Before going into this project I felt pretty confident about how to achieve the worn grain stripe look I was going for on this French chair. I mean how hard could it be to paint a couple stripes? Famous last words as they say. Hint the title is, How NOT to paint grain sack stripes so that may give you an idea about how this project is going to go. 🙂
Here’s the before
I have done this MANY times on wood, walls, signs and more very successfully with clean crisp lines.I knew all of the tricks like how to vigorously rub your tape so that you know It’s sticking well and I even knew the tip about painting over your tape with the base color so that it would create a seal and block any bleed through.
Well, friends, I did all of those things and still, imperfect lumpy grain sack stripes was my end result 🙁
As a total aside, DIYing has opened up an adventurous can do attitude that I’m not so sure I had before.I used to stress and worry about starting a new project because I was unsure about how it would turn out or maybe I would ruin it but now I’m like where’s my staple gun and electric sander? I’m ready to get started.
I don’t always know how it’s going to go but that’s part of the adventure! It inspires me to be creative and come up with solutions that often make the project completely different and often better in the end. This DIY life has allowed me to express my creativity freely and I love that!!!
So back to the chair and said adventurous spirit, What to do about these lumpy uneven stripes??? So I tried to use an artist brush to paint over the jagged uneven lines. This was a slow tedious process that had me feeling like this…
After repeating the above steps about 15 times with a little crying and pulling my hair out in between it was finally looking dare I say so close to amazing.
Not perfect but close and I can live with that!!!
Which brings me to the GIVEAWAY!!!
So if you are waiting and researching and stressing and fretting about trying out that brilliant idea that’s been on your mind since you saw it on Pinterest a couple months back, but you’re afraid that it won’t be perfect or that your project will go viral for all of the wrong reasons or end up on a Pinterest fails boards 😬 Well, friend, I have a book for you that will calm all of your DIY fears and worries.
So close to amazing
I had the pleasure of meeting Karianne Wood at a blogger Conference in July. She runs the wildly popular blog Thistlewood Farms. You are probably already a fan but if not I highly recommend that you visit her blog often.
Anyway back to the blogger conference where I had the pleasure to spend some precious moments with KariAnne. She was so generous with her time and one of the most humble and kind hearted people I have ever met. She spent time mentoring several of us about blogging, life and to not be afraid to ask what you are worth. She’s so positive and encouraging and I feel lucky to have spent some time with her.
Here’s what some people are saying about the book
So Close to Amazing is a reminder that life is never perfect, always changing, and ever evolving, and that with faith, we can overcome the obstacles that simply living life brings our way. KariAnne invites readers into her witty and wonderfully wacky world of moving to the country in Kentucky with her husband and four children, with its challenges of fitting into a new place. With the humor and humility she lives out in everyday life, she’s a friend you want to sit down and have coffee with, who would be fun to do a DIY project with, and who speaks to the hearts of real women everywhere. – Rhoda Vickers – Southern Hospitality Blog
KariAnne’s book is a joyful mix of quips and sweet messages à la the friend you wish you always had. She says it like it is, combined with a little Scarlett O’Hara drama and appreciable humor for good measure. Just like an old house with lots of layers, she peels them back, revealing a profound life message with applicable truths underneath. Her book feels like the perfect afternoon with a familiar friend. Sitting together over a glass of sweet tea after a good flea market trip, she’s the one who says, “I’ll go first.” Friendship is something that happens when two people say, “Me, too,” and KariAnne has a way of reminding you that you’re not the only one. Her honest, real, relatable approach to life is refreshing for her audience in so many ways. So Close to Amazing had me in fits of laughter, paired with unexpected tears that come only when someone is so honest with their own struggles and unexpected twists in life. It’s here that she reminds us in her own one-of-a-kind way not to miss the little moments. Because it’s in the little moments that the most beautiful ones are unexpectedly found. – Ashley Mills, The Handmade Home
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So thru perseverance and sheer determination, I got these stripes to work.
Here is the after of the Grain Sack Stripes
PS: Several months after completing this project I discovered a product that would have saved me a lot of time and would have helped me create grain sack stripes so much easier!!!
Iron Orchid Decor Stamps called “Grainery”. They are reusable stamps made for furniture and fabric. I will do a tutorial soon demonstrating how to use these. They are pretty awesome and by far the easiest way to add grain sack stripes to furniture or fabric. Until then feel free to ask questions in the comments.
I hope you are inspired to take a deep breath and get started on that DIY project. Remember that perfection is overrated and if you need a good laugh about some other projects that have gone horribly wrong please visit my Pinterest Fails board. Seriously it will make you lol!!!
If you enjoyed this post please read about How I made a Handmade Gypsy Sign.