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This week is a crazy one, I have been working on a video shoot in Brooklyn for the last three days with Refinery29, (14 hours days in heels, eeeek! Foot massage please?). The project is super fun and colorful (more on ispydiy snapchat), and I can’t wait to show you the finals! In the meantime, I had to share how my DIY mudcloth print chair turned out. As I mentioned yesterday, creating the traditional fabric is an involved process, so I decided to take a $3 director’s chair that I thrifted, and try using a bleach pen to create a pattern on the canvas. I started by removing the seat/back from the chair and dying them with permanent black fabric dye, once it’s dried I drew on the pattern using a bleach pen. I love how it turned out and am going to try out the technique on some pillows next…perfect for my apt! Steps after the break…

Custom wall hangings by Niroma Studios 

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What you need:
Canvas material
Bleach pen

What to do: 
Plot out your pattern on the material by marking with pencil or freehand it (like I did!)
Trace your pattern with a bleach pen.
Let sit overnight.
When dry, wash off the excess bleach to reveal your pattern. Done!


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  1. Thais says:

    It looks so gorgeous, Jenni! It’s impressive how even if you stick to black and white, you manage to make gorgeous projects! Also, that log side-table? WOW. Simply stunning! Did you purchase it that way or did you wax/prep it? If so, mind sharing how? I’m always a bit scared of bringing logs home because of termites and bugs…

    Keep up the spirit! Have a great day! 🙂

  2. Scribs farm says:

    This is so cool! Turned out fantastic! Where did you get that side table? I love everything in the photos.

  3. I have always turned a blind eye when it came to DIY’s involving bleach, but this one is a winner! Absolutely love the patterns
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Paige says:

    That chair is super cute! You did an awesome job!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  5. I just love that trunk side table! I saw a coffee table like that once, with a round glass top. I totally should have bought it. But it was so heavy!!!

    Love,
    Julie @ http://www.xfallenmoon.com

  6. Laura says:

    I think I have the EXACT same chair! I made new covers for it and printed on it with lino stamps a few years ago. I’m loving the bleach pen technique that you’ve done! Definitely going to give this a try!

    1. Laura says:

      I can’t stop thinking about this DIY so I linked it up on my weekly roundup: http://www.justblueflint.com/blog/this-week-01

  7. Love your chair’s pattern. However, what I liked even better are those fantastic wall hangings. I visited their website and just fell in love with their stuff. Great post, Jenni!

  8. sherry says:

    Love the chair. So nice for your apartment.

  9. Sharon says:

    So many great ideas. Keep up the good work.

  10. I’m soon going to redecorate my room and I’ll be doing this for sure! Love it
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  11. Annie Abbey says:

    Wow this is such a great idea!!! I love the idea of just using a bleach pen instead of white paint…I would not have thought of that! Also I love the custom wall hangings!!! They are so cool!
    Xoxo
    Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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