Painted Pillow

Painting a Pillow 

 Before and After

In our former home, the guest bedroom which had served as BG's room until her older sister flew the coop, whereupon she leapt at the chance to claim her sister's much larger bedroom, lest I have any ideas of using it for a craft room, was decorated in old lady style, i.e., this old lady chose the rug, and bedding, and her tween daughter, knowing mom is always right, went along with the decor choices.

While I can not find a photo of to show you how lovely this bedroom was, I do have the comforter, and a matching throw pillow, which is the subject of this post.

 Old Lady Choice  (Waverly Home-Target)

 Tween Daughter Choice (I can't remember which store)

The rate in which I sew throw pillows, toss pillows, or decorative pillows, (what is the current term?) is turtle speed. It has been months since I borrowed PG's sewing machine, and I have yet to take it out the box, although I do have fabric and pillow forms. One day...

Until that day, when I am in the mood for a new pillow, I am stuck with buying a new one, or using my very favorite craft item. Yes, PAINT.

I am slowly replenishing my acrylic craft paint supply, which I had given away, fearful that a fire would start in the moving truck, caused by my box of craft paint. I now admit, following the fine print in the moving company's contract was stupid.

 In my haste, I forgot a completely paint-free BEFORE

I did have a nutmeg brown paint which I decided would be a nice cover for the middle insert of floral fabric in the pillow. Being too lazy to fish out the fabric medium, I brushed on straight paint, with great results. My biggest accomplishment, which is of the do not try this at home variety, was squirting the paint onto the brush, while standing. This may not seem like a big deal, but scrubbing paint out of carpet, might not be much fun.

No one will be rubbing their face on this, so a bit of roughness is fine. If I were to do this again, I would use fabric medium mixed with the paint. No, not really, but when you try this, you might want to do it the so-called correct way. I learned my lesson with following the mover's directions, and am now going wild. DO NOT follow my lead in any craft project that you may undertake. Crafting should be serious business.

Yes, this is much better. It looks less bedroomy, at least in my mind.
Of course, this chair is in a bedroom, but I am planning on using this pillow somewhere else. 
I just haven't painted the chair that I have in mind. No shocker there, right?

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed your do-not-listen-to-me post. I have painted on top of my stove, on the dining room table without newspaper, and once on the bed. Wherever the spirit hits that is where you should craft. I am already lining up some suspects for this treatment. Thanks for making my evening a happy one!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  2. I would have never thought to do that! How clever are you?! I love it!

    Take care,


  3. I just might have to try this. ;). I'm a new follower from the hop! I'm all for following my followers ;)

  4. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  5. It has turned out very well. Nice idea!!

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  6. Lisa,
    Very cute makeover. Love the brown stripe. Totally changes the whole look. Thanks for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a wonderful weekend

  7. Look at how great this turned out! And that without fabric medium! How great is that...! What a great idea to re-do a pillow without having to sew.

  8. These are so pretty. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Your are right - it is less bedroomy! Looks great!

  10. What a great idea!! It looks wonderful. I love the shape of the shape of the pillow. Thank you so much for linking up to A Bouquet of Talent. I'm your newest follower. I am thrilled to have you share this great project. :)

  11. wonderful idea ...cute little pillow now for sure. Yes, less bedroomy. I like the tip of using fabric medium. I too am a "do-er of things" in turtle. Or as my son would say. SUPER. SLOW-MO.

    Pat via: SSS

  12. Hello Lisa, this is a marvelous way to give new life to a pillow - I have so many I could just adjust a wee bit and make them wonderful! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Very clever Lisa! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. Now following you.

  14. This came out great thanks for linkin up!