February 27, 2014

DIY: Painted Pillows {Designer Lookalikes}

Hi all! I haven't really done a post about my living room in a while, and for good reason. The state of the room has been in constant flux, and I haven't been able to make up my mind about anything concrete. The biggest obstacle for me in the room was my blue couch. While I loved it (it was very comfortable), it has holding me back from making other design decisions in the room. For example, I've had two vintage butterfly chairs for almost two years now, and I still haven't had them reupholstered. Why? I didn't want to decide on a fabric until I knew what my couch was going to look like. And I didn't know what my couch was going to look like because I am a stingy, picky, thrifty, won't-settle-for-less kinda gal. The only problem was that there wasn't much wiggle room in the budget for a shiny new couch, so imagine my excitement when I found this new (to me!) one at Habitat ReStore! It was a show room couch, and it has a slip cover, which is convenient and easy to clean.

To accompany my new couch, I had to have some new pillows. The best part about this project was that I didn't have to go out and purchase any items...I already had them in my stash! It was the perfect afternoon project. 


I've long loved this Les Touches fabric by Brunschwig and Fils, and it looked pretty easy to replicate, so this became option number one.


I had three pillow covers, so I knew I wanted to make one of them different. I immediately thought of the simple statement Zimba by Schumacher pattern!


Here's what you'll need:


SUPPLIES:

-acrylic paint (any color will do)
-fabric medium (purchased at Michael's)
-pillow covers or white fabric (I used these $3 covers from Ikea)
-paint brushes
-painter's tape

I've never worked with paint medium before, but it was very simple! Just mix 2 parts paint with 1 part medium, and paint just like you normally would.


I taped off the edges of my pillow cover for two reasons: it gives you a nice, clean line, and it also secures the cover to the table while you're painting! I pulled up a photo of the Zimba pattern on my phone, and used a charcoal pencil to freehand the pattern directly on to the pillow cover.


Zimba is a very organic geometric, so it was so simple to paint! The less you think about it, the better it turns out.


I didn't take any progress photos of the Les Touches inspired pillows, but I free-handed those with an angled brush. The key is to make the spots as natural looking as possible. I tapered off the paint at the edges to make it look like they were "bleeding" almost. It's much less harsh.

Here's the final result!


The greek key pillows were a purchase from Lowe's last year. You could absolutely paint this pattern, though it would take a lot of tape!



After the paint dried for 24 hours, I turned the pillow cases inside out and ironed them, per the directions. I was worried that this would make the paint melt or smear, but it set it perfectly!



PS- my Ikea FINALLY had a fiddle leaf fig in stock, so I snapped it up. I'm taking suggestions on how to tend for it from those with green thumbs!



The final tally for this project if you had to go out and purchase all of the items would be less than $15 for three pillows. Amazing, right? I'm definitely impressed with the fabric medium. Now, let's see if they stand the test of time...

I know that the "karate chopped" pillow is a subject that many are very particular about, but here's where I stand: I don't like the look of a severely chopped pillow, but I also don't like the look of a pillow that lays flat against the back of a couch. I have down inserts, so why make them look two dimensional? I like to pop the top of the pillow with the palm of my hand, almost like I'm giving it a high five. It's rewarding and I really like the result. Where do you stand with the "chop"?


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  1. Great DIY! I think I'm going to have to experiment with some plain pillow covers :)

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    1. Thanks, lady! You should, you already have such a fab collection!

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  2. I like the chop - makes it look fluffy and comfy (even though if I had all those nice pillows I would harm anyone who dared lean back on them) :-) Could you let me know where you got the pot for your fiddle leaf? I love it!

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    1. haha! I figured for $9 it wouldn't be too bad if people messed them up. We'll see how they hold up! It's actually just a basket from Ikea...I'm pretty sure it was in the organizing section?

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    2. Thanks! I totally bought it this weekend :-) I even got one of the plastic liners from the plant department. Sweet!!

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  3. Shannon, these are SO good!! Les Touche is my favorite, what a fun surprise, I was expecting abstracts. :) I agree, not a fan of a severe chop.

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    1. Pam! Thank you so much! I'm LOVING your foyer, by the way!

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  4. these look great! I may have to borrow your idea!

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  5. Loving this DIY, and your blog! I am so glad I found it!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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    1. Yay! Thank you, I'm so glad you found me!

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  6. Totally NOT a fan of the chop, but I AM a fan of these pillows! They look amazing and super expensive:) Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks, Shavonda! Hopefully my chop isn't too offensive :) Thanks for the love!

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  7. Great job on the DIY :) I am a fan of the chop!

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  8. I'm a chopper too! Not too much, but a little. I tried to get some of those pillow covers the last time I was at Ikea, and they were out. :( It's on the list for next time! These look AMAZING! I would never have guessed they were DIY or painted!

