Before I get into today’s post, I have to mention … Fusion’s Park Bench green on mid-century pieces seems to be a magical combination. The dresser I posted on Wednesday is already sold. Once again, less than 48 hours from posting on Craigslist to being sold. I’m going to have to start painting everything green! How boring would that get for you guys?
Well, not to worry, today’s pieces aren’t green, and in fact they aren’t even painted … yet.
Do you guys remember the day for chairs last September? I ended up bringing home 8 chairs from a neighborhood garage sale.
I love the carved detail and the pretty curvy legs on this trio of chairs.
Shortly after bringing them home I decided to save two of the chairs to deal with later, but paint the third chair for my guest room.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Apron Strings milk paint and the milk paint did its fabulously chippy thing.
My plan all along was to paint and reupholster the remaining pair, using the Iron Orchid Designs Decor Stamps on some basic muslin fabric for the upholstery.
Here’s the Decor Stamps how-to.
Step no. 1 – pull out your fabric, ink and stamps and do some test runs to be sure that the ink you are using will work well on fabric, and that you like the color combo.
Not all stamp inks are appropriate for use on fabric, so it’s always a good idea to test your ink first (or read this great article comparing various ink brands for use on fabric). It’s also a good idea to see exactly how your ink color will look on your fabric before committing fully as well. I was totally expecting that I would use the Sepia colored ink for this project, but after trying both that and the Watering Can I realized that I much preferred the latter.
Also, I have to note here that I like to use ink rather than paint for any stamping project (whether it’s on fabric, wood or paper). Paint can be sloppy and harder to control than ink. I get a much crisper image with ink. That might just be my personal experience, but if you’re going to use paint be sure to fully test it on some scrap material first and make sure you like how it looks.
Step no. 2 – lay out your stamped design on the chair seats, making sure it fits properly.
I used stamps from two different sets of IOD Decor Stamps; the letters and no 2 are from the Alpha II set and the wreath and the crown are from the Grain Wreath set (by the way, the smaller wreath and rooster I used for my test are also from the Grain Wreath set).
Be sure that you have placed the pieces stamp side down with the smooth flat side up. If you have any letters or numbers in your design you should be able to read them as shown in my photo above.
Once your design is laid out just place your IOD 10″ x 12″ acrylic stamp block over them and press down lightly. It picks up the stamps almost like a magnet. That smooth side of the rubber stamp will easily cling to the acrylic block. At this point you could still change the placement of any of the stamps if you want to by pulling the individual stamp off and re-positioning it.
Now it’s time to ink up your stamp by pressing it into the stamp pad making sure it is evenly covered with ink (hold it up to the light and you can easily see if it’s well inked). Place your fabric on a flat, hard surface. The surface under your fabric is going to determine how well your stamp works so make sure it is flat and doesn’t have any concave spots. Place your stamp where you want it on your fabric (I tried to keep mine centered on a piece of fabric that was about 3″ bigger than my seat all the way around). Then press firmly on the block over all of your design trying not to rock the stamp, just press straight down. Use your hand to press down on the acrylic block above anywhere there is a stamp.
Step no. 3 – place the fabric over the chair seat, centering the design appropriately. Staple your fabric in place, and voila! you are done.
Once I had the seat reupholstered I decided to just pop it on the as-yet-unpainted chair quick to see how it looked. That’s when something really unexpected happened. I kind of liked it as is.
I totally did not see that coming. The finish is worn away in some spots and I think that is part of what I like about it.
So now I have to make a decision. Do I leave these chairs unpainted? In which case I would clean them up and maybe add a coat of hemp oil or wax for some added protection.
Or do I paint them? Most likely in a chippy look using milk paint in white, or maybe pale grey (check out my pinterest board full of chippy chairs for inspiration)?
Any thoughts? What would you do? Let me know with a comment.
And in the meantime, be sure to pin this post for future reference!