Monday, August 29, 2016

Coastal-ized Tailgate Chair

We've had a few old tailgate chairs lying around that have some stains, wear and tear, but are still great for throwing in the back of the Jeep for tailgating or a star-gazing trip to the beach. 

I wanted to do something to spice them up but was having a hard time finding something that would work no matter the weather and would stick to the canvas of the chairs. Then, I stumbled across Multi-Surface acrylic paint at the craft store.


Let's make a stencil with the Silhouette Cameo!

  1. Find a flat surface, approximately the same height as the chair when it is open and bent over. My porch coffee table was an exact match. Lay a towel over the table in case of any paint that bleeds through.
  2. Lay the chair on the towel surface.
  3. Place the stencil in the center (or wherever you like) of the chair. If you used adhesive backed vinyl, use your finger to reinforce the seal around the edge of the stencil to avoid any bleeding of the edge.
  4. Put a dab of each of the paint colors on a paper plate. This will be your palette.
  5. Using a fingertip, lightly dab the paint sporadically within the stencil. Make sure that you overlap the edge of the stencil so that you really "define" the outline of the shape when you remove the stencil.
  6. Apply a second round of fingertip dabs - wait about 30-60 minutes in between applications so that the first layer has plenty of time to dry - this will help avoid mixing colors. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using the chair.

Please note: I have not been paid for the materials that I recommended in this project. I purchased a Silhouette Cameo last year and in my kit came a BUNCH of materials that I had no idea what to do with. The Printable Foil being one of those materials. The FolkArt Multi-Surface paint was chosen for this project because they had the best range of colors.

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