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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