There are lots of different ways to create your own unique pillows with paint, but I went for the easiest way I could come up with and thought I’d share how to paint pillows the easy way.
Skip the special fabric paint, skip the stencils, and skip the fabric softener. Instead, whip out your random leftover test paint pots, your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, some acrylic paint from your craft bin, and some washable pillow covers.
After finishing our wood-topped banquette in our eat-in kitchen, I wanted to add some pillows to make the seating area a little cozier. I needed pillows that could withstand kids, food, drink, butts (my dad likes to sit on pillows, no explanation for that), and a washing machine. None of my faves on Etsy fit all that criteria, so I decided to create my own. By painting this:
For a mere three bucks, it is the perfect way to experiment with pillow painting. I painted a bunch of pillows, one of which involved my pal Mr. Clean and his Magic Eraser. I cut a portion of the eraser into a circle shape and then dipped it into gold acrylic paint that to create my gold dot pillow.
Then I used the gold acrylic paint and Magic Eraser again when creating my gold striped pillow. For that one, just tape off your lines with painter’s tape, sponge on your paint, and then peel the tape to reveal perfectly painted lines. I tried peeling the tape when the paint was wet and when it was dry, and found no difference whatsoever.
For a simpler pillow, I painted the right side of the pillow with a test pot of paint I had on hand (Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray) and then used the same taping + Magic Eraser method to create the gold stripe. The flat latex paint is not crunchy at all, but kind of looks like suede, so it is a win-win. And this is even after I ran it through the washing and drying machines.
Then if you want to paint a bird or other pic, skip the stencil and create your drawing on a sheet of paper, go over your outline in a black marker (on the paper, not the pillow), and then put the paper inside your white pillow cover so you can see the outline and trace the design onto the pillow with your paint. Super easy, especially when you again grab some leftover test paint from your basement (this was my leftover Sherwin Williams Rejuvenation test paint from our family bathroom).
The easiest way to do some pillow painting is to go for it and if it doesn’t turn out too well, no biggie, just hide it behind a different pillow. Here are a few final tips:
flat paint is best, skip the semi-gloss or gloss
- get ideas from Etsy, Pinterest, etc. before committing to a design
- skip stencils and pencils, just experiment with your paintbrush
Dude, give it a try, you may just like the results.
Anyone else have some good tips for pillow painting? Or put your test paints to use on pillows? If you haven’t tried it yet, you should totally go for the gold…*