This is a chair I painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Old White) and then recovered in a "Faux" Grain Sack that I hand painted. I love the look, but if you are like me...they are just too EXPENSIVE. I have never seen one for less than $40.00 here in the Midwest. That is just a bit too salty for me. So I decided to paint one using some acrylic paint, fabric medium and you guessed it... a painter drop cloth. Here is a list of supplies you will need.
- 1 prewashed and dried drop cloth. (no fabric softener)
- Masking Tape
- Painters Tape
- A paint brush, sponge brush, or roller
- Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
- Fabric medium
- Paint palette
- Palette Knife for mixing paint (optional)
|Here you can see the roller I used. I purchased this at Michael's for $1.99. I think it works better than a brush or sponge brush. The coverage is more even.|
|This is the palette paper I used. I LOVE this stuff. If you do a lot of painting like this, it's worth the investment. I have had mine for probably 8 years...it last a LONG TIME. But foil, wax paper, a plastic bag would all work just fine too!|
Next you are going to tape off your 1st stripe (you choose the width) using masking tape. I like this over painters tape (we will use this later) because it sticks to the fabric better and less leakage. Simply load your roller and begin rolling over the fabric you want painted. I think a lighter coverage looks more "authentic" than a heavy coverage. But again, the beauty of this project, it's completely adjustable to your taste!
Once you remove the masking tape (this can be done in about 5 minutes of painting), you are left with one stripe. You can leave it at this or go to the next step
Tape OVER the stripe you just painted. Trying to keep the same amount of masking tape on both sides of the painted stripe. This space will be the space between your already painted stripe and the new ones you will be adding.
Now, tape a Spacer Tape (2) right next to the center stripe (1). The taped edges should butt right next to one another. Then you will add another piece of masking tape (3) next to your spacer tape (2), again butting the edges together. This piece (3) will become the edge of your new stripe. You will need to do this twice. See picture above.
This is where the painters tape comes in! Add a piece of painters tape to the edge of the #3 pieces of masking tape. This should slightly over lap the outside edge of #3 masking tape. This will give you extra "painting" room so that you don't get paint on the fabric where you don't want it. Now go back and remove both #2 pieces of masking tape....this will be where you paint your new stripes.
|This is what your painted piece should look like before removing any tape.|
This is the completed "Faux" Grain Sack after all the tape is removed.
Repeat the above process for the number of pieces you need to cover your project! Once your fabric is dry...wait at least one hour, then you will need to "heat" set your fabric with a hot iron. Refer to Fabric Medium directions for this. That's it...now you are ready to recover your project of choice.
|The chair from the front!|
|The back of the chair!|
Happy Painting! The possibilities are now endless!
Ciao for now! Kellie
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