Okay, so this is one of those room challenges where it only would take me a good weekend to complete. So without giving the room away, I figure I would share a tutorial on how to create a simple pattern on (upholstery) fabric using paint. This chair is actually going in my son’s room, so it is perfect for this challenge. I really did not want to spend money on a new bench considering the one that I want would exceed the whole room budget so I shopped my house and came up with this solution.
Materials for Creating a Simple Pattern on Fabric
- Canvas or Duck Fabric
- Foam brush
- 3-Craft paint colors of choice
- Masking/Painters tape
- Paint tray
Steps to Create a Simple Pattern on Fabric using Paint
- create a repeating pattern using masking tape. I created a subway looking pattern with the tape. You want to do this so your pattern lines up.
- With your watered down paint and foam brush, paint little “petals” by dabbing your foam brush on the fabric.
- With a different paint color (watered down) repeat step two, but paint petals in the opposite corner mirroring the first set of “petals”
- Once both sets of petals are completed, dab the corner tip of your foam brush in the yellow paint and apply the paint in alternate corners in the squares.
- Once all the paint is dried, remove the tape.
- To set the paint, heat dry your fabric to set it. If you are going to set using an iron, be sure to flip the fabric on its backside or place a towel over it and iron as normal.
When I first decided to give this MCM chair a makeover, I was a little afraid. This chair was a $7 thrift store find that went from having a paisley seat, to a chic-black-cool cushion, to now. Instead of working with pinks and red, I chose a more subtle color selection, in hopes that my son would find this chair as awesome as I do…and these are his favorite colors. You can catch up on my other DIY’s for this space here and here. You can find my plans for my son’s room, here.
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