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…again.

It is been three months (and a day) since my last blog post on June 25th. During these past few months of summer, we sold my mom’s condo and moved her into a sunny new two bedroom apartment, which she loves. Obviously, this is the before…”afters” coming shortly!

Moms Apartment 1We hosted the bridal shower,

Shower Marquee Chalkboard Signthen spent the summer prepping for the Kennebunkport wedding (more of that coming shortly but I will tell you that those sun umbrellas came in quite handy…)

Kennebunkport Wedding Pic Sunshineand Coach and I spent the weekends at the Barn at Todd Farm selling our “junk-tiques”.

American Flag Coffee Table VignetteWe managed to fit in a James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt concert at Fenway Park-absolutely incredible!

James Taylor at Fenway Park 2015I completely redecorated our guest bedroom

Nautical Bedroom Makeoverand finally finished both the Hall of Shame  (LOVING the new herringbone carpet-so soft!)

Herringbone CarpetAND the upstairs bath (that’s what happens when you have international guests coming to stay and the pressure is on : 0

Oak vanity with vessel farmhouse sinkDuring this time, I kept thinking that perhaps it was time to say goodbye to this blog because frankly, I really didn’t think I had anything left to say. Every time I was working on a new DIY project for the wedding (or the barn) I would start to take photographs…but then I would get distracted and forget until the project was completed.

Painting Globes for weddingWhoops. Or I would see something very similar to my project on Pinterest or on another blog and think “It’s all been done before. How many ways can you decorate a mason jar (turns out there are millions…)?

Mason Jar Margarita Wedding Shower FavorsWhy would anyone want to read what I have to say?” The pressure of just thinking about writing, never mind actually doing the writing had me teetering near the edge. But now, after being idle (for a quarter of a year!!) I realize that my walking away was just the stress talking…I just couldn’t handle ONE MORE THING. Now that the summer has ended and our lives have settled back into some sort of normalcy (until we start gearing up for wedding #2 in 2016 with our son Chris and his beautiful bride-to-be, Ashley),

#Crashley 1

it occurs to me that perhaps I have a little blog left in me. And I am hoping that you still have a little blog reading left in you? I’m not promising much, just a few snippets of our lives here and there and any interesting DIY projects-if I remember to take the photos along the way! I am staying true to my country design roots, but adding some fresh new country style decorating ideas for your reading pleasure. Oh, and one final piece of business. My current gmail account-countrydesignhome@gmail.com-has been repeatedly hacked and I’m sick of getting spam emails-FROM ME-selling Viagra and promising me millions of inherited $$$ from a king in a foreign land. Thanks, google. So I’m in the process of shutting it down entirely. My new email is changing to newcountrystyle@countrydesignhome.com, so if you’re trying to reach me (other than within the comments section of this blog) that’s where I’ll be. Thanks for being a patient and faithful follower…we’ll talk again soon, OK? Susan 

I’m a Bob’s Blogger!

Right. Huh? Who is Bob and why am I so excited about blogging for him? Well, Bob is none other than Bob Vila,

Bob Vila Photothe original American DIY’er and TV handyman/host of This Old House and Home Again, along with his new web series, Building Green. BobVila.com is a website dedicated to giving you the “HELP YOU NEED FOR THE HOME YOU WANT.” There are so many resources available for everyone from hapless homeowners to the most experienced contractors. SO, you ask, why am I blogging for him?!?  Well, Bob has a page for Bloggers-a Featured Contributors page that showcases “A Community of Bloggers who “Live and Die to DIY”that’s where you’ll find me and the links to my blog, Country Design Home!!

BobVila.com Home Page

My first official published DIY link? The Vintage Rolling Bar Cart.

Rustic Vintage Rolling Bar CartThis has to be one of my all-time favorite, most inspired DIY projects. And it’s posted for Bob Vila fans to read, along with a few other of my other most favorite DIY projects like my Love-ingly Restored Hope Chest.

Refinished Lane Mid Century Modern Hope Chest

and my recently-completed Antiqued Mirror On The Wall.

DIY Antiqued Mirror on BobVilaNation

I am pretty proud of the DIY projects I share, and now they are all together on one page for everyone to check out! And, as the weeks go by, I will be adding my newly completed projects, and possibly some oldies but goodies, like How To Shrink-Wrap Your Porch

Wicker and wood summer porch

and The Whale’s Tale.

 Whale Table  on Porch

Click here to check out my Featured Contributor page:

Bob Vila Nation

 And if you like what you see, could you be so kind as to add a comment or “favorite” my designs? Bob likes the love! Along with my projects, there are loads of other contributors who share information about everything DIY, like this “Rewiring a Lamp” from the AZ DIY GUY (I love his AZ DIY Guy’s Scary Warning – Electrical Edition)

Bob VIla Nation Rewiting a Lamp

or this DIY Bathroom Vanity by the Hudson Valley HandyMom

Bathroom Vanity Makeover Bob Vila Nation

There is just so much to see, so much incredible information to read, videos to watch, contests to enter, and of course, Country Design Home on BobVila.com. So make sure you check it out and let me know what you think. And now I am off to complete yet another DIY table makeover (that I will hopefully be posting to BobVilaNation very shortly). Have a terrific Thursday, everyone! Susan

 

Craftsy. Learn it. Make it. Love it.

This week’s High Five for Friday goes to Craftsy.com!

Their mantra: Learn it. Make it. It’s like going to community college night classes in the comfort of your own home-I wish I had thought of this! You know all those awesome hand-crafted items on Pinterest and Esty that you think “gee, how do I make that?!” And you are too busy, too stressed, work full-time, don’t have the tools or the knowledge or someone to show you how to make it happen? Well, this website is for you! It’s a free membership, you sign up and have immediate access to thousands of patterns and professional online how-to videos and information for everything from cake creations and crocheted clothing to decorating your nest. You learn at your pace, on your time, whether you are burning the midnight oil in your PJ’s or hanging out on the back porch on a lazy summer afternoon. They even have an online store where you can purchase the craft items you need for your projects. I have added a couple of my own designs to my Country Pretty page, and will be adding more shortly. (so for any of you out there that want to make a whale table of your very own, check my link soon). So whether you want to create a very special cake…

or crochet a hat (this one’s from Color My World Crochet– so pretty!)

Create a chalkboard sign 

Or antique a table…

…click on the Craftsy logo link above and get crafting!  TGIF everyone!!! Susan

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