I finished the Union Jack desk in my oldest son's room, along with a chair to match. You can see the Part 1 here.
We are slowly "growing up" his room this summer and his desk received the first overhaul. I've always wanted to do a Union Jack design and, because we planned to keep this desk in his room during the overhaul (he used each and every drawer!), it was a great place for Union Jack!
His chair was a Value Village find with a torn vinyl seat. I painted it Sherwin Williams Creamy , distressed a little on the edges, and waxed. The seat is screwed on from underneath, so I simply removed four screws, lifted the padded seat off its base, and stapled a cut-to-fit swatch of painting dropcloth right over the old blue vinyl. So cheap since I had extra dropcloth anyway!
What makes the chair special, though, is the number #64 painted on its seat. For some reason I don't fully understand :-), #64 has been my son's favorite number for years now. He incorporates it into his email addresses, passwords, etc., so it is only fitting that of all the numbers I could paint on his chair, #64 would be the one.
To paint the numbers, I mixed normal latex paint with Martha Stewart fabric medium (one part medium to two parts paint) which transforms regular paint into fabric paint.
I printed the #6 and #4 individually in a Microsoft Word document. My font was STENCIL, my font size was 500.
Using carbon paper,
I placed the carbon on the chair seat first, graphite side down, then placed the paper number over the carbon paper. Taping to secure, I carefully traced the outline of the numbers with a pencil. As you can see, the carbon transferred a faint outline of the number to the fabric.
Then, I simply painted in the numbers using Sherwin Willians Stolen Kiss mixed with my fabric medium. (The blue line was simply taped off and painted in Behr's Midnight Blue).
I sprayed the seat with a couple coats of Scotchguard to protect it from stains and spills. It's a wonderful complement to the desk ~ and a fitting accent for my son.
Next we'll be tackling his two bookshelves, transforming them with paint and pallet-backing like this:
My oldest boy is such a gem; it's been fun working with him to make this space his personalized hang-out zone.
Blessings on your weekend!
Labels: Furniture, Gabriel's Room, Paint