Friday, January 13, 2012

DIY: Painted Pillows - From Plain to Funky in 1 hour!

I had been staring at these plain Jane pillows on my couch for long enough. I wanted to spice them up a little and after looking at the stitched pattern on the pillow covers I decided painting them would be a good idea!

Keep in mind I have never painted fabric like this before and so I didn't really know what to expect but I have to say they turned out pretty cool...not quite perfect but hey its my first time!

I started out by throwing the covers in the washing machine to freshen them up. Once they were dry I laid them out on the table and placed a magazine inside so the paint wouldn't bleed through. I followed the stitched pattern already on the pillows but if you have plain covers you can freehand or use a stencil.

I used Folk Art Acrylic pain in Pure Black which I had picked up at Walmart a while ago for I believe $2.66.
With a small stiff brush I got to work painting the design. I had to be sure to go slow so the line would be clean. Once I had outlined the design I went back and filled it in with the rest of the paint. Near the end the brush started to fray a bit hence the splotches of black outside the line but thats what I get for rushing I guess.

It took me about an hour to do one cover. I let it dry overnight before stuffing the pillow back in and when I did this was the result....


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Now my pillows are fun & chic and didn't cost me a dime since I had all the materials!
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4 comments:

The Shopping Enthusiast on January 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM said...

Another great D.I.Y Farah! this is such a cool idea especially because you can do this to spruce up things you already have. I would love to see how this might work with metallic paint also.

The Shopping Enthusiast on January 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM said...

Another great D.I.Y Farah! this is such a cool idea especially because you can do this to spruce up things you already have. I would love to see how this might work with metallic paint also.

Farah on January 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM said...

Thanks! Im sure it would actually look super cool with metallic paint. My next task will be paining curtains so that should be interesting.

Mich on January 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM said...

OMG i love these!!!!

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