When was the last time you visited your local thrift store? If it’s been awhile you may want to swing by one this week. You never know what wonderful crafting materials you will find. Check out this chair. Trenice Bishop, one of our talented designers, came across this old vintage kid’s chair at her local thrift store. With some creativity and Plaid FolkArt paints, she transformed this thrift store find brought to life as a bright baby chair. A word of warning, this is not for the beginner crafter. This project is on the intermediate level. It will take 2 hours or more hours complete. Create this Bear Baby Chair to give as a gift for a mommy to be, or make one for your own child. Enjoy!
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 801 Sunflower
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 905 Buttercup
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 713 Coastal Blue
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 515 Vintage White
FolkArt Artist’s Pigment Acrylic Paint – 917 Yellow Ochre
Sandpaper blocks, Large paint brush, Liner brush, Angle paint brush, Clear craft finishing spray
- Sand away old finishing spray and rough spots using sandpaper or sand blocks.
- Once chair is smooth and dust free, apply a base coat of Sunflower and allow time to dry.
- Paint the entire chair with Buttercup and let dry before adding details.
- Most of the details on this chair were painted freehand. The same look can be achieved by using a stencil or tracing the facial features directly on the item itself.
- Take the angle brush loaded with Yellow Ochre and make two half circles in the middle of the chair backing to start the nose for your bear. Repeat to make circles for the ears and toe nails.
- Use the liner brush loaded with Coastal Blue to paint the outline of the bears face and head and other facial features.
- Accent the Coastal Blue outline with short strokes of Vintage White. Use the same technique to add embellishments to the back of the chair as well.
- Using clear gloss craft spray to seal the paint.
Project Tip: Using an image to study while painting can be helpful for this project.