I’ve been searching for a way to add a faux bois (woodgrain) pattern to fabric for, like, EVER. (Forever. Forever ever? FOREVER EVER.)
Back to faux bois. You might remember how easy it is to paint a faux bois pattern on a smooth surface like this breakfast tray, but there’s some surfaces where that technique wouldn’t work– curved surfaces and fabric come to mind. Which is why I’ve been on a search for a woodgrain stencil for awhile to make all my curved, fabric faux bois dreams come true.
Hey, a girls’ gotta have a dream.
Amy Anderson (author of Mod Podge Rocks) recently sent a sample of her amazing new product from Plaid– adhesive stencils. These stencils are made to be used with Mod Podge and Podgeable Glitter which creates beautiful results, but once I saw the woodgrain I knew I needed to use it first on fabric.
I couldn’t resist grabbing fabric paint and creating a tea towel set to add some glam to my kitchen. Since it’s metallics week on the blog, I decided to make them gold and I’m so glad I did– they look so bright and modern.
I used my favorite material: flour sack towels. You can pick them up at Walmart for just a few dollars or on Amazon. I love how soft and versatile they are; we use them all over the house. Turning them into DIY kitchen decor is easy. You can create stamped tea towels like these favorites from a few years ago or stencil them as seen here. It’s easy, here’s how!
- Mod Podge Rocks Adhesive Stencils (they come in several great patterns, available currently at Michaels)
- craft paint in your favorite color
- fabric medium to add to craft paint
- flour sack towels (like these from Walmart)
1. Iron the flour sack tea towels so you have a flat surface. They don’t have to be ironed perfectly, because if they DID, I wouldn’t be able to do it. 😉
2. I folded my towels in half the long way, then in half again, and then folded over. Place a piece of cardboard or heavy paper under the top layer to prevent paint from bleeding through.
3. Remove the stencil from the backing, and stick onto the tea towel. I started on the right hand side. If you want to create an allover pattern, ‘blocking’ paint from the borders won’t matter. However, if you want a framed design you may wish to add painter’s tape to the edge for clean borders. Be sure stencil adheres to the fabric by pushing down all over before adding paint.
here’s what I mean about ‘blocking’ with tape:
4. Mix your favorite color craft paint with an equal part fabric medium to create fabric paint (or, simply use fabric paint and skip this step). Load up your spouncer lightly with paint, and dab onto the stencil. It’s a similar process to my stenciled tree skirt. Don’t overload the spouncer, it’s best to add light layers and go back over it if you wish.
5. Once you’ve spounced all over the stencil, peel it off and align with the last stencil. Add your paint the same way as in step 4. Play with the stencil so you don’t use it the same way each time– rotate it, offset it, etc. This one extra touch makes all the difference in a more natural looking pattern.
6. Let it dry, and add it to your kitchen. BOOM! Kitchen decor you made yourself.
Love gold? Check out my Midas Touch Gold Pinterest Board for more ideas.
Don’t you love the ease of using adhesive stencils? And who knew getting a faux bois look on fabric was so simple? Now pause the Olympics, grab your gold paint, and whip up some easy DIY kitchen decor tonight. Next up? A woodgrain lampshade. THE FAUX BOIS IS UNSTOPPABLE NOW.
Stenciled Woodgrain Tea Towels is linking up with: