***DIY The Perfect Painted Pillow***
Have you heard of Paint A Pillow?
I have a bit of an addiction to pillows as I think they add color, texture, and a feeling of coziness to a room. When I saw Paint A Pillow for the first time I thought,
“What a brilliant idea!
A company that provides a pillow, pillow cover, stencil, and paint all in one box.”
I had to give it a try. I have to tell you, upon receiving the Paint A Pillow Kit I was excited. I knew exactly where to place the pillows knowing they would make a statement.
But something happened… I froze.
I was a little chicken.
Scared of messing something up.
Yep, it was truly annoying.
Have you had this sense of fear about an interior project that you put off and don’t do?
which turns into months,
which turns into years?
If you said yes, well, I hear you loud and clear.
I’ve had those feelings about several projects and when the project is complete, I think, why the heck didn’t I do it sooner? So there I sat with fear… fear over painting a pillow. Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn’t it? I tend to be an over thinker on things…
(because of my perfectionism I suppose)??
I don’t have much experience with stenciling on fabric and my worry was bleed through. The paint would bleed through and I would have no way to correct it! eek!
So there I sat with my brushes
ready to go…
The kit comes with a roller, 1 jar of paint, and a brush.
If I wanted one color – I could simply roll the color on and in about 5 minutes the pillow would be painted. but… you know me, I need to challenge myself and really make this pillow look artistic, so I chose two paint colors. Grey and Turquoise.
I thought these colors would complement the colors of my home beautifully.
The Gabrielle Damask stencil is gorgeous with its intricate detail. I wanted to make sure I had the colors mirror each other on either side. That’s when I came up with the idea to use drawing paper to figure out where the color was going to go. I placed the drawing paper under the stencil and using color pencil, I colored where I wanted the paint to go.
This was also a great guide for me as I painted.
What really made this fool-proof was the kit.
With the registration marks on the board,
which hold the stencil down, and the solid foundation, it made it extremely easy to work with.
Having different sizes of brushes is beneficial.
I used small brushes
for the intricate areas and larger brushes
for the bigger areas.
After the grey was painted,
I started with the turquoise.
The turquoise paint gave a watercolor effect that I really liked.
It was exciting to see the transformation and the pillow come to life.
After a short time,
the pillow cover was painted
and it was time to heat set the paint.
I set a cotton pillowcase in between the iron and pillow cover and heated the paint as recommended.
When I finally decided to have a little faith and follow the tutorials, it wasn’t that difficult after all. All of that worry, days of putting it off, and feeling inadequate could have been avoided.
Here the pillows are in my courtyard.
What do you think?
They are pretty, aren’t they?
and here is where they will go when they are not being used outside…
on my indoor bench/reading nook.
I love that the colors go perfectly with my decor.
These stencils allowed me to pick what colors I wanted and customize to my liking – love that!
So the moral of this story… forget fear, and be courageous, something great always comes out of it.
You can see more stencil patterns, tutorials, and read more about Paint-A-Pillow here.
Until next time…
Every. Single. Moment.
***Paint-A-Pillow provided me with the kit and products to try and share with you.***
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