I recently found an amazing toss pillow on clearance at Target.
Sadly, the pillow didn’t go with my bedroom or bedding, so to make a long story short, this little clearance sticker sparked an entire bedroom makeover that involved painting my bedroom furniture. It reminds me of the childhood story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”…like, “If You Show This Mom a Clearance Sticker…”
To be fair, my existing furniture and bedding needed some serious help, so the sparkly clearance pillow was a good thing.
As luck should have it, Target also had a grey duvet cover set that was even more of a deal at 60% off! So, of course, I bought the duvet cover, along with another on-sale pillow that served as color inspiration.
Since my bed would look ridiculous with only two small toss pillows, and Target didn’t have any more pillows on clearance, I decided to paint my own pillows to match.
I had recently purchased the coolest “Paint-a-Pillow” kits from Cutting Edge Stencils and this was the perfect chance to try them out.
My trusty Home Depot paint guy matched the colors in my floral pillow and mixed up sample sizes of each. I added BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder so the paint would bond nicely with the pillow fabric. I used Benjamin Moore colors “tricycle red”,”spring tulips” and “flame.” Click here for detailed directions for mixing your own chalk paint.
For the Chrysanthemum stencil, I decided to use all three shades of pink/red. So, I squirted a line of each onto my tray like this:
Then, I rolled the roller through the paint, then over a paper towel like this:
Rolling over a paper towel before rolling over the stencil helps keep paint from bleeding under the stencil. With my roller coated and excess paint removed, I rolled it over my stencil, moving in different directions until the whole stencil was complete. Because of the way the frame is designed, the stencil stayed in place nicely.
Once the paint was dry (about ten minutes), I loosened the brads and removed the pillow cover from the stencil frame.
Then, I inserted the pillow form and zipped the pillow closed. You can see that I chose to do a different stencil pattern on each side of the pillow. I figured this would be a good way to change things up when I get bored.
I’m so pleased with the outcome!
And when I get bored, I turn the floral pillow over and switch my painted pillows to the nautical side.
There is no need to seal painted fabric when it’s on pillows or curtains because these things will go in the wash. The only time I seal painted fabric is when it’s on furniture, like a chair or seat cushion.