Bright Places, How To

DIY: Graffiti Furniture

I’m not very good with blank spaces. I like to fill things up. My walls are covered with posters and art. I like to express myself in my surroundings, and when things are blank, you can’t really do that.

For years I have had a white chair in the corner of my room. I have been wanting to do something with it for some time, but I wasn’t sure what. Then I learned about graffiti furniture, and, needless to say, I no longer have a blank white chair.

Graffiti furniture is a very simple process. It consists of drawing and writing on blank pieces of furniture to create art. I was very taken with this idea, and my sister and I both decided to graffiti a chair. I used writing for mine while she focused more on an artistic design. Whatever you choose to do, you can’t really go wrong.

I covered my chair in song lyrics and passages from some of my favorite books. I also drew some very simple pictures here and there. I chose to frequently change colors and to vary the size and direction of my writing, and I think that doing this helped it to be visually interesting.

While I was working on this, I made a few mistakes with my writing, but I covered any mistakes I made with small drawings (think hearts and fish) of the same color. You can’t see the errors, and the drawings look intentional.

 

My sister had an identical chair that she chose to cover with this design. She suggests that you avoid using the side of the marker and that you use the tip instead. Doing this helps to keep the color from blending too much, and it gives you more control with your design. She also suggests outlining everything in black when you are done to make the image stand out more.

Graffiti furniture could also be an excellent present for someone. You could cover the furniture with lyrics to their favorite song or have all of their friends sign it. This would make a very personal gift that would definitely be appreciated.