Are you ever afraid to try a new technique because you aren't sure how it will turn out? I have been wanting to try painting a fabric covered piece of furniture for awhile now but was just too scared for fear of ruining it. When a friend of mine recently posted a picture of an arm chair he painted, I knew it was time for me to break out of my shell and try it for myself!
Of course I wanted to start small so I decided that my little footstool that I got at an estate sale years ago was the perfect piece to try it out on. I got it for my reading nook and it has been covered with a blanket just waiting for a makeover.
I didn't want to do anything too crazy to it and I wanted it to be versatile. I use it for props in photos so it needs to be able to be used in many different situations. I decided white was the way to go. I researched online about painting fabric and what I would need--acrylic paint, textile medium and a spray bottle of water. I have to say, it turned out great!
It took quite a few coats of paint to cover up the bright pattern, but with the heat outside, it didn't take too long to dry. My husband and his brother thought I was crazy for painting it but I don't care what they think. I love it!
The final touch was the eyelet lace going around it like a skirt. One yard of lace fit perfectly around this little stool. It is just tacked on there with a straight pin so I can change that up as I want.
I think I might have to try my hand at painting something a little bigger next time. Probably not a couch or anything that big, but maybe a small chair!
It looks pretty cute in my little reading nook. Now I will have something pretty to put my feet on when I am in there reading a good book. I am so glad I took the plunge and tried painting fabric! Now what else can I do that I have been to afraid to try?