DIY Graffiti Furniture: Or How To Ruin A Perfectly Good Chair...

...it really depends on your perspective I suppose.
I originally wrote this up as a post for St Louis Magazine's blog last year, but since I was just talking about graffiti in the home, I figured I'd drop this in...

So I feel like I’m a little behind the curve on the whole “Dipped” furniture thing.  I really like it, but I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on either buying a piece or clumsily trying to DIY it. I mean it seems easy enough right? The word “easy” usually elicits the long eye roll from Christina, but seriously, you just mask and paint, right? Even I can't screw it up.
  
I had the perfect candidate for a project like this too – a relatively inexpensive Louis armchair that I picked up at a flea market for about 30 bucks a few years back. It’s a pretty chair, nice and neutral, but I always felt like it needed a little pizzazz. So I took the plunge and decided to paint it.


The Blank Canvas
The Inspiration













  









After sketching out where I wanted the “dip” line, I carefully masked it off making sure that I had 
completely straight lines (FrogTape brand masking tape gets the sharpest lines possible, especially on the fabric). I also decided to get a little tricky and leave the bottoms of the legs as well as just the top of the chair back unpainted to slightly tweak the dipped look a bit. I lightly roughed the area of the wood to be painted with 200 grit sandpaper and then brushed on a coat of gray primer to prep for paint. Next, I painted the wood with a glossy red acrylic paint. It took about 3 coats, allowing them to dry for a few hours inbetween each. For the seat and back, I used the same glossy red acrylic paint, but added fabric medium to it so that it would adhere better and not be so stiff.
And, Voila! My masterpiece was finished. 

Except that it wasn’t.

I liked it, I really did… But well, it was still a little boring. In another setting perhaps, it would have lived a long and happy life like that, but in my place it was a bit of a slacker. I decided to take another chance on it and satisfy my craving for yet another micro trend that definitely isn’t for the faint of heart or the deeply conservative:  Graffiti.

I’ve always loved graffiti as a serious artistic medium (with the exception of the crayons that magically seem to end up on my walls at home) and it’s really popping up a lot in home d├ęcor lately.  So I hopped on Pinterest, found some authentic marker/paint tags from a London subway, grabbed my Sharpies, and 30 minutes later I had something that has since been a conversation starter for every visitor I have.

Pandora claimed it as hers right away...




It’s definitely not a look for everyone, but I love it. Now I just have to explain to my toddler why it’s ok for Daddy to draw all over the furniture - but not him. 

Not to worry though, I have a graffiti inspired project in mind for my kiddos too, so stay tuned...


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