Sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs

Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
Blame this one on Bliss Ranch’s AMAZING chairs.

And then came I Restore Stuff’s crazy cool carpet.

And then there’s Front Porch Mercantile’s decadent bench idea…

Oh my goodness. I resolved to try those ideas somewhere! I just didn’t know where yet.

Until this past week…

pallet wood sofa and chair, freshly pressure washed, ready for a new look!
As you know from my last post, I just finished pressure washing the entire backyard area. First hit was the patio.

Oh how I LOVE the patio at this stage! It means anything is possible!

While I was pushing everything back in place, I sighed. I wanted something fresh and different from last year.

So I snooped through my linen closet, hoping for something to just magically jump out and yell, “I’ll work!”

Nothing. Not a sound was heard.

Until my eyes landed on an old, repeatedly washed painter’s drop cloth. 



Sign styled stencils hung from vintage hangers | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
And just like that, those two inspiring projects that were on my mind had me sprinting for every stencil I owned.

The grill has never looked so… creative. 🙂

Armed and ready, this stenciled fabric totally transformed the look of the chairs, and was so fun and easy to make!

I really think this is my fav patio update thus far!

Here’s how I did it…


What you’ll need: (includes some Amazon affiliate links)

Random Old Sign Stencils

Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal black and some black acrylic craft paint

Stencil brush – I like larger ones

Painter’s drop cloth x 1 (cut in half)

A random board for underneath the stencils

Stenciling sign stencils onto painter's drop cloth for patio furniture fabric | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
1. Wash and dry a painter’s drop cloth.

2. Position stencils where desired on the drop cloth.

3. Placing a board underneath to avoid bleed, stencil each design, using a very dry brush to ensure crisp, sharp lines.

Tip: While the stencil placement looks pretty random, there was some thought behind it. I rotated bold vs. thin letters, then designs vs. words. Some stencils also aligned against each other.

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Since the fabric is so absorbent, the stencil lines were super sharp and went on flawlessly!

If one desired to sew, they could create a fitted sheet of sorts out of it. But since my sewing machine is MIA… on purpose

I just folded the fabric around the foam mattresses. It stays put pretty well!

Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |

A few pillows later, this pallet sofa was ready for coffee time!

Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
Black and white subway styled stenciling on fabric for patio chair covers Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
You’ve seen the Bed & Breakfast pillow in my bedroom before.

As well as the crate coffee table.

And of course, the tutorial for the pallet wood sofa is HERE.

Stenciling sign stencils onto painter's drop cloth for patio furniture fabric | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
The pallet wood chair was next!

A few different stencils were used to vary things up a little.

With all the same steps taken….

Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
… the end result was one pretty sweet lookin’ chair!

Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
Here’s a closer look how the graphics were arranged.

In hindsight, I probably could have added more. However some rain tornado hit the patio sending everything flying, so the patio was gutted in under 30 seconds, then resumed 2 days later.

Talk about bad timing.

However the chairs got done, and now I can call myself a fabric designer!


Farmhouse styled patio table from reclaimed wood and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
I think I’m leaving the Farmhouse patio table in place, because it does work. I just added a big wreath until I decide if I’m getting flowers up here or not.

Gotta admit, I’m rather intrigued that the wreath won’t die on me… 

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Black and white themed sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs, subway style with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |

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Simple and sweet and done! Let the 2017 patio games begin!

What do you think of the fabric idea? Think you may try the look out with some stencils you have?

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Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.

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35 thoughts on “Sign stenciled fabric for the pallet wood chairs

  1. OMG Donna! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! This is by far one of my favorites of your porch décor. It can be used in so many ways. On curtains, table cloths, pillows, coverings for furniture. I can’t wait to try. You’ve inspired me. Just a question – how did you attach the fabric to keep it on, so to speak? Is the fabric tucked in or somehow tucked in? Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful idea. It’s a great for me to start my mothers day. May you have a Happy Mothers Day! Oops – I said tucked in twice. I meant to inquire if it was ‘sewn’ or ‘tucked’! Thanks!

