So I teased a shot of the girls updated chairs last week. I'm pretty sure I mentioned when I originally made over the children's Ikea Latt Table about this time last year, that I wasn't entirely sold with style choose. I couldn't commit to painting the seat of the chair, not wanting to do stripes again, but was afraid of picking a design that would be too trendy and being over it way too fast. (For the record, I couldn't shake the idea of triangles in a X pattern in black, white, and the coral from our other table set).
So I grabbed a fabric I had laying around that matched the play kitchen and called it a day until I could figure out a better plan. I never even got around to sealing the paint with a coat of polyurethane.
Of course, in the year that has now passed with no update, the gray chairs have been scuffed all over by the ebony stained table. With a dual living room/play room update in the works within the year, I finally was able to decide a pattern that would work for the girls and work for the space since the room is shared - or will be after we get some non-plastic furniture and decor in there ;)
I'm still obsessed with Rifle Paper Co's botanical prints. I have a stack of similar style notebooks that I've accumulated the last few years that are full, but I hoped to repurpose, I used similar style art in Kenley's nursery by The Painted Arrow, and I finally replaced my ancient phone case that's been broken close to a year now. When I found their printed gift wrap I knew it'd be a perfect compromise of a print I love, that's still whimsical and feminine for the girls' space.
I painted over the latex based Stonington Gray paint with some acrylic craft paint I had on hand, Martha Stewart Beetle Black in satin finish. I decided to keep the white stripes because I liked the contrast and classic look. I took the chair apart and removed the fabric that wrapped over the seat. I cut my gift wrap to size and tried two different ways to apply the paper to the seat. The first way was painting the seat with mod podge and covering with the paper. Once dry, I painted a coat of mod podge (matte) over the paper to seal and protect it. This created some crazy ripples and bubbles, but after the glue dried, they flattened out. The second attempt was applying the paper with spray adhesive. This worked great, it was so smooth I was sure it was going to be the trick, but again, once brushing on the mod podge to seal, it ripples and created air bubbles. They were easy to smooth out one dry. For both chairs I gave a few coats of mod podge to protect the paper from the girls climbing on the chairs or any spills. After they cured, I sprayed the chairs with clear acrylic sealer.
Do you have a print you just can't shake?