Oct 152013

Several weeks ago, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  Don’t ask me why.  It was a spur of the moment thing.  I don’t do scrap booking but I love the way people use them to make stencils and labels, etc.

My New Toy!

Oh how I LOVE new toys!

One restless night, I was browsing Amazon and lo and behold, there was a bit of a “sale” on these things. From my understanding, Cameos NEVER go on sale.   Impulse got the best of me and it arrived a few days later.

Where it sat,
in the box,
in my office,
for many weeks.

Every day, I kept asking myself
“Why did I buy that?”

Finally, I was inspired by something I had pinned last year.   I had a boring little oak chair sitting in my garage that was too low and too wide for the couple of desks I have already sold.  I decided this little lovely would be my test piece for a Silhouette printed stencil and paint project.  Being cheap thrifty, I decided to go the Con-Tact paper route since I already had both a patterned and a clear roll.   Debbie at Painted Therapy has a wonderful tutorial on how use your Cameo to create subway art with Con-tact paper.

My other inspiration has been the various knock-offs of Pottery Barn’s numbers subway art.
I thought it would look cute on the seat of the chair.  Pottery-Barn-Numbers-on-Black-Canvas

I lightly sanded the chair and wiped it down with de-glosser.  For the seat, I had a sample of brown paint that was close to the colour of the wood.  I added one coat.   I painted the rest of the chair with ivory home-made chalk paint I also had on hand.

Original chair

Original chair

First coat of white and brown

First coat of white and brown

Brown seat

Brown seat

Now for the numbers!  I first created the layout in PhotoShop because for me, there was no learning curve.  I loaded the JPEG into the Silhouette program and figured out I needed to use the “trace” tool and away I went.  Well not exactly right away, I had a few failed attempts because I didn’t load the paper properly and I had to adjust the cutting tool setting.  In the end, it was painless.

Below are the numbers after I pulled off the surrounding paper.   I then cut a clear piece the same size and placed it, sticky side down on top.

Using an old credit card, I pressed very hard to ensure it was completely covering the numbers with no air spaces.

Once I removed the non-sticky backing, I carefully placed the numbers and clear Con-tact paper on the chair seat.

Only the numbers remaining

Only the numbers remaining

Transferred using clear Con-Tac paper.

Transferred using clear Con-Tact paper.

I smoothed it out again with a credit card until there were no bubbles.  BUT when I started to take the clear sheet off, the numbers wanted to come too and some of them are a bit fragile.  I did my best.


Paint over the stuck on pattern (numbers) with the BACKGROUND paint colour.  In my case it was the brown paint.  Why?  Because it will create a seal over the edge of the stencil.  By doing so, the topcoat paint colour will not seep under the stuck on stencil and you will get nice crisp lines!

However, the trouble I had when removing the clear sheet of contact paper did leave a few gaps that even the brown coat did not seal.  I planned on distressing the chair so I did a bit of extra sanding where the problem occurred.  (Note;  I think the problem may have occurred because the clear sheet was REAL  Con-Tact Brand and it was more sticky than the Dollar Store brand but I don’t know for sure.)

Regardless, I love the end result and essentially, it cost me ZILCH!
I think it would be cute in an entryway or a little boy’s room.

What do you think??

You can download the full-sized jpeg  HERE!

Love it!

Love it!

Not perfect but very cool!

Not perfect but very cool!

Painted numbers

Painted numbers

So now that the Cameo is out of the box, plugged in, tried and tested, I think I’m ready to create!  I already have a project started so keep posted!  For now, I will tell you it will be on a large canvas next to Mr. Nice’s snooker table!


Big Ass Snooker Table in need of some ART!

Yes, we have a humongous full sized snooker table.
What can I say… he’s British!



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  29 Responses to “Little Chair Big Numbers”

  1. Congrats on breaking out the Cameo, I have one and LOVE it! It comes in handy when your stuck at home at naptime and need to send a card, not to mention I avoid wrestling a 2 year old in the card aisle! The chair is so cool, I love it and appreciate the painting tip to seal the edges with the basecoat color. I always have issues with that too, even when I use the actual Silhouette vinyl. Thanks for the great post, I found it on Funky Polkadot Giraffe

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  3. Funny I did the same thing and now I’m looking for ways to use it

  4. Love, Love, Love the chair!

    • Thx Sheilagh! If you need use of my Silhouette, just let me know or do you use something like it at work?

  5. I have seen this on signs and love it…but on a chair…EVEN BETTER!!!!
    I would love for you to come link up at my Furniture and Paint Party going on now!! Hope to see you soon

  6. I love that you put it on the seat. How fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. I love how this turned out and your honest tutorial. I’ve been longing for a Silhouette but can’t bring myself to spend that much money. I’m reconsidering now for sure.

  8. I love that PB artwork. Great job on recreating it for your chair! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

  9. Nice chair and great transfer method. I so need a Silhouette machine – just too many amazing things you can do with that little baby! I found you over at the Fabulously Creative Friday Party.

  10. I love my Cameo. I agree there is a slight learning curve but it’s SO worth the effort! I also posted a project on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog, and I used my Cameo to create it. That’s how I found you…. though the Furniture Friday Feature. I’ll look forward to seeing more of your creations. Thanks for sharing the JPEG. Now, if I can just remember how to use that trace feature on the Silhouette. 🙂

  11. ADORABLE! I love my silhouette. I also don’t scrapbook but love making things with it for our home.
    Hopping by from Kammys Korner Trash to Treasure Hop.

  12. Thanks so much for the printable, really appreciate it. Have an idea already what I’ll do with it/use it on. Love your little chair, aren’t they handy little pieces of furniture? I have couple of chairs I want to tackle just to see how I can make them look “different”. I practice on my own pieces so I’ll know if it’s something I want to do and if/how I’m able to redo things that people might want to buy.
    Looks like you’re pretty experienced at redoing pieces. I’m so impressed with all the talented bloggers like yourself that redo furniture. I also think it’s so great how many pieces are reused instead of filling up the land fills. Happy weekend

  13. What a great transformation. I love clever uses of numbers.

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  15. Looks beautiful! I’m hosting a fall wreath giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-fall-wreath-giveaway.html

  16. I actually Believe that article, “Little Chair Big Numbers

  17. thank you for linking up!! I am featuring your chair at my party going on now!!

    start at home

  18. This is an awesome idea!! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two!! Looking forward to featuring this tomorrow nigh at the next party!!
    Make it a great day!

  19. Love this creation! Thanks for sharing…hugs…

  20. Love this transformation! The numbers add so much to a plain jane chair. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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