3.14.2011

painting a pillow

Painting a pillow for the first time was a great experience!  Let me be clear that I have never put a brush to anything except a wall.  I am not a painter by any stretch of the imagination.  But I will say I understand the appeal.  I would do this again in a heartbeat.

I bought all of my materials at JoAnn's.  The total cost for brushes and paints was $7.50--thanks to coupons.

As a general rule, I never recommend using the pillows that come with your couch.  Don't be shy when you're choosing your sofa because chances are you can have custom pillows made in coordinating fabrics at no charge. So when we bought the luxe sofa I had no desire to keep the white, matching, lumbar pillows.

Jay convinced me to keep the pillows for later.  And when I saw Emily Henderson paint pillows on her show, I had a "I could do that" moment.  She used painters tape to create stripes.  It would also be simple to paint a chevron pillow or monogram.  But for this time I went free hand.
I like the finished look. The colors are a bit off in the picture but the middle is a dark green. It's not exactly the same as the West Elm pillow but this feels more "me".  

Once I got started I thought I could give it a slight flame-stitch look.

This was such a fun project and didn't take long to complete.  
I hope you like it!  I may have to create more because I'd like to try other patterns.

The take away?  Don't be afraid to use what you have and make it your own.You don't have to be a trained artist to try something new!
  Are you convinced to paint a pillow of your own?  
How was your weekend?

Editors note: I'm sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures.  My camera is on the fritz again.  Which I'm sure you know is a bloggers worst nightmare.  

38 comments:

  1. Fantastic!!! Love your inspiration and the final result!
    Cathy

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  2. It came out great! I like your version much better!

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  3. Love these! Sounds like this is an easy and fun project.

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  4. Great job....looks like a fun & quick project. Love it!

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  5. What?!?

    Abby, this looks so great.

    I tried to paint a wall this weekend... tracing the shape of my mirror, to go behind my mirror... if that makes sense. I haven't peeled away the tape yet to see how bad it looks. Doubting it looks as good as your pillow!

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  6. Looks great. Will it go on the sofa it came from?

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  7. Yay! I've been dying to see how this would turn out and it's fantastic! I am totally doing this over my March Break! So fun!

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  8. looks GREAT!! you and i must be on the same exact wavelength.. it's a bit spooky! hubs and i actually looked at fabric paint YESTERDAY, since i'm so frustrated about not being able to find fabric in the prints i want/like!! i'm def contemplating just painting my own pillow covers.. and since you're a newby too.. you've inspired me to try!! thanks girlie!!!

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  9. You should all try it--no question. Just make sure you share your end result with me because I'm nosy like that! :-)

    Thanks for your comments! Posting this pillow was much more nerve wracking than posting any design I've done.

    Heather, I don't think I'll keep it on the white couch because I already have chevron pillows there and I'm not crazy about having stripe next to stripe. Instead, it will live on the yellow sofa. If my camera decides to open I'll take a picture. :-)

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  10. I'm still a little hesitant to do it myself but I guess it's worth a shot.

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  11. WHAT??? Abby your pillow is AMAZING!!! Seriously, I can't get over how gorgeous it is- I have to try this now- so inspired!!

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  12. Seriously....so great, Abby!! Way to go!!

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  13. WOW!!! I LOVE THAT! Such a neat idea and it looks SO MUCH like your inspiration!

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  14. Abby, it is perfect.....WOW! such a change, and the ispiration pics are great, yours looks just like them!!! You have inspired me! I even have some fabric paint medium I bought awhile back to use. now where is a white pillow???

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  15. Abby, It came out wonderful. I like yours better...great color choices!

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  16. Great job! You should be very proud of yourself! :) What a creative idea!

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  17. Great job, Abby! It looks like something you'd pay a good penny for!!

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  18. looks amazing! love the colors!
    xoxo em

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  19. They look great!! Now I just need to find some plain pillows of my own to paint...

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  20. I love it!! It looks like you. Is it soft? You are totally inspiring these uninspired bones :). Did you get my message back about the house?

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  21. I really like it too - so graphic! very stylish xx

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  22. Yours is so much better than the inspiration pillow! So great! Perhaps you should open an etsy shop for these!

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  23. Wow Abby, the pillow looks great.

    Susan

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  24. Wow, what a great look. Love it!

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  25. It looks so good! I'm a big fan of those pillows and now you have a personalized one- too cool!!

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  26. Great job Abby, your pillow turned out beautiful. It looks like it was dyed, not painted. I think I might have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Seriously like this!
    We could not find pillows to match our room colours. We’ll just paint it now!

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  28. What are materials and how did you do it?

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  29. That came out amazing! It inspired me to try...what about...it being kid friendly? How long did it take to fully dry? Like if said kid got food on it or some kind of drink...what would come of the paint?

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  30. Looks awesome! I'm SOOO going to try this soon!

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  31. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR....that pillow is amazing...I love it!

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  32. It looks great! I definitely want to try this to replace the gross pillows on our couch.

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  33. It turned out great!!! Nice work!!!!

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Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400

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