I’m moving into a new studio very shortly – a move that is going to make me very happy! I have been living and working out of the same space for far too long! Work gets confused with “real life,” and there’s no down time. But that ends soon, and I can’t wait. To celebrate my move and my separation of work and state, I decorated a wood chair for my studio desk. I used a layered chalk finish to add some interest – AND I printed a fun quote onto scrapbook paper to go on the back! You can customize this chair with any quote that puts a smile on your face and makes you happy. Learn how to do this easy project below.
Unfinished wood chair – mine is the IKEA Ivar chair in Pine
Mod Podge Matte
FolkArt Home Décor Chalk – Grotto, Yellow Crochet
Scrapbook paper – two sheets of coordinating
Craft knife and mat
Paintbrush – at least two
Paper trimmer (optional)
Paint your chair with the first chalk color. I decided to use Yellow Crochet as my base color. You don’t need to do any special prep with the Chalk finish – simply paint it on and let dry. You’ll want to give the chair a few coats.
Once the chair is dry, paint the second color over the top. I only did one coat and did a loose painting job so that not all of the yellow areas were covered. This gives the chair a distressed look. Let dry.
Tip #1: if you find after you have painted the chair that you would like some additional distressing, you can use a light/medium grade sandpaper.
Take the piece of scrapbook paper that you are going to print quotes on and trim it to be 8.5” inches wide so that it will fit into your printer. The length of my paper was 12” – which is fine. You want to have enough length on your paper to cover the correct area on the chair.
Tip #2: I used a paper cutter for this, but you can also use a craft knife, mat, and ruler.
Remove all existing paper from the printer tray and insert your scrapbook paper. Use a word processing program to create the quotes that you would like in the font that you would like. (I’ve provided two quotes for you as samples; see attachments at the end of the post). Once you are ready, place the paper face down into the tray and print.
Tip #3: Print a couple of test pages first to make sure that the quote is the correct size and length to fit your chair – do this before printing on the scrapbook paper. To save ink, print in "Draft Mode."
Cut out your quotes to fit your chair. I measured the slats on the back of my chair and trimmed the quote portions of the paper to fit.
You are ready to decoupage! Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the chair and spread.
Place the paper down onto the Mod Podge. In this step, I adhered one full sheet of 12” x 12” scrapbook paper to the center of the seat. Smooth for several minutes – smooth thoroughly, removing all of the bubbles.
Do the same with the back slats of the chair. I place a quote on the slat and smoothed thoroughly. Let all Mod Podged areas dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Tip #4: A brayer can come in handy for smoothing paper.
You are ready to coat the entire chair with a few coats of Mod Podge! Let it dry.
Your chair is ready to use. Here’s a close up of the distressed areas where you can see some of the yellow peeking through the top color. Voila!
I used the quote “be a fruit loop in a world of cheerios” on my chair. This quote makes me truly happy! Here are some other quotes that might float your boat:
“Use what you have, do what you can”
“Dream big and dare to fail”
“Strive not to be a success, but to be of value”
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else”
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it”
What is your favorite quote? I’d love for you to make this project too and share it in our Idea Exchange.