I have been on the hunt for a good Kilim Fabric for a while now to reupholster my bench. If I did like any fabric the prices were too high, or it was out of stock or it was too small to cover my bench.
If I did end up liking any, the fabric was off, it looked old or it wasn’t vibrant enough and I was just fed up at this point.
This wasn’t going to work out so I needed a Plan B.
I did a quick little search and found this stunning Kilim Stencil.
Literally it was spot on to what I had in mind.
Look at this beauty by StencilGirl Products.
I mean would you just look at that, could it get more accurate with the Kilim Pattern.
The stencils are super adorable and affordable plus the way they play with these stencils is so unique, with textures, colors and patterns that I needed it at once.
And they were absolutely wonderful to send me this gorgeous stencil to play around with.
This is how the bench looked Before. Not too shabby looking but way too plain for my taste.
Materials Needed for this Budget Friendly Kilim Project
(I chose multiple colors for this project and all of the fabric paints I used were from DecoArt)
Kilim Stencil by StencilGirl Products
Piece of Cloth/Fabric to wipe off excess paint
You know I need my color and patterns and I desperately wanted a furniture piece which had a Kilim design on it.
So I first measured out how I wanted the stencil to look like. I ended up with one full main Kilim pattern in the middle and half of the pattern on each side.
And that is how I started painting from the middle and when that was all complete I went and painted the sides.
I wanted this piece to be bright, colorful and loud as established already.
That is how 99% of my furniture ends up so no surprises here but I really wanted this one to be multicolored because that is what Kilim is all about.
This is just half of the colors I used on the bench.
I used shades of greens, blues, yellows, reds, pinks and purple.
Place the stencil gently where you want to begin.
You can hold it in place by using masking tape but since I’ve been stenciling for so long I didn’t use it but kept it firmly in place with my free hand.
You lightly dab the stencil brush in the paint color, brush off the excess and with a gentle up and down motion apply it on to the stencil.
You have to be careful with stencils which have an intricate pattern like this one.
Use the appropriate size of the stencil brush or else it will bleed through.
I had multiple sizes from really thin ones, to mediums and one thick stencil brush.
I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, it did take me a couple of hours with breaks in between to complete the entire bench.
But I really wanted this bench to turn out the way I had it planned in my head so I took my time on it.
You can also see that my fabric paint isn’t “full coverage” and some of the white fabric is peeking through the design, that was intentional.
All the Kilim patterns that I had searched before starting this project had a worn in almost faded look to it and I kinda wanted to mimic that feel in this piece.
My next part of the project was to tackle the legs of the bench.
They were basic, brown and nothing really interesting.
So to give it a little character I used the same stencil but this time I chose the beautiful, almost Tribal Inspired Triangles.
I also chose a beautiful green color to use on top of the stencil for the legs.
And you better believe I was holding myself from using Gold, I think using something other than Gold for once was a good decision.
And Voila this is how the legs look now!
And that is also the end of this beautiful DIY Kilim Bench Makeover.
Now for some beauty shots.
These legs turned out so Cute!
And there you have it.
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