Fun with Fabric Footstool Painting!

I have wanted to try painting a fabric something for quite some time now. But I had never found just the right piece that I could paint (so that if I really messed it up, I could recover it myself…) So, along came this floral footstool- quite solid and sturdy, but somewhat dated with its pretty pink floral brocade fabric.

Painted Footstool Before

I thought, what the heck, it is worth a shot…so I grabbed my can of Annie Sloan Old White and got to work. Now, apparently there is not much of a trick to painting fabric, other than a few simple tips to ensure a good outcome. First, wipe down the fabric and make sure there are no greasy or oily spots. Then, just dampen the fabric (not wet, just damp). The brush style really doesn’t seem to matter- just make sure its big and soft and bristly (is that even a word?) so you are able to smoosh (that is definitely a word) the paint into the fabric.

Painted Footstool Annie Sloan Old White

It took three layers of paint to completely cover the textured fabric with an even coat of the paint. This is the fabric after one coat. Flowers still blooming!

Painted Footstool One Coat Annie Sloan Paint

Once I laid down the first, rather heavy, coat of paint and really worked it into the fabric, the second and third coats were simply to even out the white color. I am certain that a darker paint would only have required two coats, however. The legs, also dark in color, required three coats as well.

For the design, I decided on the French ticking stripe look that is pretty popular these days. Taping it off was a simple matter of proper measurements, and making sure to tuck the tape down securely along the edges to prevent the paint from bleeding. (Note the happy red frog in the background watching over me? My new reality…my family room is more land of flashing plastic than country living inspired these days : )

Painted Footstool Painters Tape and Measuring Stick

Extra tucking into the folds of the welting ensured a nice, clean edge all the way down.

Painted Footstool Taping Welting

For the stripes, I used a pot of Behr paint that I mixed myself- I am quite enamored with all things Fixer Upper right now, and this gray was a pretty close match to one in Joanna’s new paint collection (which, by the way, I am also dying to try. But I am waiting until her new chalk line debuts…). So I painted away, making sure that I brushed away from the tape edges, not into them to prevent bleeding under the tape.

Painted Footstool Gray Paint

Once I pulled the tape off to reveal the stripes, well, this is starting to look pretty sweet, right?!

Painted Footstool Pulling Tape

There were a few areas where the edges weren’t quite clean- and me being Type A perfectionist, I went back and cleaned those up with some AS paint on a small brush.

The next step was to sand it down with some 500 grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish. Apparently, with a smooth fabric, it gives the piece a silky finish. However, with a raised fabric, you need to be careful because overzealous sanding can cause the paint to be removed from those textured lines. So, I switched to a wad of super fine steel wool, and that did the trick. Woops, forgot the picture here…Sanding the legs to give it a bit of a worn appearance was all this piece needed to complete the look.

Painted Footstool Sanded Distressed Legs

Next up, the finish. According to the Annie Sloan book(s) I have, painted fabric should be finished with a coat of wax to ensure durability. But I didn’t have any on hand, and I am not sure I liked the idea of a waxy finish on fabric that little hands were going to be touching, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Luckily, Amy Chalmers from Maison Décor (our local Annie Sloan aficionado) came to my rescue with some tips on finishing the fabric footstool. So, no need for wax-so I went with General Finishes Flat Out Flat Finish-my personal go-to finishing product!

Painted Fabric Footstool W/ General Finishes Flat Out Flat Finish

It gave the stool a soft vinyl look- not shiny, but kind of glowy (I know, I am just making this stuff up now) Without the finish, the white would have turned yucky pretty quickly, of that I am certain (sticky baby fingers provide a kaleidoscope of colors and textures : ). But with two coats of FOF, this stool should stand the test of time- even in the nana-nursery- where it is currently residing by the rocking chair. Baby grandson is in the “crawling and pulling himself up on any surface” stage, so this is soft and sturdy and safe for all sorts of baby boy shenanigans.

Painted Fabric Footstool Finished in Nana-Nursery

So, there you have it. Fun with Fabric Painting 101. Would I do this on a chair? Not sure, but it would be worth a try, compared to having it slipcovered or re-upholstered, which costs more than a pretty penny (or a can of paint). I guess we will see how well it holds up in the Nana-nursery. And, now, in honor of St Patrick’s Day, a blessing for you: Irish BlessingHappy St. Patty’s Day Friday everyone!! x0x0 Susan

Hello, It’s Me.

Hello…..it’s me. I realize it has been awhile…I must have thought a thousand times…that I needed to write something. But it has been a crazy few weeks and time has just slipped by while life has taken over. Today I stop and exhale…for just a brief respite before I dive back into reality. Its funny how the things that you believe are so necessary for creating a happy and fulfilling life can, in an instant, take a back seat to the truly important things…love, friends, family, life. Today I proudly announce the arrival of our precious grandson, Declan, who made his way into the world 1 month ahead of schedule. He is a wee lad, but is absolutely perfect in every way.
Declan and Mom Original LogoCoach and I, along with his mommy and daddy and our collectively amazing extended families, are over-the-moon in love and are so excited to see the changes in him every single day as he grows bigger and stronger. He is surrounded by so much love and caring from both near and afar ( Bartlet the Frenchie is still not quite sure what’s happening, but he’s getting there too : ).

