Thursday, 22 December 2016

PAPERARTSY/STENCIL GIRL BLOG HOP

Hello there!

How exciting to be invited to join in with this amazing collaboration. We have a whole week of really great blog posts for you. All you need to do is follow the links (which I've listed below) to see a host of new ideas and inspiration using some amazing PaperArtsy/Stencil Girl mash ups. In addition, we have an awesome GIVEAWAY for you to get you in the party mood. One lucky winner will receive a monumental $75 worth of Stencil Girl Products AND £50 of PaperArtsy products. Be still my beating heart! Too good to miss? You betcha! All the details and links you need are at the bottom of the page, so read on lovely people; I hope you'll enjoy what I made.

I had a folding chair which has been much used and much loved but could really do with an update. Our chair comes out if we need an extra garden chair or if we are going out for the day so I knew I wanted a travel theme. I chose  PaperArtsy Hot Picks sets 1106 1218  and 1206 together with S307 Go Your Own Way With Arrows, L361 Are We There Yet, S161 Map 6  and S126 Mimosa 6 Stencils (which I think looks a bit like tyre tracks). I was so impressed with how well everything works together and thoroughly enjoyed making my project.


Because this chair will be bumped about a bit, I decided to distress it a little just to save having to fuss about chipped paint. It will naturally distress more over time, which I like.

The cushion is made from some old shirts belonging to my husband (don't worry, I got them out of the rag bag, not out of his wardrobe :oD)


I used Fresco Finish Paint by PaperArtsy throughout. The colours I used are Haystack, Slate, Mermaid , Bora Bora and South Pacific. To stencil the cushion, all I needed to do was add some Golden Fabric Medium to the paint just before stencilling and then apply in the usual way (I used a stencil brush). This ensures the paint works into the fabric and I was really impressed with the results. Adding the fabric medium fixes the paint well enough that the fabric can be washed.

On the back of the cushion I stencilled and stamped before quilting the arrow shapes with my sewing machine


I did the stencilling using Slate Fresco Finish Paint mixed with some Golden Fabric Medium, leaving gaps in the stencilling for my stamped images.


I was really pleased with how well the stamped images turned out. That is a testament to the quality of the red rubber stamps. You really do get a lovely crisp image with them. I used Archival Ink which I then set with a heat gun to make it permanent. Ink the stamp up really well and you should get a really nice clear impression.


Once I had stencilled and stamped all my fabric pieces, I joined them together so that I had two large squares just larger than the size of my cushion. I added a zip and, turning the two pieces of fabrics, so they were right sides facing, joined the two squares together to make a cushion cover - easy peasy. I also added ties to my cushion so that I can attach it to the chair.




For the chair itself, I sanded the whole chair lightly with fine grade sandpaper to prepare it for the paint.



I first painted parts of the chair with Seth Apter's Midnight Fresco Finish Paint. The dark blue paint won't actually show until I sand back at the end but I like the contrast you get when you get hints of another colour showing through the top coat of paint. I then went ahead and painted the whole chair with two coats of Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint. Believe it or not, I managed to coat the whole chair twice using just one small pot of paint. Impressive huh!? I thinned the first coat down a little with water, but only a little and I use a large stencil brush to scrub the paint into the surface of the chair. It works really well and seems to make the paint go a really long way.

Now for the fun bit. I stencilled arrows all over the seat of the chair in Bora Bora Fresco Paint



Next I added some lines of small yellow arrows in Haystack Fresco Paint. This ties it in with the cushion and adds a nice contrast with the blue. I also added some hints of yellow on the back of the chair to help pull everything together and break up the blue a bit.



Now for the stamping: I decided to stamp onto some good quality paper and decoupage it onto the chair rather than stamp directly onto the chair but you could do either. I stamped the images onto white paper and cut them out. I glued them onto the chair using heavy body gel medium and sealed them with a layer of gel medium over the top before leaving them to dry thoroughly. When dry I lightly sanded over the images and added another coat of gel medium which I left to dry again before sanding smooth. Now I could add my stencilled words and arrows with Slate Fresco Paint.



I left everything to dry for a couple of days and then sanded back areas of the chair for a distressed look. When I do this I tend to concentrate on the areas I know will wear naturally. Over time the piece will naturally continue to distress so it's constantly evolving.

When I was happy with everything I added a couple of coats of wax to the chair to seal everything and give a durable finish. I'm really pleased with how it looks and I know it will get years more use.



