin.)
Begin stenciling using Country Grey on the back. Why? Since it often will not be seen, it's a great place to practice. Of course, you can always repaint anything if you change your mind. Find a spot on the stencil that looks good as the center pattern, tape the stencil and begin stenciling the design.
Pro-tip: Sometimes the tape doesn't stick well, so have your paint, paper towels for off-loading and brush nearby in case you have to hold the stencil in place.
Continue stenciling the entire piece, filling in all the pattern in each section. For areas where it can be difficult to bend the stencil, you have to just cram it in place as best you can. You can use a small brush to fill in hard-to-reach areas. Really, no one will know
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
STEP THREE
In a clean container, mix one part Dark Soft Wax to one part mineral spirits to make a glaze to soften and age the look. Using an old chip brush, brush on the mix in sections then immediately wipe off any excess wax. Wax the feet as well!
When complete, wait 30 minutes or so, then wipe and buff again with a clean cloth, until all areas are wax-free and have a soft finish.
  • painting stencil leather club chair, chalk paint, diy, painted furniture, painting, reupholster
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Got a question about this project?

  • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
    RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
    on Feb 24, 2015

    Beautiful! I used to not like stencil work but what you have done is really incredible! I am going to have to do more research on this methodology so maybe I can create something beautiful like you have done.

    • Royal Design Studio
      Royal Design Studio Chula Vista, CA
      on Feb 24, 2015

      @RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Hello! So glad you are making your way into the stenciling world :) Check out www.royaldesignstudio.com and http://paintandpattern.com for all the stencils, tips, and ideas that you need!

  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt Canada
    on May 28, 2015

    Like this - a lot. Would even have done the arms!

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN
    on Sep 17, 2015

    You did a great job, I love it!

    • Royal Design Studio
      Royal Design Studio Chula Vista, CA
      on Sep 17, 2015

      @Joan Thank you, Joan! We love using our stencils and Chalk Paint on upholstery!

  • Sandy Hartnett
    Sandy Hartnett Philadelphia, PA
    on Feb 8, 2016

    Stunning! Amazing what you created! Hugs

  • Cheryl acampora
    Cheryl acampora Virginia Beach, VA
    on Feb 10, 2016

    too gorgeous!

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