As I mentioned yesterday in the Monday Funday post, I think Spring has forgotten all about us this year. Not only has it been a miserably long and terribly cold winter, but Spring is just nowhere in sight.
Sure, she peeks out just long enough to taunt us, but then runs away and leaves us with more snow and forecasted temperatures of -27. Wherever Spring is, she isn’t here, and she is certainly ticking me off.
Which made me all the mpore determined this week to brighten up my house. Hey, if it can’t be Spring outside, it might as well be Spring inside, right?
Pillows are one of my favorite ways to change up the colors and mood of a room – and conveniently enough, they happen to be really easy! Last year, I made a pillow to celebrate Spring (it actually came last year), and this year, I decided to paint pillows for our new sectional in the basement. Thankfully, I came across these new Paint-a-Pillow kits, which are genius!
Each kit comes with everything you need to make a beautiful pillow – a stencil (I chose the anemone blossom but there are so many cool designs), a frame (for holding your cover and stencil in place), a pillow cover, a pillow, one color of paint, a roller, and a brush. It also includes a mini sample and a little fabric swatch to play around with so you get the feel of stencilling on a pillow.
One color was included with the kit, but of course, I couldn’t make up my mind on what color I wanted so I ordered a bunch of extras. Plus, I can never find good fabric paint and this stuff is amazing – it doesn’t dry all stuff like other fabric paints. I grabbed red, orange, and white, thinking I would likely make coral; a raw umber and grey to create a greige color, and then a navy, turquoise, and yellow, just in case, since most of my house is in the green and blue tones (and I am a color mixing ninja).
The first thing I did was mix up my paint color. I made a coral by using 1 part each of red and orange and 3 parts white. Then I tried out the little birdie – and seriously, I was in awe. Do you see how crisp those edges are? And I suck at stencilling – no lie. I usually avoid it. But two this helped me out here: pouncing my brush instaed of sweeping it, and the textured canvas of the cover – it’s much more difficult to move paint around on these covers than say a flat wall. This also results in very little bleeding, even if you have a little too much paint on your brush once or twice (guilty).
The kit comes with a brush and a foam roller, and while the roller would probably be quicker, I felt more comfortable using the brush so I went with it. I dipped my brush in the paint, pounced it on the tray to remove any excess, and then pounced around the edges of each petal on my stencil. I went back and filled in the middle of the petals after.
For the center, I created a greige color with raw umber and grey – I didn’t measure this one, but it was about 1 part raw umber to 2 parts grey. I kept adding little dabs here and there though to make it perfect, but that’s a good starting point. This was the darker color that I used in the center. To create the lighter color around the edge of the center, I took half of my greige color and added white to make it lighter. If you find it gets too grey once you add the white, just add another dab of raw umber.
I also added some little details to the center of the petals and flower as well with some white streaks on the petals and dabs of color on the center – just for a little more visual interest. This was super easy to do – I just took a super thin artists brush that I had at home, dipped it in the paint, drew a line, and then went back with an almost dry brush and slightly blurred it. (One pillow is more blurred then the other – I’m not sure which I like better yet, so I will make them match once I decide!)
And that was honestly all there was to it. I pulled one cover out of the stencilling frame (best invention ever, by the way), put the other one in, and let them both dry once the painting was done.
On the second pillow, I flipped the stencil upside down so that the design was inverted – this way the flowers are “facing” each other, if that makes sense. I have this weird thing about everything having to “face” center. (Anyone else do that, or is it just me?)
Now these babies are sitting pretty on my husband’s our new leather sectional in the basement (which is too dimly lit for good pictures. He said any chance of him invited the guys over is now gone with the pink flowered pillows, but I reminded him they are coral and easy to switch up. Later, I saw him lying on one, so they can’t be that bad 😉
This might be my new favourite way to decorate pillows, it’s so fun! (Psst- you can snag your own by visiting the Paint-a-Pillow site – did you know they offer pillow painting party kits? What a fun idea for a girls night!) Speaking of which, I’m totally checking out which stencil I want next. I think the polka dots are calling my name (you know me and dots!)… which one would you choose?