I discovered this paint effect by accident. I was varnishing a project one day when I got a parcel delivered. It was some Mica Powder that I wanted to use in epoxy resin. I excitedly ripped the parcel open and the mica powder went flying all over my wet varnish. To try and save my finish I smoothed out the Mica powder with a brush and the effects were stunning. The only downside was the effect only looked metallic in the sun or the light so I tried it out on a chair over Chalk paint.
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Step 1: Find Something to Paint
These chairs were bought from the store at the tip for $5. It was perfect for this test run because there is not a large surface so I would not waste too much paint if it did not work out.
Step 2: Paint With Chalk Paint
The surface was sanded to remove the old stain and varnish. They say you don't need to do this with chalk paint but I find the results are better. I had some blue chalk paint left over from my makeup table project which was added using a paint brush.
Step 3: Mix in the Mica Powder
Once the surface was dry, a small amount of water-based Polyurethane was added to a tub. Blue mica powder was added into the Polyurethane and stirred well with a wooden stick.
Step 4: Add Poly to the Chair
2 Coats of Polyurethane were added. The area was so small the true effect cannot be seen in the pictures. But I can promise you it is stunning. Because the paint looked so stunning I went ahead and finished the chair makeover.
Step 5: Cover Chair With Fabric
The fabric from the old chair was used as a template for the new fabric. I just left a slightly longer seem to allow for the lack of stretch in my new fabric. I used a rubber backed curtain fabric that I had laying around at home.
Step 6: Staple and Cut Away Excess
The sides were sewed up using a sewing machine and the fabric at the top was stapled and the excess cut away.
Step 7: Cover the Base
For the bottom fabric was cut larger than the base and pulled around and stapled to the bottom. And that was supposed to be the end. But I felt it looked to plain. Sorry forgot to take a picture. The chair sat for weeks while I thought what could be added to jazz it up a bit.
Step 8: Add Marilyn Monroe HTV Vinyl Decal
In the end, I came up with the idea to use Iron on Vinyl. I chose Marilyn Monroe because she looks good in any bedroom. These can be bought on the internet under HTV vinyl decals. There are also many Etsy shops that sell them or will make them to the image you want. Or if you are lucky enough to have a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter you can make your own. But this idea caused an issue with the fabric I used. I was unsure how the rubber backed fabric and the foam on the chair would survive the heat from a hot iron needed to transfer the vinyl.
Step 9: Iron on Your HTV Vinyl Decal
I cut a new piece of fabric in the end. Lesson learnt from this, don't use rubber backed fabric. I put a pillowcase inside the fabric to stop the two sides melting together. Positioned the HTV decal in place, covered the decal with another pillowcase and ironed on the decal. You can check if the decal has transferred properly by lifting the clear carrier paper. The clear transfer sheet is then lifted off and the cover attached again as above. The chair was screwed back together.
Want to see another great build check out this Chaise lounge built from scratch using recycled materials.
Step 10: Materials and Tools Used for This Project
- Cricut https://amzn.to/2DEQihm or silhouette cameo https://amzn.to/2ZMNOXA Vinyl cutter
- Mica powder https://amzn.to/2DGRzEi
- HTV Vinyl sheets https://amzn.to/2LgEQyF
- Stapler https://amzn.to/2GTAaKB
- Staple Gun https://amzn.to/2V8OHLc
- Waterbased Polyurethane https://amzn.to/2DHA1Ix
- sewing Machine