I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I made my project. Thanks so much for dropping by.  The fun's not over yet. It's time to go to Kristie Taylor's blog (Links to all blogs are below) for some more inspiration. Wait until you see what she's got in store for you.... You won't be disappointed.


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products

AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!


Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.




Lx

147 comments:

  1. What a fabulous project - I'm so inspired to alter a chair I just happen to have in the loft......Thank you xx

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  2. Wow Lauren!!This is such a fabulous project and love how you have used the products. Thank you for a great blog hop
    x catherine

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  3. Wow this is stunning, what a delightful chair! x

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  4. The chair and cushion are a perfect combination.

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  5. Wow, Lauren, the chair - and especially the cushion - are just amazing! it looks so comfy now.

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  6. your chair looks fab Lauren what a good idea x

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  7. Fabulous! Really outside the box! Kudos!

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  8. Fantastic project(s) Lauren. I never think to go this way with fabric...must add to next year's "ideas to try" list!!

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  9. I am especially in love with the pillow, making your own textiles is cool. I want to sew some throw pillows for our bedroom and now I'm thinking about making the fabric design myself, love what you did!! The colours are so pretty.

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  10. This is a wonderful project. The painting of the fabric is truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Totally awesome project Lauren.

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  12. Wow! That is a gorgeous piece of upcycling. The chair looks amazing & I love the cushion.

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  13. What an amazing piece of up-cycling .... I love it! The chair looks fab and I love the cushion xx

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  14. That's so cool, Lauren! Great tips too. :)

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  15. What a genius idea. They are perfect together. Such fabulous designs

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  16. Love this, it looks really clean and fresh with the beautiful colours you have chosen - a real inspiration. Rachel x

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  17. Fab cushions, what a great idea xx

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  18. This is epic! I have a couple of wooden folding chairs that may be a makeover this weekend!

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  19. Oh My! I am (almost) speechless! This is amazing! Chrisx

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  20. Wonderful project! Love the colour scheme!

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  21. WOWser! I just "hopped across" from the PA blog to admire your chair - it's glorious matey

    Seasons Greetings

    Kathyk

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  22. What an amazing project! I had to pick my jaw up off the floor in amazement! I love the finished chair cushions and the colors you choose. The details and stamping are fabulous! You are such an inspiration! Thank you

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  23. Wow what a change , you did a wonderful job. And I love that it's handy.

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  24. Wowzer - sensationally inspiration for the hop, Lauren. Your cushions look simply stunning - brilliant stencil and stamp and colour choices, and altogether fabulous work.
    Alison x

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  25. Absolutely brilliant! I know someone who would be delighted with a chair like this:-D

    Sally

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  26. Both the chair and the pillow look great.

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  27. Hi Lauren
    This is a really great project!! I think it is gorgeous, I wouldn't mind a set for my garden, and blue just happens to be my favourite colour. Just lovely.
    Love Angela x

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  28. Lauren, thanks so much for sharing this artwork of yours, and for choosing -- from among the many, many gorgeous StencilGirl stencils, my 6"x6" Mimosa stencil for some of the alternating patches on this beautiful pillow! May I have your permission to use some of your photos on my blog? -- giving you full credit, of course! If you want to check out my blog, it's here -- http://heartworkbycecilia.blotspot.com

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  29. Love it! you clever thing!...

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  30. What a wonderful project! I love all the details. Thank you x

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  31. Such a great way to spruce up an "old" chair. Not a color combo I'd have though of but the colors really pop together. Your stenciling is so neat! Now everubody is going to want that chair at parties....

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  32. What a lot of work! It came out beautifully! Love the use of color in sparing ways.

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  33. What a fabulous project, love the cushion. Enjoy your chair! Happy Christmas

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  34. Wowzers!! Stunning project love this Lauren
    Love
    Amanda
    PS have a fab Christmas x

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  35. Oh my! I would never have thought of this. I love the names of the paints!

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  36. wow, what a humdinger of a project and as for your husbands shirts, he is obvioulsy a shy retiring person LOL. Just loved how the fabrics and paints matched perfectly, just a great job.

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  37. Awesome project, such a great idea!

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  38. Brilliant....brilliant....brilliant...repeat for a looooong while!!!!!!

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  39. This is so well done. And yes, it is impressive that you painted the whole chair with on e pot of paint.

