When I was looking for material for the chair I found in the neighborhood I decided to use drop cloth material. I use it in many projects. I like the color and it is cheap and durable. It is one of those things that can be dressed up or dressed down. I choose the drop cloth material for the Glorious Imperfect Chair because I knew it would give it an elegant farmhouse look.
Using the old piece of material I took off from the chair as a pattern I cut a piece of drop cloth material for the new upholstery.
When I was at Michaels looking for something else I found a stencil in a French design and knew it would be perfect. This was the day I was at Hancock Fabrics so I had the chair on my mind. That is when I decided I would use the drop cloth and the stencil would add to this poor worn out chair.
I sprayed stencil adhesive on the stencil and centered it on the material.
I used my gold craft paint mixed with fabric medium and proceeded to stencil the drop cloth. Just laying it on the unfinished chair was a boost.
My next step was to recreate the double welted cording. Which by the way I have never done. I used my plumb line to snap a straight line so I could cut out the fabric strips. I found the best tutorial at Hearts and Sharts. Dena shows how to do this in my mind, overwhelming task. She takes the fear right out of it. It didn’t take long to make the cording, I made more then what I needed so I knew it would be enough to go around the cushion.
At first I thought the piece of drop cloth that I cut out and stenciled was too small. I even stenciled another one and cut it out bigger. Then I thought go for it and see what happens, I used the first one I made. I used my stapler and compressor and started stapling. I was really liking it.
Once the drop cloth was stapled, I stapled the bottom fabric to the chair. I probably didn’t need to take it off but I washed and ironed it. Is that a strange thing to do? Maybe but I like to make sure it is clean.
The cording was hot glued around the edge of the drop cloth upholstery to hide the staples.
I sure love using drop cloth for decorating projects. It really has a nice texture and it is so inexpensive. I think it gave the chair an elegant farmhouse look. Do you?
Materials Used In This Project
- Compressor with stapler
- Drop Cloth similar to what I use
- Gold Craft Paint similar to what I use
- Fabric Medium similar to what I use
- Stencil Adhesive
- Stencil Brush
- Upholstery Stapler Remover
- needle nose pliers
What Goes Better With Fresh Then Farm
What Goes Better With Fresh Then Farm? When I went to the rummage sale and found two signs, one of them had the word fresh and it has little hanging shaker pegs. Today’s project will show you what I did with that one. I will post about the other one soon.
I couldn’t believe someone donated this little sign with the pegs. This look is so in right now. I had no doubts about what I was going to do. After all what goes better with fresh then farm?
I dragged out some boards from my stash and arranged them on the driveway to get an idea of how many I would need to make the wood base for the sign.
I gathered up five nice boards and measured them at 21 ½ inches. Out comes the miter saw and away I go. Then I ended up using left over wood floor planks for the back side. I nailed them to the five boards so that they spanned each board.
When I finished that, I used my old standby DIY chalk paint recipe in creamy white and brushed it on.
I selected a 4 inch stencil in a font that went with Fresh. After determining where I wanted it, I used my chalk line to give me a guide to place the stencils on. I always draw it on and paint but you can stencil it also.
Of course the Farm looked way to new so I got out the sander and sanded it off. Then I felt like the bottom of the letters were too worn and repainted them. And sanded. And guess what the paint came right off again like before. I left it since the look was supposed to be from an old farmhouse. The boards were waxed with clear wax.
I use E6000 glue to attach fresh on the boards and clamped it. To hang it I screwed in the eyelet hook in the back and used picture hanging wire.
Now is that not a good way to put together Fresh with Farm?
Materials and Tools I Used
Fresh Sign I tried and tried to find one for you but just can’t come up with it. But you can get a sign with a word and then buy the shaker pegs and create your own. Hmm prehaps another project I can show you.
Pallet Board or 1 x 3 board furring strip.
Paint Color for boards and letters
4″ Genie Alphabet Stencils
Plaster of Paris
Compound Miter Saw similar to the one I use
Picture Hanging Kit