1 Decide on the image (or collection of images) you want to decoupage, then print it on the 160gsm paper. Your image will determine which paint colours you choose.
2 We used Annie Sloan paint: a base layer in the colour Emperor’s Silk overpainted with Louis Blue on the seat and Graphite on the edges of the seat and legs. The colour you want to see the most of must be painted last. To bring all three colours together and to bring out the Emperor’s Silk, we created a layered effect by sanding the edges of the legs and around the edge of the seat with 220-grit sandpaper. Brush off the paint dust with a clean, dry brush then wipe the chair down with a damp cloth and you’re ready to decoupage!
3 Cut out your image. Mark the area on the seat where you’ll be placing the image and apply the decoupage medium to that area with the smaller paintbrush. Place the image on the wet medium and, working your way from one side to the other, apply another coat of the medium, pressing down slightly to adhere the image to the seat. Eliminate any bubbles by gently rolling a rubber roller over the surface while the decoupage is still wet, working from the middle outwards.
4 Coat the entire stool with water-based varnish and you’re done!
STOCKIST AND CONTACT Paint & Decor (Jani Goussard) paintdecordiy.co.za, 021 976 0114 Woolworths 0860 022 002, woolworths.co.za