Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Painted Footstool

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?


12 comments:

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Trisha, your stool you painted looks amazing and so pretty! Thank you for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J this week!

Sherry Cole said...

This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I haven't tried it yet either...but you are inspiring me!

Laurie said...

Great makeover! Thank you for sharing it with us at Brag About It!

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

That's an adorable little stool! I love eyelet lace! Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday. Diane

Curtains in My Tree said...

It turned out adorable, love the little white eyelet shirt

I have painted 3 fabric chairs that I use in my studio
some need 3 coast some 2 depends on fabric

Jessica Pelasky said...

This is so cute! I love it!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Donna said...

It turned out great, Trisha! I don't think I've ever painted fabric either, but now you've made me want to try:) Your footstool is so cute!!

Conniecrafter said...

it turned out great, the paint covered the fabric nicely and like the lace on it too, it looks great with your chair!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful and stunning transformation! Your "new" footstool looks amazing, my friend :) Happy Monday! Hugs!

Have a Daily said...

It really turned out cute Trisha! Love the shabby chic feel it gave it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

The Charm of Home said...

Cute makeover!