    • Thank you Joanne! And whoops! I’ve edited the post to better explain what I did. I simply wrapped the fabric around the mattresses loose like. I guess the foam has good gripping power because it stays put really well!

      And yes to all your other fabric ideas. This would make a super cute bedspread or shower curtain!

  2. Ok I didn’t think anyone could top Bliss’s stenciled chair but you may have just done that (sorry Bliss) This is fantastic! I love what you did with her fantastic idea, your porch looks fabulous…. I will be right over, have a drink ready!! LOL

  3. This is so cool – I’ve put most of all my project ideas on the back burner for when we move but holy cow this has really caught my attention. What a great idea and I’ve yet to try stenciling on fabric – this is true inspiration and you know I never thought about doing our own patio furniture. Loving this.

  4. Oh my! I just finished two pillows to give my mom for Mothers Day using drop cloth, paint and stencils but now you’ve given me even more inspiration! Happy Mothers Day you creative sweet soul😘

  5. Love your porch! Love the rustic elements mixed with the refined Windsor chairs, and that gorgeous “farmhouse” table. The stenciled fabric was such a fun addition. And the black and white, plus wood, puts almost a contemporary feel to a rather grand timeless outdoor room. Nice. You are an artist.

  6. Looks great!! And I love the amount of stencils you used. There are places for the eye to “rest” – otherwise it would get too busy. 🙂

  7. I make aprons from painter’s drop cloths. The stencils would look awesome on those! Love the way your patio furniture turned out – you have some of the best (and cutest) ideas! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  8. Thank you for this! I’ve seen your posts about your deck before, but I haven’t pressure-washed mine yet, and with the long weekend coming, I needed a kick in the butt!

    Also, I’ve struggled for a few years with my deck set… it’s powder-coated dark brown metal with wide arms, and thick cushions; very modern looking actually. I love all things rustic so I’m looking to switch it up – making some cushion covers like this would be perfect! We’re on the farm and the covers tend to get dirty quickly, so covers like these could be quickly removed to shake the dust off, or tossed in the wash.

    Kudos on your other posts lately, about taking time for yourself. I had a personal shake-up in my life about 7 or 8 years ago, and I really had to find myself, to find my way out and forward. From what I can see, you have everything you need within! Keep on truckin!

    • Hi Gayleen!

      As far as I’m aware, I should be able to wash it as is. I suppose one could possibly spray scotch guard it but I plan to try as is. I’ll update this post after I have!

  9. This is BEYOND AMAZING! It’s rare now to be stopped dead-in-your-tracks on while scrolling through beautiful photos, but this….WOW!!

    Sharing on a blog post with a direct link — just perfect!!!


  10. Love it all, it actually looks very cool! I’m pretty sure you just started a trend! by the way, those pillows are cool too, where from?

  11. Hi! In case no one else has asked, you mentioned the Fusion paint and another one. How and when did you use each, please? I would like to try your project, and learn how to do the paint. It is sooo cute! And, I LOVE drop cloth projects!!!! Thank you!

  12. Hi Donna, Where did you get foam mattresses- are these crib size? How have they held up outside (although covered from elements)?
    Love the idea, thanks!

    • Hi Maureen! The foam pieces were custom cut at an RV upholstery place. It can be price efficient if you are able to select a used chunk of foam if they carry that. New foam will be more costly. Regardless, I found whatever the costs were to be worthwhile as I live in these pieces during nice weather!

      With one pallet sofa, I initially built it to the size of a futon mattress I found at a thrift store. However due to it getting damp being outdoors, I had to throw it away. Foam pieces are lighter and easier to carry indoors in poor weather. You can even purchase outdoor foam from an RV place, however it will ultimately be a lot more costly.

      Happy foam hunting!

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