An easy way to give plain fabrics a fresh design. – And get some unexpected results!
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Some time ago (see Post 12) we used freehand painting design to pep up an old pair of jeans and an ugly t-shirt.
Today’s project is about polishing up two old deck chairs.
Spring is not too far away and I was looking forward to getting the garden furniture out again.
But first, some work had to be done: Our two old deck chairs needed a fresh look.
I didn’t want to invest a huge amount of fabric paint on the old chairs, so covering the large fabrics with freehand painting was not an option.
Considering different fabric painting techniques and their supply requirements, I finally decided to use stencils and fabric spray paint.
Chair No. 1 – Stencilling with a decorative mat
Some time ago I bought an inexpensive mat made from raffia which I planned to use to decorate the terrace. But I never did. Now it finally found its’ purpose, I used it as a stencil.
I placed the stencil on the deck chair’s fabric, and then, while moving it around, I sprayed it with green and black fabric paint.
Something went wrong! Was the stencil the wrong choice?
I soon had to learn that raffia is not the best stencil material.
It didn’t lie flat and even on the fabric, and as soon as it got wet during the spraying process, it heavily curved upwards. Creating an accurate design was not possible.
But have a look at the result, – it’s not that bad, is it?
Chair No 2 – Stencilling with a commercial plastic stencil
This time I used I stencil which I had bought in a crafts shop.
It lay flat and nicely on the fabric and the spraying left a clear image of the stencil’s design.
What’s wrong now? All the dots and stains on the fabric!
Soon, I had another learning point:
In the course of the spraying process, the stencil got wet with paint spray droplets. The plastic, of course, didn’t suck up the paint, and the next time when I lifted the stencil, the fluid paint on top of it dripped down on the fabric, leaving dotted stains.
Have a look:
Both deck chair projects didn’t work out as I had planned.
But, I like the unplanned and self-willed results! Our deck chairs definitely look much better than before.
And the new designs are absolutely unique. 🙂
What do you think about these unforeseen results? Has the project been a failure because it hasn’t developed according to my design idea?
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