Stenciled Quatrefoil Footstool

I had the opportunity to try out the new line of Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line by Plaid.   Martha just launched (this past week) a new line of craft paints, stencils and tools now available exclusively at Michaels.   There are 160 colors, 5 finishes and some amazing tools.   Plus it is a multi surface paint that works on fabric, metal, glass, wood, ceramic, and plastic. Martha always comes out with top of the line products so I was excited to receive a huge box of goodies to play with. I decided to try my hand with her stencils painting some drop cloth fabric and using her paint sprayer for the metal frame and revamping an old footstool.

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Tools used:

Martha Stewart Crafts paints: Habanero and Surf ($1.99 each)

Martha Stewart Crafts paint sprayer ($24.99)

Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set

Martha Stewart Crafts Arabesque Stencil Set

Martha Stewart Fabric Medium


Old footstool

Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer spray paint

Drop cloth

Sewing machine and accessories


Repositionable Spray Adhesive

fine grit sandpaper


Air stapler


I started out with this $4 footstool I found at a rummage sale.   It was in decent condition except for the ripped fabric and chipped painted metal.

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I unscrewed the frame from the base and ripped off the staples and fabric covering the cushion (along with my little helper).

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Then I traced the old fabric onto some drop cloth and cut it leaving about a 1/2” edge all the way around.

Now I must admit I am a stencil virgin.   They have always scared me but I decided to jump in with both feet (and not read the directions).   Craft fail!   Apparently there is a right way and a wrong way to stencil.   I decided to try the wrong way first and just tape the stencil on and paint away.

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I then sprayed the back of my stencil with a repositionable adhesive and stuck it to my fabric. I mixed the Martha Stewart Habanero craft paint with the fabric medium. Then with barely any paint on my stenciling brush I swirled and brushed the paint on. Much better…

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Stenciling is a breeze when you do it right.   Then I sewed on some drop cloth piping around the edge.

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Then I sewed the drop cloth fabric band around the sides and attached it to the wood board with my air stapler.   Isn’t the quatrefoil design fun?   Not bad for my second try at stenciling huh?

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I lightly sanded and then sprayed the metal frame with Rustoelum’s clean metal primer. Then I tried out the Martha Stewart Paint sprayer.   Basically you mix any of her craft paints with the spraying medium at a 1:1 ratio and then attach it to the aerosol can and spray away. (This is my spray paint face).

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The paint sprayed nicely and the obvious benefit of the tool is the fact that you can choose anyone of the 160 colors that Martha offers.   However, the huge con is that the sprayer is $24.99 retail and it is enough to spray only 12 ounces of paint (the equivalent of one can of aerosol spray paint).

After dry I reattached the base to the cushion…

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It was the perfect little project to get to try new craft supplies.   I am always very impressed with the quality of products Martha puts out.   This new paint is indoor/outdoor safe and dishwasher-safe on glass. It is also non-toxic so it is safe to use with the kiddos. Plus the color line spanks the competitors if you ask me.

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