Last summer while visiting the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Matt scored this awesome red chair.
The original intention was to paint the chair and use it as seating for our guest room. I mean honestly who doesn’t love having a nice place to sit down and put your shoes on? I primed the chair and Matt painted it an antique white color with thoughts of some distressing or something fun for the seat. But it never happened as usual with us our never ending Honey-do list got in the way of actually completing this task.
Fast forward 10 months (yes I said 10 … remember this a “judge free” zone), the chair was being used in the garage to put our shoes on and off when we worked in the yard and honestly it HAD to get out of our garage. I’m totally in love with this Pottery Barn Number Canvas (sorry guys they don’t sell it anymore).
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Since I love this so much I decided I wanted to do my take on this PB canvas and make my own number chair. I wanted a tone on tone look and opted to paint the back and legs of the chair turquoise. Leaving the seat antique white.
To make sure I got good coverage I painted the back spindles first and after an ample amount of drying time was given I used FrogTape Painters tape and wrapped the spindles so I could paint the seat.
This was much easier than painting the spindles last, it would have taken forever to tape off the seat and leaves a nice clean line!
While the paint was curing on the rest of the chair it was time to make my stencil. I used Adobe Illustrator to lay my numbers out changing fonts, sizes, and rotation as I went. Unfortunately I did not save the file to share with you, sorry guys! Once the design was complete Matt helped me use our vinyl cutter to cut out our stencil. With the stencil cut out I was able to “weed” away the areas that I wanted to show up as painted.
You will want to use a squeegee like the ones pictured above from 3M while applying your vinyl. It will help to insure a smooth bubble free area.
After a little bit of debating I decided to stencil my numbers in orange. If you have been following us you will know of my love of orange, turquoise, and white from my craft room. I stenciled the chair and waited a couple of minutes and removed the stencil. I added a quick coat of polycrylic and the number chair was complete and ready for use!
I love the Dr. Seuss style colors!
I think this chair will fit perfectly in it’s new home! Have you ever tried stenciling on a chair, I’d love to hear about it?