Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Decoart Chalk Paints, Tim Holtz Shabby Chic Charity Shop Chair

Thanks for stopping by, After a very crazy but very enjoyable 4 days I am back home and just about recovered from the CHSI (Stitches) trade show.
First of all I would like to say a very big thank you to Stan, Patrick and Andy from DecoArt who had me demonstrating their new chalk paint range at the show, It was brilliant to meet you and I was honoured to be part of your stand.
It was also great to meet so many people new and old, they guys from Country Love Craft and Personal Impressions,  who are the UK distributors for DecoArt,  Lindsay Mason , Jenny, Brenda, Gabriela and so many other lovely people.
Ok so on with the post.
Now the show is over I can start to share some of the pieces I made for the display and as samples.
Today I am sharing my favourite piece, my charity shop dinning room chair, this cost me £12 and was perfect for the chalk paints.After Kelly saw it finished I was told to go and get the other three chairs and a table to match so we could have them in our new home when we move.

The chair started out like this, pretty ugly but it had all the right features for the type of finish I wanted, some hard edges but also some areas of detail and a little bit of shape, not just flat and square.
I wont go into to much detail of what I have done here as once all the samples have been posted Ill work on some tutorial pieces including another chair.
What I will say though is the paint is amazing, there was no prep work involved at all, no sanding or stripping back involved, I just started with the colour I wanted to show through my top coat.

When I saw the fabric range that Tim Holtz bought out last year I new I wanted to get my hands on several of the designs but was really struggling to think how I would use them in the sort of work I usually make.
As soon as I knew I was going to be working with these paints I had my answer, for me this pattern was the perfect fit for the chair.
The old cover was taken off, Tim's fabric was lined with an iron on piece of fabric (forget what it's called) just to make it a little more durable and the cusion was re covered.

Thanks as always for stopping by, Ill be posting more of my samples over the next couple of days and I also have a new clock class sample coming using the chalk paints.

Simon Says Stamp are having a 'cameo appearance' challenge, they asking us to be creative with the theme, you could use a normal cameo, or think of actors who have made a cameo appearance in a movie or TV show, I know I am pushing it but my cameo appearance is the Tim Holtz fabric ;)

Artistic inspirations are having an anything goes/masculine challenge.


  1. Looks fab, and sounds so user friendly
    Love the fabric choice too! x

  2. Fantastic transformation, I love the fabric combined with the paint effect, wonderful combination. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with this beauty. Tracy x

  3. Having seen this in real life I can absolutely say it is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like you spent ages sanding it back, priming, painting, distressing and waxing it. Little did I know how easy the new paints and wax were to use, and so quick! You could get charged a small fortune in Knightsbridge for a set of these chairs and the matching table and I can see why you were asked to complete the set.
    Great to finally meet you on Monday and so pleased to have had the chance to do your make and take. Jenny x

  4. Lovely work Mark, I love this chair. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Now tell all the gossip, we are all dying to know and we wont tell a soul! Honest!

  5. Love it and I have plans for my kitchen soon when we move. I have antique table and will be garage sell hunting for the chairs to look at fabric now.
    Congrats on the show and how fun could that be ...lucky you my friend
    susan s

  6. This is gorg Mark. ( line the fabric to make it stiffer?) I love the effect and can't believe the ease of this product. Love the fabric. And yes, I would of sent you back for the other three chairs too after coming up with this!! Brilliant. Love it!
    Lisa x

  7. Great make-over, I agree with Kelly! And when you're done with your own set, you could start doing other sets and sell them, there should be a market for this....

  8. Your chair looks fabulous Mark and well done Kelly for getting you to go for the other three! You have given me a good idea for using my Tim fabrics now. So pleased you were able to meet up with the lovely Jenny and Brenda, their posts after attending your Make and Take are amazing. Anne x

  9. Absolutely great to catch up with you at Stitches and see your gorgeous projects. I heard lots of great feedback from customers at the show as to how much they'd enjoyed your make n takes. Hope to see you before next year's show! Lindsay x

  10. I may have to fly you out so you can redo my dinning set. Looks amazing!!! That fabric is awesome, too! Fabulous work, Mister Gould!

  11. This is wonderful So unique. Thanks for joining us this week at Artistic Inspirations Masculine challenge I think you fit right in.
    AI Owner

  12. 'Tis fabulous! Can't wait to see the paints up close and personal. Really, what a fantastic piece. And, there's no greater praise from a woman than to say 'go do more of this so we can have it in our home!' xx

  13. Just brilliant... perfect combination of those chalk paints and Tim's fabric to create a fantastic dining chair - Kelly was right to send you back for the rest of the set!!
    Alison x