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  40. This is fabulous, so creative xx

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  41. That is an amazing alteration - I love them

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  42. Nailed it. Sending santa over to retrieve it, so when you wake up Xmas day... you know where to find it!! MINE .... mine.... mine. HAHA!

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  43. I just love what you did with that chair! Great idea. Looking around my house now.........

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  44. What a creative, fun idea. I have some chairs that need to be restored. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  45. This is one amazing project, Lauren - I love it! Fabulous design, and the quality of your stencilling and stamping on the different materials is brilliant. I love the idea of stamping images and then decoupaging them to the chair: very clever!

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  46. That chair!!!!!! I love it! It is so well done too! Thank you for the tips. I love all the ideas!!!❤️❤️❤️

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  47. I love the pillows and what a wonderful way to refurbish furniture.

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  48. Loved the chair and the cushions. The colors are wonderful.

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  49. What an amazing transformation!! Beautiful job making an old chair look new and fabulous!

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  50. Wow, this is taking it to the next level!! Everything is so crisp and detailed, just awesome!

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  51. Wow, I love the way you transformed the chair!

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  52. This would be the perfect addition to my guest room. Love the colors and stencils.

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  53. I would like this for the guest bedroom colors and stencils perfect.

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  54. Great project! Thanks for sharing :)

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  55. This is absolutely divine. Love it.

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  56. How cool is this! You'll motivate my sewing efforts...

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  57. Love all of these projects. Colors are awesome. Lively and entertaining.

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  58. Wow what a beautiful way to use these stamps, stencils and Fresco paints! i am in love with PaperArtsy's stamps and paints and you have introduced another way to creatively use these products Thanks for sharing your project with us!

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  59. How orijgomal! And cute!!! Thanks for sharing,

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  60. Love, love love this chair! poetryqn(at)optonline(dot)net

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  61. What a beautiful cushion! Love the colours.
    ( Annie )

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  62. Wonderfully creative project!!!! The result is awesome, absolutely perfect, and I'm sure you are going to love your old chair for many other years now!! :) x

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  63. As always, totally stunning Lauren! Amazing work and I love it! Kx

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  64. Absolutely super, love your pillows and chairs. Thank you for your inspiration. Merry Christmas, c21claudia@aol.com

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  65. Absolutely super, love your pillows and chairs. Thank you for your inspiration. Merry Christmas, c21claudia@aol.com

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  66. Brilliant as usual. You are very clever, Lauren x

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  67. Oh my, what a great result! I absolutely LOVE the travel theme...your chair will be a cherished piece for years to come. Thanks for posting!

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  68. What an incredible project!! Great idea and beautiful chair and cushion. xx

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  69. A brilliant transformation. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Gorgeous makeover! Will have to look into this better later on; I also LOVE to recycle furniture... Gorgeous stamps and stencils..

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  71. Fab project, Lauren, love it. The colours are so summery and cheerful, perfect for the garden or travelling. Great cushion

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  72. Just..........wow. That is amazing.
    cairnlae (at) hotmail (dot com)

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  73. Lauren. What a lovely idea. I love the chair colours and how well it matches in to the cushion. Fabulous use of the stencils! Jean.x

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  74. Fabulous project. You've given me some ideas for a couple of old chairs I have around xx

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  75. First, how great to have a folding chair that cute at your disposal! Secondly, its transformation is exceptional. I'm especially smitten with your pillow for it, but the details on the actual chair are wonderful as well. Awesome!

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  76. Great techniques and beautiful results!

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  77. What a clever idea and nice use of stencils, stamps, and paints. Looks great.

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  78. I am intrigued you used dark midnight paint underneath the lighter color for show through and how well the stencils and paint did on fabric! Thank you

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  79. I am in love with this chair and cushion! Love the colors, the way you distressed it, the combination of patterns and composition!! Thank you for choosing to incorporate two of my stencils into this lovely work!! So happy you are hopping with us! xoxo

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  80. Gosh, what to say? Love the chair, love the cushion, love the colours, love the design... Would love to take the chair away in my home ;)

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  81. Love, love, love the chair project! With the wax, do you have to go back and reapply? I need to look for something to try this with, you are an inspiration!

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    1. Hi Tracy. Thanks for your lovely comment. No you don't need to go back and re-apply the wax. Its just that I usually do a couple of coats if the furniture I'm painting is going to get a lot of wear. Hope that's helpful.

