My home-ec teacher would not believe that I have become a crafty person.  Nor would she ever in her widest imagination believe I can cook, bake and sew.  I was a home-ec flunky.

BUT in the last few decades, I found  my “inner artist” and have made some pretty fun stuff and I am going to be starting a new blog thread (haha) about some of the things I have done and projects that I am doing nowadays.

I have no fear when it comes to decorating (much like my hair and clothing) and my wonderful husband gives me pretty much the OK to do as I like (I think he has given up trying to reason with me…it’s a full-time job and he is just too tired out!) so I have never liked my livingroom couch and giant chair so I decided to paint them.  I checked out how to do it on many googled sites and like all good artists I read their advice and decided to adapt it to my own budget and materials at hand.

The advice is to use a fabric medium to add to the paint and water.  Well I went and bought a bottle and used it all up  in one shot.  So, I thought, what is the worst that could happen and went on to paint the rest of my furniture without the fabric medium.

I am so loving it!  My furniture material is some kind of stuff that is soft but kinda scratchy and I have never liked the feel of it next to my skin so I am going to replace the material on the cushions and pillows and paint the back and sides of the couch and giant chair.

Because I am not working, I have a very tight budget so I decided to use all the left-over latex paint we have in the house.  Some of it is very old but so far, everything I have used has been OK.  And I am using those small, foam brushes (takes two per side as they fall apart half way thru).

To start out, I have mixed the paint and the water in equal amounts and stirred it up. Now I don’t know if it’s because the paint is old or what but it doesn’t mix up as well as I had hoped but I keep stirring it as I am painting and keep adding water to the paint as it gets thicker.  Using a flatter plastic container is working best as I can mix as I paint using the foam brush.

To begin, spray a section of the material with a spray bottle of water.  I do a section about 12×24.  You want it to be damp and I have to work the water in with my hand a bit since there may be a water-proof substance on the material as it just stays on the top of the material.  Once your material is damp, then dip your foam brush into the paint/water mix and really saturate the material, scrubbing in the paint with the foam brush.  It is quite fun to paint like this.  Make sure you have a rag to wipe up the drips and more water to add to the mixture as it gets thicker (yours may not if your paint mixes well with the water in the beginning).

I gave the rust side one coat, I like the look of it as it is….kinda like rust-colored suede with variations in the nape.  Actually, it all looks like colored suede.  image image

One coat on the back of the chair in yellow (it has dried to a gorgeous shade of mustard!)

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The ottoman top was the hardest.  I wanted it a really creamy white and it took seven coats of paint to get it to the color I wanted.  I am going to be putting a little skirt-type thing on the bottom tier of the ottoman as I can’t paint it because it has a fold and there is no way to paint inside of it without it sticking together.  And I will hand-paint a design on the top of the ottoman to compliment the skirt.  (at least that is the plan for now!)



This turquoise side took two coats and I am loving how it is drying.  Reminds me of real turquoise stones!  Think I will do the back of the couch in this color!  But then again, the dried mustard yellow is gorgeous too…hmmm


Now this last color is supposed to be lime green but has painted on more of a neon yellow but I gave it two coats and I will wait until it is dry (takes about 12 hours to dry to the touch) and I hope it will be much more lime.  If not, I’ll just either add acrylic green craft paint to the latex paint and try that or repaint it in a different color.  No worries, mate.


I was thinking of painting the whole frame of the chair and the couch but I am not sure now as the painted fabric is kinda “crusty” feeling and it would feel uncomfortable on the arms.  So for now, I will leave the arms and the front of the furniture (behind the pillows) au natural!   I will redo the cushions and pillows in a coordinating fabric (or to be more honest, I will have someone else do them as they are beyond my scope of talent!).   And I will paint the legs of the furniture also.

I will keep you posted as to the progress of this project and stay tuned for tomorrow’s edition where I will amaze you with my paint-by-number skills!!!!

Your “what’s the worst that could happen” Queen


About thelumberjackandthegypsy

The lumberjack is my husband and he owns Arrowhead Wood Products; Arrowhead Toboggan and Snowshoe; and Lake Superior Furniture Co. and is the exclusive manufacturer of wood shutters for Summit Hill Shutter Co. The gypsy is me, and I have a passion for teaching people to tap into their creative side, even when they think they don't have one! I did not grow up creative or artsy and I was in my thirties before I started sewing and creating things. I am a rug hooker; artisan teddy bear maker; painter (from pictures to large pieces of furniture!); knitter; doll maker; needle-felter, repurposer; sewer; decorator; blogger; glamper; reader; vintage jewelry maker; junker; and now a shop owner. But the lumberjack and I feel our greatest gifts in this world are our four grandkids and our daughter and her husband and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been married for more than 33 years and most of that time we have lived out in the country on a hobby farm where we have raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs and beef cattle. We also homeschooled our only child for her entire school years. We lived out our dream of being like the The Little House on the Prairie and they were great times. I also have a personal blog: where I tell stories of what life on the farm has been like and other things that pop up in my very weird mind. I prefer "quirky or eccentric" instead of weird (sounds more fascinating and less creepy)!

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