Please be seated
By theresa, Mar 24 2014 08:01PM
Two years ago we had some major building work done. We had long wanted to reconfigure several rooms to make the space work better for us. Part of what we desired was a bench/settle to run along the side of the room to make seating at our table a little more flexible, with added storage room under the seat. The strong feeling I had for it was a Swedish folk red. I knew that I wanted to decorate it but I was still formulating an idea.
I worked a sample board up of leafy stencil designs which I had obtained from The Stencil Library (www.stencil-library.co.uk). I knew that I wanted a grisaille feel, but couldn't decide on colour or scale.
Inspiration came in the shape of my old friend Cait (www.decoratescotland.com) who was staying, why didn't I do it all? Sometimes you need a different pair of eyes.
I divided the settle into four sections of two, alternating the blue and the yellow. Then I added the smaller scale stencil which was in a neutral colour unifying the whole bench. Other then the sample board there was no other designing, I designed it on the settle/bench as I worked. Having trained as a textile printer I feel quite confident working like this.
Then with a couple of coats of varnish...finished
Great job! I love the colour and the overall effect is quite unique!