Bartlet Living Room CloseupSo please bear with me for the time being…my posts may be sporatic, but I promise there are many good things to come.  Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! xoxo Susan

The Nana-Nursery Diaries…The Rug

When designing a room, I find it essential to create a “mood board” containing all of the elements: styles, colors, fabrics, etc. This helps to create some cohesiveness in the overall design (at least, in my scattered mind…). And, I always need a “jumping off” point, some piece of furniture, architectural detail or fabric design that inspires the design for the space. In this case, it is this beautiful iron changing table I mentioned in last week’s post.

Nana Nursery Changing TableThe color is a dark pewter/bronze, so I’m working my color scheme around it. With changing table in place, what I needed next was an accent rug, something soft underfoot for baby to play on. But, since this is a guest bedroom as well, I needed to find something that wasn’t too “baby-ish”. After quite a bit of online shopping and a few trips to actual stores (that happens less and less these days it seeems…) I discovered this Sorel Rug “old world style” beauty online from Jerome’s Furniture in California.

Nana Nursery Changing Table and Sorel Rug FurThe colors are spot-on…a perfect blend of creams, grays and beiges, and the style of the rug is that “worn down, well-loved” look that is so popular today (without the scratchy exposed backing of rugs that actually do have worn-out spots). Now, a lot of the neutral nurseries I looked at online had pastel rugs, which were quite pretty (but we all know that pastel really isn’t my calling card…), and since I knew I was going to have darker furniture elements in the room, I wanted something with “weight” to anchor those pieces. What absolutely drew me to this gorgeous rug was the circular pattern with the floral and scroll inlays…

Nana Nursery Diaries Rug Detailwhich has now inspired the overall design of the room: vintage, old-world travel (I have maps, I have globes, mommy & daddy-to-be love to travel…perfect!) Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of a pattern to hide spills and stains…after all, this is a baby (and I’m sure…Bartlet the Frenchie’s)#Bartletthefrenchie room! This rug certainly fits the bill and more, thanks to Jerome’s Furniture , a family-run business based in southern California.

The Nana Nursery Diaries Sorel Rug Jeromes FurnitureThey have loads of furnishings and rugs and decorative accents to choose from online…very reasonably priced…believe me…I had a tough time deciding! So, with rug and changing table now in place (I know, amazing, right?!)…

Nana Nursery Diaries Sorel Rug and Changing Table…I need some help from you! Time to choose a paint color for the walls above the wainscoting-which will remain a soft, creamy white. Can you take a look at these Benjamin Moore paint samples and tell me what you think? The top three are Harbor Gray, (more true gray) London Fog (more beige) or Revere Pewter (slightly darker taupe undertones). I love them all and they are all in the rug!

Nana Nursery Paint ChipsSo many colors, so little time…I will update again next Friday…and every Friday until we are done! Have fun Friday everyone! Susan

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The Nana-Nursery Diaries

It all started with a changing table. Well, it actually started when our daughter and son-in-law announced that they’re expecting their first child in May! Which means that Coach and I are going to be grandparents for the first time. Beyond excited! So, since Bartlet the Frenchie

Bartlet the Frenchiealready knows us as Nana and Coach, we’ve decided to stick with those nicknames for the new baby, (no, we don’t know the gender, they decided to be surprised : ) With our kids grown and gone, Coach and I are empty-nesters, which means we have two spare bedrooms to use for other purposes. One, our son’s old room, is a guestroom/office (which is where I do most of my writing),

Nana Nursery Diaries Office Study Logothe other (our daughter’s childhood room)

Pink Girl's Bedroomis simply the ironing board/spare closet room for me. Initially, my intention was to just keep a pack ‘n play handy for baby visits, never intending to transform her old room into a full-on nursery, until I found the changing table…THIS gorgeous changing table…

Nana Nursery Changing Tableon a Facebook yard sale page…for next to nothing. It is a heavy pewter/bronze tone wrought iron beauty that happens to be the same shape and style as the wrought iron daybed she slept in as a child…so I guess it was just meant to be. When our children were babies, I didn’t have the time, or the means, to decorate a space from top to bottom…but here we go! So, what was once going to be a spare crib tucked in the corner has now become a “nana-nursery-to-be”… presently in the planning stages. And, since gray is the new pink and blue for nurseries this year and the changing table is pewter gray, I am going with a soft, gender-neutral palette of grays, taupes and creamy whites…

Nana Nursery Diaries Paint Chips…once the baby boy or girl has arrived, we can add in some color. I happened upon these neutral nurseries while doing some online searching/shopping- each one-although soft in palette…has such an impact that it is difficult to choose the design focus for the space…country, whimsical, nautical, old world charm…but one thing for sure, it all starts with the changing table.

This one from Pottery Barn Kids is whimsical…

The Nana Nursery Diaries Pottery Barn Kids NurseryThis one from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child is so elegant

Nana Nursery Restoration Hardware NurseryThis one from the Blog Sharps Farm is simply lovely

Nana Nursery Diaries Sharps Farm NurseryAny and all of these would be perfect for the nana-nursery, but this one is going to be special, created just for our newest family member! To see what I have pinned so far…check out my Pinterest page. There are only a hundred or so…It will remain a guest bedroom as well, so the decor needs to remain somewhat neutral. And, it goes without saying that I will be doing this on a budget, using craigslist finds and re-loved pieces from other sources.  I will be updating as I go along, painting and shopping and sewing…essentially transforming the entire space, hopefully in time for our new love’s arrival in May! And, I will be asking your for help as well…so many decisions to make, so little time, so much work to do….time to clear out the room! Have a super Sunday everyone…Susan

 

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