Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Chandelier Project

I finally found freezer paper! This means the chandelier project could move forward. And because I'm a fickle person who can't make up her mind, the project has changed yet again. But never fear those who voted on the chandelier placement for the chair, your advice has been heeded. But due to finding a cheap black pillow at IKEA this last week, I decided to paint it on a pillow rather than the chair. It's what I had wanted to do in the first place, but since I didn't have a pillow I was just going to paint it right on the chair.

But on to the project. First I printed the pattern out on paper and then traced it onto the freezer paper. If the picture had been small enough I would've just printed it right on the freezer paper, but the pattern was too big. Then I cut the stencil out of the freezer paper. This step took the longest. I had to keep track of all the little middle pieces, which is not so easy with kids lurking nearby. Then I ironed the stencil onto the pillow.

There you can see the stencil ironed onto the pillow, the cut out part, my freezer paper, Xacto knife, pattern, etc. Freezer paper is fabulous because you can print on the paper side, and the waxy side will stick to fabric when ironed on but peels right off when done. Fabulous stuff.

Then it was time to paint.

I used acrylic paint with this stuff mixed in that makes it like fabric paint. I had to do two coats because the black showed through after the first coat making it all look grey.

Then the moment of truth. Once it was dry enough I peeled off the stencil.

You might not be able to tell from the picture, but the edges are all jaggedy. This is because the fabric was really textured and the paint seeped under the stencil in some places. But I figured this would happen and I don't really mind.

And then even though the slipcover says it's for a 20 inch pillow and the pillow I bought said it was 20 inches, when I stuffed them together it's like Ella wearing size 6 clothes. The cover is just way too big on the pillow. Oh well. I'll have to get a bigger pillow sometime.

There it is, on the chair.

Looking a little saggy, but not bad. Not bad at all!


Chapman Family said...

success! lookin groovy chic!

Amy said...

I agree - not bad at all! Thanks for the info about freezer paper. Didn't know it was so versatile.

Julene said...

Looks good, I'm glad you went off center. You have a lot of patience!

Andrea said...

Oh, that looks sooooo good!! How neat. And I wish my clothes looked like that pillow case. In my case, it would have been hard to get the pillow in the case, least that is the case with my pants!! LOL!!

Harmony said...

That looks GREAT! I love it off-center on the pillow. You so multi-talented!!!

CouponAlbum said...

Wow!! It's wonderful project!! Love those chandelier printed cushion covers!! Great idea!!