*this is a sponsored post about Royal Design Studio Stencils. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever considered painting a piece of upholstered furniture? Have you seen the painted upholstered chairs around blogland? Where the upholstery fabric itself has been painted and not just the wood legs/arms? I’ve seen some in person – didn’t like them. In retrospect I think they may have been painted with latex paint – shudder. (not that I have a total aversion to latex paint – it is fine for walls)
Here is the before. I almost forgot to get a pic and I thought I didn’t even get one when I was doing the blog post. but I dug and found it!
When I was out garage sale-ing this spring in my little town I brought home a darling little leather-look chair. The upholstery is vinyl I think, rather than real leather and it was cracked and worn but was still a very comfortable chair. I passed it up the first time around but text my friend who was selling it later and told her to hold it for me and I’d be by the next day to get it.
My plan was to make a slipcover for the chair. And so the chair sat in my living room patiently waiting its turn in the long line of makeovers. A friend suggested leaving it as it was and just putting a cute ruffle around the bottom. I thought that sounded quicker than a slipcover.
Then I remembered this stencil I’d been given from Royal Design Studios. I was supposed to be doing a project with it this month. I have a cupboard stashed in my hubby’s garage that I plan to use this stencil on. But I wasn’t getting to that project this month. One day while thinking of this cute stencil, the chair caught my eye. And I envisioned the stencil on the chair. Not THAT sounded like a very quick makeover.
The Small Laurel Wreath Furniture Stencil, I found, is made up of 2 parts. You use #1, let it dry, and then position #2 and paint that one. I love laurel wreaths and this one is a wonderful size and I love the fullness of it when both stencils have been painted.
At first I was going to just paint on the stencil. Then I decided to spend a bit of time researching painted upholstery. And it wasn’t long before I had decided that Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan would look way different on upholstery than the latex splattered stuff I had seen. Out came the Pure White – I just love this color. I used Paris Grey for the stencil.
And for the dipped legs. No I did not actually dip them in paint. It’s just called that. I used my beloved Frog Tape after I had painted the legs white, to tape the line where I wanted the grey to start. I am in love with this chair! I don’t think I can give it up! LOL! I have no room to keep it so it will head to Springfield in September if I don’t sell it before that.
I painted the chair, stenciled the chair, painted the grey on the legs, and then I waxed and buffed the whole thing. All of it. I wish I could find the blog I read about painting and waxing velvet upholstery. The technique they used was cool and they said it looked and felt like old leather. For some reason I don’t seem to have bookmarked the post 🙁 I’ll have to dig around and try to find it again and see if perhaps I was smart enough to at least pin it. I can’t remember. I was too excited to get started on my chair and see the finished result I guess!
If you would like to do some projects that include stencils I highly recommend Royal Design Studio. They provided the stencil to me for free, but the opinions about their products are all mine. I won a giveaway on a friends blog several months ago and was very excited with the selection of stencils they had. You can see the stencils I picked here. You can see other projects I did with those stencils here, here, here, and here.
I loved the projects I did with the other stencils, so when I was contacted about doing more projects with some stencils from them I was delighted. I picked 2 stencils I liked and they sent me both of them! The other one is a wall stencil and has turned into a much bigger project but I hope to have it finished up to at least start sharing it with you in a couple of weeks.
So if you like stencils, or if you would like to get a whole new attitude about stencils go check out all the great stuff Royal Design has to offer. (stencils are much more than geese, hearts, and flowers 😀 ) You can do so much with stencils – think outside the ’80’s box!
Have you used stencils lately? Would you like to? What project would you do with a stencil?
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