Can we still be friends if I tell you I painted my chair?
I couldn’t help it.
Blame it on the paint brush.
This is my office at the gatehouse and this is exactly what you see when you walk in the front door and look to the left.
I love these desk chairs.
I bought them at a junk store and had them recovered and added padding and nail-head trim and gray and white striped fabric and they looked perfect….
Except they needed some red lipstick…..
….bright pink to be exact.
I always knew that the chair needed a pink monogram.
You were probably thinking the exact same thing.
It just took me a while to get up my courage to paint it.
I was nervous….I mean….seriously….paint hot pink paint on light gray and white fabric?
But once I started….once I brushed the first line of hot pink paint and it popped and made the chair look like it was ready for its own reality show….
….I wondered why I had waited so long.
Have a chair or a pillow or tablecloth or table runner that you know needs a little something extra?
Here’s how to paint a monogram.
Psssst…..you can do this.
I know you can.
How to Paint a Monogram
1. Design your monogram
I think this is actually the hardest step.
I made mine on PicMonkey (www.picmonkey.com).
Looking for monogram etiquette? Here’s all you ever wanted to know and so much more about how to monogram.
After you design it….enlarge it to an 8 x 10 and print it out.
2. Transfer your monogram
You want to give yourself an outline to paint….so you want to transfer the monogram onto the fabric.
Flip over your paper and rub a pencil along the monogram.
Make sure you cover the entire outline that you want to transfer onto the fabric.
3. Center your monogram and trace
Place your monogram where you want it on the fabric and then trace with a pencil.
Make sure not to press your hand to hard on the sheet of paper because you don’t want extra graphite transferring onto the fabric.
When you are done….it will look something like this.
Make sure all the lines transfer and re-trace any gaps in the lettering until you have a finished three-letter-guide in pencil.
Now you’re ready to paint.
4. Paint your monogram
Here’s a few painting tips:
If you paint with acrylic paint directly onto fabric….it will dry and make the fabric hard where you painted. Simply add a fabric medium to your acrylic paint. You can find fabric medium at any craft store….but here’s a good one from Hobby Lobby so you know what you are looking for.
Use a brush with a slanted tip and a wide top….it makes it so much easier to swirl out and come to a fine point.
Look to the printed monogram for guidance. The penciled outline doesn’t have thicker and thinner lines like the printed monogram does. Mimic those lines on your monogram.
Paint a lighter coat first. Let dry. Then add a second coat for even coverage.
It’s only fabric.
You can always add a swirl here and there to cover up any mess-ups…..
….at least that’s what I told myself holding a paint brush dripping hot pink paint over a light gray and white fabric.
So happy that my self agreed.
PS Here’s some more fun monogramming ideas.