Making: A Stenciled Chair

Here’s my second project for the 12 Months of Martha… I found this old chair on the side of the road a year or so ago (I thought it was cute and could use a new life!), and it needed so much sanding to re-stain it that I spray painted it Lagoon blue on a whim. It looked intense! But I’ve left it like that for almost a year now, and set folded blankets on the seat to cover the weird holes from removing the upholstery. When I saw adhesive stencils in this month’s supply box, I thought it would be an easy way to add some pattern to the chair, since the adhesive makes it a lot easier to reposition along curves. So I stenciled all along the front edge of the seat, as well as the top of the back rest. It’s not perfect, but it was actually really fun and makes me want to start stenciling all kinds of things now. I like how it subtly breaks up the bold chair color…

It also finally prompted me to recover the seat too. I figured the simplest way was with rope, especially since I no longer had the upholstery template around (oops). Q helped me do this to the top of an accent stool once with jute, but this time I used a softer clothesline rope (I also tried tacky glue here instead of liquid nails, and it’s definitely not holding together as well). To be honest, now that it’s done, I don’t love this rope with the paint pattern, but it looks a whole lot better than it did. Not bad for a free chair!

A few things I used: – free, old chair for experimenting – spray paint (Lagoon blue)

– paint for stencil (Martha Stewart Craft’s blue, happens to be chalkboard)

– adhesive stencil (Pretty Borders) & foam pouncer – clothesline rope & tacky glue (for seat)
(This post is part of the 12 Months of Martha, using Martha Stewart Crafts provided for a project each month. I’m donating/giving away my supplies and if you know of a local organization in need of craft items, please contact me!)

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