Friday, January 11, 2013

Painted Throw Pillow: Drab to FAB!

Drab to FAB! 

It is amazing that upholstery fabric can be PAINTED! This project has been on my to-do list for a while, and now with a-handmade-Christmas over I can finally get to it.

Just in case the project went awry I picked a throw pillow from a curb alert. I love the pillows design, but not the color so much. It isn't currently being used, so if it gets ruined and tossed it won't be missed.

I followed the instructions from HypenInteriors by Kristy Swain. She provides an excellent step-by-step tutorial. You can also click here to see other methods of painting furniture. Thank you Kristy for creating such an awesome resource on this topic!

**Note the small paintbrush in the picture: thought it would help get in-between the ridges. Ended up switching to a 2inch brush later in the game.
The ridged front is my favorite feature of this pillow.

Using a spoon for measurement I followed the 1:1 ratio of paint to fabric medium.The only difference is that I  only used Acrylic paint, no latex paint.
This picture shows the before with paint followed by the after with the fabric medium added. Color stays the same, consistency changes.

before textile medium
after textile medium added 1:1

 Then I added an equal amount of water. The final product was very watery. Spraying away I started painting the back. Here is my photo journey:

these ridges were a booger to coat evenly

forget how many coats this was...but still wasn't even 

**And this is where I switched to the 2 inch brush. I probably had to do 4-5 coats to get it even. Not sure if it was because of the brush or because it was acrylic paint instead of the recommended latex. 

Either way, I LOVE how it turned out. 

in our breakfast nook


  1. Awesome!! Love the fact that you can paint fabric!! Great job!

    Jenna @

  2. Seriously? I would have never know you can do this! Thanks for linking up!

    FYI~ I had trouble leaving this comment due to your word verification being on. A lot of people don't leave comments if they have to do Captcha. You can turn off word verification and turn on comment moderation and you will probably get more comments!

  3. Thanks for letting me know. Think I fixed it.

  4. How cool! I was always curious about how painting would turn out :) thanks for sharing at the weekly creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  5. I'm going to have to try this sometime. Oh the things that we can do with paint!!!! I am a new follower! I found your link on Flamingo Toes. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @

  6. Hi Audra,
    I really appreciate the sweet comment you made on my photography blog & I love this post. What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by.

    Rachelle S.

  7. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.

  8. Wow, your pillow looks beautiful! I've been thinking about painting one of my grandmother's antique chairs. Thanks for the inspiration to practice on something smaller first. :) Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! I hope you have a wonderful week. :)


    1. I wanted to start with a love seat but was too scared. The pillow success has me chomping at the bit to paint it now! lol Outside of the ruffles, the painting was a breeze. Look forward to pics of your chairs. Good luck!

  9. What a great idea! Your pillow looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  10. Really neat product and pillow up cycle:) Stop by

  11. A painted pillow! Who knew?? Would you consider sharing this on the Farmhouse Style Blog Hop?

  12. What a coincidence!!
    I'm planning to paint my wing back chair and bought textile medium the other day :)
    Your cushion turned out so cute!

    1. Good luck on your chair! I look forward to seeing pics of it!

  13. I've seen some posting around the internet about painting fabric and it's awesome! So thrilled you linked up to my party, too!!!
    Hope you come back next week. Linda

  14. Wow, this turned out so pretty. Very brave to paint the fabric. Thanks for linking to Talkin’ About Thursday -