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.