The vinyl didn’t stick very well to the fabric, so I used a gentle hand when rolling my foam roller over it. It’s important to use a foam roller to get less bleed under the vinyl and it’s really important to have very little paint on the roller. Just do a light coat, then go over it again with another light coat.
Lifting the stencil – here’s that beautiful script!! I had a little bit of bleed in a few spots, but overall it went really well – better than I’d hoped.
You’ll notice there’s a gap at the top of the fabric where I didn’t paint the words. That’s because my machine will only cut 12″ wide (unlimited length), so that was as big as I could make the stencil. I hoped I’d be able to center it on the stool, with just a little gap around the edges, but I should have centered the image in the middle of the fabric better before I painted it. When I attached the fabric over the seat cushion, I wasn’t able to center it because there wasn’t enough extra fabric edge at the bottom left to attach the fabric to the seat.
Having that gap at the top was driving me nuts. I thought about cutting another stencil to add more text at the top, but decided to root through my fabric bits and pieces and came up with a beautiful old handkerchief with pretty flowers on it. I used one corner of the hanky (saving the rest for some future project), and used some Wonder Under (that was inside the bench when I got it!) to adhere the hanky to the fabric.
I stapled pleated ribbon trim to the edge of the seat, then glued pleated gray grosgrain ribbon over that to give the edge a softer and more finished look.
My new Frenchy bench! I’m putting the finishing touches on the sewing table that came with the bench and will show that to you next week.
If you’ve visited here in the last few days, you may have noticed lots of “flying dust” as I do some tweaking to my blog. I’m attempting to streamline the look and make things as viewer-friendly as possible, so pardon the mess. If I’m not remodeling my home, you can bet I’ll remodel my blog…and sometimes both at the same time!