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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) paint­, 021 976 0114 Wool­worths 0860 022 002, wool­

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