I wasn't looking for this vintage beauty, but my gosh,
I'm glad I caved on this one and loaded it into the back of my car
while out for coffee with a friend.
Here is the romantic after . . .
And what she looked like
calling my name from the curb:
that kept us in the dark, rain and cold for hours.
What else does one do but paint by candlelight?
Painting fabric can be tricky.
With experimenting and experience
you will develop a feel for what works.
This fabric, for example, is a challenge.
The texture and nap of the damask as well as the bold colour
all lead to a more challenging project...especially in the dark!
Grey in nearly any shade works to prime and
neutralise bright or bold colours.
Canvas, leather or cotton is easiest to paint.
Velvet, damask, tapestry or anything with a
raised pattern can be a greater challenge.
I find when painting fabric, my favourite tool is a Fusion Brush.
There's something about the way the bristles
are packed tightly that helps force the paint into the fabric.
And you don't feel bad "smooshing" the brush in
because they are tough-as AND affordable!
Once the first coat was on the fabric,
there was no way I was going out to the studio for another brush,
so I washed my Fusion Brush then started
painting the chair legs and frame with Old World Paint
in the gorgeously soft and contemporary shade of pink, Bloom.
by the light of day (and electricity!)
I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty solid result
after only ONE coat of Old World Paint — in the dark!
all it took was a quick sand to knock down
the raised nap on the fabric and a second coat
with my Cling On Brush for an all around tidy-up!
I didn't wax any of it, it was already too pretty to touch.
that eventually I'll make a proper seat cushion from it,
but how gorgeous is this...and romantic!
Candlelight, Pewter, Bloom & roses....dreamy!