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  82. Amazing project - the results are just fabulous! Love the colors and your attention to detail.

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  83. I'd love to do something like this. You have inspired me to have a go. Just need to get a sewing machine! lol

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  84. Glad your husband was able to contribute to the project
    (even though he may not know it). The chair looks
    wonderful and the stamping on the back of the pillow
    is clear and crisp.
    thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. fabulousness!!I am truly inspired!!!

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  86. Fantastic! I love fabric and printing and your graphic design is wonderful. The chair is so cute. Great pairing in the home. Colors are favorites.

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  87. You are a true CHAIRWOMAN. I have serious chair envy right now.

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  88. what an amazing transformation - your result is beautiful - both the woodwork and the cushioning looks brilliant! Loving the arrows especially! Merry Christmas! Hugs rachel x

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  89. I love this chair. Thank you for a great idea. I think picking a theme makes all difference. Those stencials were used in the most clever way. I wish I'd thought of that! The cushion to match your traveling theme says you are So creative.

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  90. What a fantastic project! Love it

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  91. That is fantastic! Happy everything!!

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  92. Wonderful twist.Great colour combo thanks for inspiring

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  93. Love the project and the creativity. Plus how can you miss with turquoise?

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  94. Looks spectacular Lauren!
    Alison xxx

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  95. What beautiful art!
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Christmas!

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  96. OMG what a Great project you gave doen. Love the chair, love the cushion. Very beautifull print on the fabric. Really, really beautifull. Well a Merry Christmas to you !

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  97. Just beautiful Lauren! I really love blue and yellow together and it so suits the travel theme Xx

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  98. What a neat idea! So well executed, way cool! Merry Christmas, Autumn

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  99. When I redo my studio, I'm going to have a chair like this! Thanks for the directions!

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  100. Very cool! Now I need a chair to paint!

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  101. Now where's that chair DH confiscated... :)

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  102. I'm a fabric kinda gal... quilter and stencil junkie too, so your projects really speak to me. And I'm impressed with your husbands taste in shirts!

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  103. Your project is awesome! I love taking vintage/used furniture and painting it/stencil it/stamp it/make it something new! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  104. LOVE the stenciling on the furniture!!!!

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  105. That is pretty versitile paint to cover a wooden chair and stencil on fabric so well. I want to try some fabric stenciling.

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  106. AMAZING projects. How refreshing to see the stencils used on fabric. And even the chair got a make over... It looks fabolous.
    You are so creative.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
    Hugs from Monica
    Spain

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  107. What an awesome and unique piece of furniture you have created!

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  108. What a fab little chair but how absolutely open-mouthed I am in awe of such a creative makeover! It's gorgeous!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  109. Wow what a transformation- happy Christmas xx

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  110. Wow what a transformation- happy Christmas xx

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  111. Holy cow how creative are you. From the colors your chose to the words and stitching on the pillow - magnificent.

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  112. Love how you transformed this chair. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. Adorable! Love the Mermaid Fresco paint!

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  114. Fantastic projects, love how you've updated this chair, stencils are so versatile!

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  115. WOW!!! I am SO impressed by how amazing and professional this project looks! Love how it turned out!

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  116. awesome work, and thanks for sharing all the tips - makes me think I might be able to do it myself...

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    1. You absolutely could Kathe. Go for it! Lx

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  117. What wonderful results you got! You do make it look easy, too!

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  118. Beautiful pillow, loved the stencils you used!

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  119. Very cool project. I love working with fabric.

    Michelle Smith, MI

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  120. Oh I love your chair! And as a matter of fact I am working on a mixed media chair at present, too :)

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  121. I love, love your projects. Fabric is my favorite and this is definitely something I will try.
    gildamc@hotmail.com

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  122. Wow, this is so cool! Love it! xxx

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  123. Oh such a different way to use the paint and stencils. Wouldnt have thought of that but now im eying up our old dinjng room chairs 😉

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  124. Totally, totally love this project Lauren, can you come round our house and upgrade Us!

    Lucy x

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  125. What a great idea. I particularly like the pillow. I have seen several people on this blog hop who use the Fresco paint. I really like it. I am also charmed by your naughty dog!

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  126. Love how you decoupaged the stamps on the chair. Thanks for sharing.

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  127. Wow I have never seen anything so beautiful - not only do I love the busy-ness of the stencils I love that you have stitched to enhance them! Thanks for sharing x

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