DIY Shabby Clock : Join this special two part series as directions will appear on Design-Swag.com, posted tomorrow 4/4/17 so check for how to make this great item! Pic: ArtisticStencilDesigns.com
French cottage chic never goes out of style and and the furniture market is booming with these mass produced chairs (below) ! As well, cheaply made-in-China cardboard clocks load the searches at We Heart It and Wish.com , and these items are JUNK! I've even seen dressers with distressed looks that are simply pressed wood and going for six times the amount of a regular wood dresser. Ridiculous. All are selling at high prices and are cheaply made . Why not use some truly vintage objects (which we love) and furniture and duplicate the look yourself? Go green and save the planet by up-cycling something , add some stencils and make it an attractive focal point for your home! Here are some suggestions!
We say NO! Please stop buying new products and instead, make own vintage style things with stencils!
Yes! We say upcycle and shabby your own chairs and adorn them with stencils
Upcycle Some Chairs
The chairs above are painted! Now some of you may think this breaks all the rules, but that is exactly the point ! Have fun shabbying up something old and making it new again. In fact, now that I see this photo from Artistic Stencil's website called "Artistic Stencil Designs " and I am kicking myself for getting rid of my old mahoghany chairs. They don't make solid wood like that anymore, but the fact is I was not crazy about the brown. It never occurred to me to actually paint the entire chair! What a great idea.
For the above look: you will need this stencil, $16 here.
So, Get a little crazy, find some vintage color paint or chalk paint, a solid color for the entire chair works nice as they have done. Grey and White mix is soft blend for any shabby cottage or Parisian decor.
A little fresh fabric for cushion recovering and then voila, go to town with stencils. You can see by the looks of the design, how easy these stencils are to use. They are made of Mylar plastic so you can easily maneuver. They came from ArtisticStencils on Etsy, a husband and wife team who sell these and have many designs in stock.
Stencils from ArtisticStencils on Etsy.
Above: Stencils make for easy projects. You can do shelves very easy by coating with solid paint and adding a stencil. Just two colors and you are done with a great look in the home! This stencil below was used in part for the shelf.
French Stencil $20 here.
Below: DIY dresser was never easier. Shabby it up with some great Artistic Stencils and give a new look to old furniture!
Shabby DIY Dresser stencils from Artistic Stencils
Frenchy French dresser! Paint with love an then stencil it up! You will need to browse this selection of French stencils and go to down! If your dresser is old , dented or less than perfect that's even better. You can't go wrong when turning something old into something shabby! Stenciling makes for a great look and a new purpose for old things.
Other Items of Interest (Clock Face DIY Wall Clock Above)
Artistic Stencil Clock: For stencils Find them here, they come in different sizes
DIY TUTORIAL FOUND ON DESIGN-SWAG.COM ON 4/4/17
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Thanks to our sponsor Artistic Stencils, but the ideas and tutorial is all our own. We liked them so much we are networking them to another blog, design-swag so people can learn how to make this great retro clock!