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Friday, February 22, 2013

Paint Fabric to Match Your Decor

Have you ever had an idea in your head for a decorating project and just could NOT find the right fabric to make it work? Here's a quick and clever solution. Paint your fabric to match your project! Yup, I did it and here's how.

When I redid my master bedroom in turquoise, brown, black and white I already had the comforter and some matching sheets but even with my huge fabric stash I just could not find the right color of turquoise for pretty pillows. Aargh! I wanted to make those pillows NOW! I could have gone shopping but there was no room in the budget for pillows. The REAL budget laughs at the concept of a pillow budget and would give it a wedgie if it came close. But I DID find these fabrics in my craft room......

I love the brown and white print and bought all they had when I found a sale for $1 a yard. I am an absolutely sucker for a fabric bargain! The teal fabric is a standard Walmart flat sheet, and I bought it because for $5 you get several yards of usable fabric. (Here's a hint-at Halloween WM has single flat sheets in BLACK for $5. That's enough for lots of Halloween projects right there!) And the embroidered white on black fabric was a remnant, but a big one, almost a full yard. BUT the two prints were not the right color. Soooooo....

.... I painted my fabric to match my bedroom! 
I was so excited how well this worked that I insisted that The Welding Man come look and feign enthusiasm! Hey, don't tell me you've never forced your hubs to "appreciate" your projects, lol!

 I experimented a bit with remnants and found a look that I liked and so I went to work. First I chose  craft acrylic paint in turquoise and watered it down to a skim milk consistency. Then I sprayed each fabric piece with water to dampen it and with a paintbrush just touched into the paint I then touched the brush to the fabric. The cohesion of the water in the brush to the damp fabric just drew the color into the threads and it was easy and fun to do. 

I actually laughed out loud as I was doing it cus it was coming out so cool! Since the paint is so thin, the fabric takes the color without getting stiff. No, I did not add fabric medium.

 I LOVE the watercolor look on the white and brown fabric, much better than a solid teal dyed background. I even sprayed it with water before it was dry to increase the pretty watercolor look. On the embroidered pillow I only colored half the embroidery so the pillow is half teal and half white stitching. It looks very much like a custom job. Oh wait, it is a custom job.

Once the fabric was dry I ironed the backside to set the paint. And yes, these covers are washable and the color holds true. Love that!

I made a pretty pin tucked pillow from that Wal Mart sheet following online tutes and I am pleased as punch with the way it turned out. It's a nice textured punch of color to go with my painted pillow covers. Score!

My total cost on this project was minimal but let's break it down...
brown and white fabric @ $1 a yard less than $1
white embroidered black remnant @ $1 less than $1
WalMart flat single sheet for $5 less than $1.00
(I have enough fabric left of all of these for more pillow projects)
Craft paint on hand zero extra cost
old pillows stuffed into new pillow covers zero
So total cost was less than $4

 Even the REAL budget condescended enough to give the pillow budget a nod of approval. And now since I saved so much getting the pillows I wanted I can take my teeny tiny budget and hit thrift stores and yard sales for neat accessories!!

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  1. Hi, I love your chair . . .it turned out marvelous. I haven't visited for sometime now, but wanted to invited you over to put your name in the hat for my current Give-Away.
    Have a delightful weekend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  2. That is absolutely genius! I've searched high and low for decorative pillows to match my bedspread but haven't been able to find them. Thanks for showing me how to make it happen!

    I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

    - Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

  3. Genius! The pillows look sooo pretty!

  4. wow love the colors you used, they look great!

  5. Hi. I love the idea of painting your pillows to match! Question though....how is it the brown wasn't covered by the paint? Is the brown just dark enough on its own that the watered down paint won't cover it?


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