A new friend (Betty) shared her bench with me on Facebook. Betty doesn't have a blog, but you don't need a blog to be featured on My Repurposed Life. I love great repurposed items. Betty repurposed 4 chairs into this oh so cute bench!
Are you a thrift store shopper? I am! I go every couple of months it seems. It's something I've enjoyed doing since college when I decorated my first apartment with thrift shop finds. I
found a sunny yellow "fabric" at the local thrift shop for 99 cents and a vision of this yellow throw pillow with contrasting white piping and a monogram came to mind. I love when a vision hits like that! Instead of monogramming with embroidery, I went the easy route and painted it using a fabric paint pen and making a monogram template from fonts I had on Microsoft Word. Details on how I made this pillow can be found on the blog link: http://www.lilikoijoy.com/2013/05/poppin-som.... I couldn't help myself - yes, there are a few Macklemore Thrift Shop references in this post...
Painting fabric is something I always wanted to do. I've seen gorgeous examples on Pinterest and knew I had to try. This chair from my grandmother is the perfect chair to try it on. It's
a chair that I always sat in at her house. At the time it was covered in a textured orange vinyl. After she gave it to me I had it recovered in gold velvet, in the 80's.
The project is a great way to get a new look with out spending a fortune.
Here's how I did it;
first I sprayed the fabric with water to really wet it down. Next, I mixed together equal parts acrylic paint and textile medium, thinned it with water and painted the chair in many thin coats, letting it dry thoroughly before adding another coat. I sanded any spots that felt stiff or rough between coats and that really made the fabric soft.
You can read all the details HERE, http://www.thebungalowblog.com/2012/01/paint...
I can recommend this technique for a chair in a guest room or one that is not used a lot. The fabric will still be somewhat stiff but does get softer with sanding. The success of this project depends on the type of fabric. All fabrics will take paint differently and this works best on fabric that doesn't have a nap. My chair had velvet, so I had to do quite a bit of sanding. Give it a try, the paint does not rub off on your clothes and you can make a sad chair look very happy again!
Commented on May 01, 2012
really nice. I loved to create something that can be reversed