Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to add Decorative Detail to Painted Furniture Using Scrapbooking Scissors!

Yesterday I shared a little vintage chair and table I had recently painted in Paris Grey.  I promised to tell you how I added this decorative detail to the chair, so here ya go!
I'll just bet you have at least one pair of fancy scrapbooking scissors in with your craft supplies, right?  I have a few, and I'm not even a scrapbooker!  If you don't have any, they can be found pretty much anywhere craft and scrapbooking supplies are sold.  Or, I'm sure you know someone you could steal some from for a day or two!  I took a piece of painter's tape and attached one end to a chair, then carefully cut down the middle with my scalloped scissors.
Next, I taped each side of the cut tape down on the chair back where I wanted to add the design.  I am no perfectionist...and I've never been great with scissors, so you can see that one side of my tape is wider than the other (in other words, I didn't cut exactly down the middle of the tape).  No worries, I just positioned the strips so that I would have an even design right down the middle of the chair back...even got out my measuring tape to be sure!
I then used a small paintbrush to paint a cream latex paint (only because I was out of my ASCP old white!) between the strips of tape...going over the design a bit as you can see.  I waited until the paint had completely dried to remove the tape.  I had one little spot where the tape lifted the grey paint, but I just touched it up a bit with my little brush.
I followed up with a bit of light sanding, and then a coat of clear and dark wax over the whole chair (including the decorative stripe).
You can see that the design isn't perfect, but I like that look.  It gives the impression that it was painted on years and years ago and has worn off in spots.
With all of the many many scrapbooking scissor designs available out there, the possibilities are endless!  Now, go grab your painter's tape, fancy scissors and paint and have fun adding a personal touch to your furniture!
 Thanks so much for your sweet visit today!  I am so excited to shop the 
Funky Junk Sister's Vintage Flea Market
this weekend!  If you're not going to make the show, don't worry...I will be taking my camera along and will share all of the amazing inspiration with you next week!  If you're not familiar with this fabulous show and are curious, you can read about it and see the photos from my post last year here.  And you can go visit the Funky Junk Sister's Facebook page here for the what, where and when!

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Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
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Furniture Feature Friday with Miss Mustard Seed
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  1. Now isn't this the cutest idea ever! I love it and so easy to do. Love your little chair.


  2. What a great idea! I don't scrapbook as much anymore, so I particularly like this idea for all those fancy scissors I still have! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, such a simple idea... but so awesome! Love it!

  4. awesome idea! thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Amanda, This adds so much interest to the chair...Love It! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party. Hugs, Sherry

  6. What a great idea! I love this!

  7. What a brilliant idea to use the painter's tape! I really love the grays. I had some gray pieces at Jazz last winter and they took forever to sell and I don't know why. Light gray is such a soothing color. Our shop has a new owner the last 6 months however and she has pulled in a new clientele that suits my style more so maybe I will give the grays a try again sometime. Right now I'm not moving anything furniture wise. I guess January is the slowest month of the year here. Hopefully people will buy the big pieces again this month! I think it would be fun to get together if we're ever in the same city! I'll let you know. In the meantime I am loving your makeovers with ASCP!

  8. Love that idea, and love the chair!

  9. Love the colors! I bought some fancy scissors meaning to do this with some stuff around Christmas time but then my dog ate my tape and I never got around to it! Glad to know it works so well

  10. oh my gosh! What a great idea!! Will definitely use this! Also, thanks for your comment on my blog.

  11. shared on my FB, hope you don't clever!

  12. Such a great idea!!! I think I even have that same scissor pattern. Looks fabulous. Excited to see you tomorrow night! :)

  13. Love your blog and your inspiration. Have come via Stilskin Studio and have liked your FB. You are so fortunate to find those lovely pieces to paint so cleverly. Here in France anything remotely ornate costs a fortune. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Amanda! What a great idea!!! I love this and just might give it a try. The possibilities are endless!

  15. YOU are what they call a SmArT cookie! Great job!


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