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    1. Choppers unite! :) These pillow covers were sold out forever at my local Ikea, so when they came back in stock, I bought every single one! Thanks so much, Jennifer!

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  9. You NAILED this. They look amazing!! I'm not a fan of the chop myself (I don't know why, I think it looks a bit too staged maybe?) but THESE are awesomeness. So good. xxx

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  10. Gorgeous DIY!!!! And I'm not a huge fan of the chop either.

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    1. Thanks, Gabbi! I'll try to keep my chopping at a minimum :)

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  11. Your pillows look amazing! I never would have know that they were a DIY! I'm right with you on the chopped pillows - don't like them straight but don't like the mega chop either - somewhere in between! Thanks so much for sharing your project over on Best of the Nest!

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I guess it's like the Goldilocks of pillow chops...we like it somewhere between "too much" and "not at all" :)

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  12. Wow! We are on the same page! I just asked a blogger friend to run to Ikea for me so I could DIY some pillows. I love yours! They turned out so so good! xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks, friend! I can't wait to see yours!

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    2. Haha, Kristen! I'm friend with the Ikea pillows. Love yours so much!

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  13. Wow!! i love this, they would look great on my couch. great tutorial.

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  14. Shannon!!! I love your style and that you DIYed those patterns!!! You are a rockstar, I was just swooning over the Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric this week as a matter of fact, and now the look is actually attainable for me. I think I might attempt the dots on a napkin or something first so I can your "bleeding" technique down. THANK YOU for sharing how you did this on Best of the Nest!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! It was actually very easy! I made each pillow in about 10 minutes. Let me know how it goes!

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  15. They look gorgeous!!! I can't believe that sofa!!! Lucky girl!! I'm about to replace ours too (and by about, I mean in like 5 months) and I severely doubt I will have similar luck. Anyways, fab post as always. Your living room is just gorgeous. Also, I embrace the karate chop. I know it's totally taboo, but I will karate chop as I please. xo ~V

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    1. Thanks, lady friend! I waited for months and months until I saw this couch on the Habitat's Facebook page. It was at a store that was an hour + away from me, so I hopped in the car immediately and drove there...and it was an additional 25% off! You'll find one, I just know it. I can't wait to see your reno! :)

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  16. These are fabulous! That brunschwig & fils one had to be tricky!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! The pattern was hard to figure out at first, but once I got it, it was so easy!

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  17. I love your room! I was in a similar boat, had two chairs waiting to be reupholstered because I didn't like the color of my existing sofa. I do ally bought a new sofa but I wasn't as thrifty as you. Nice job!, again, love love the room and the pillows are great! Fund you at Simple Details link up.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! Now there's no excuse for me to pick a fabric... ;)

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  18. These look amazing and the whole space is so inspiring! I definitely need to pick up some pillow covers next trip to Ikea. I'd love it if you shared this at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now, UpcycledTreasures.com. Hope to see you there!

    -Katie

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    1. Thanks so much, Katie! I will come share!

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  19. Love this! As far as the fiddle leaf goes, 1 cup of water per foot per week. No more…they don't like to be over-watered. If you start getting black spots on leaves its too much water! I bought a 5 ft. tree from my local nursery last fall and its still going strong. Also, they like lots of filtered light and they don't like to be moved around a lot. If it seems happy, don't move it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny! That's perfect. Congrats on your tree! I will certainly follow your suggestions, and I'll let you know if it holds up! :)

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  20. Shannon, this is so clever! It was lovely to meet you at DBC!

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    1. Paloma! Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to meet you, and your speech was inspiring and incredibly motivational. Maybe I'll see you at hpmkt! :)

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  21. They all look like the originals! Perfect!

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  22. Really gorgeous! Glad I found you!

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    1. Julia! I've been waiting for you to find me forever! Haha. Love your blog, and I'm so glad you found me!

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  23. Found this post via Casa Sugar. I happen to make decorative pillow covers in my Etsy shop, but I think your versions are great too!

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    1. Hi Hollie, and welcome! I'm so glad you found me. I literally pinned a pillow from your Etsy shop last week! I've been eyeing those leopard ones...I really need to add some to this couch!

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  24. Lovely pillows! You did such a fabulous job!

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  25. This is a REALLY awesome DIY! Your pillow came out brilliantly! You could sell these ;)

    Bailey
    aka Bailey

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  26. I'm a chopper and I'm crazy about your pillows!

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  27. I can't believe these are DIY...so so pretty!!! And I'm a fellow chopper on occasion too!

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  28. Those pillows look great!....your chop is perfect not too much!

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  29. Very cool Shannon. You have made your living room look very high end with the bold graphic pillows!
    PS I just bought a large fiddle leaf fig plant and love it!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Artist William Glackens

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    1. Hi Karena! Thanks so much! Good luck caring for your tree! I love the large ones.

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  30. Love your pillows and how your room looks. Where did you get the prints/artwork from? They would look great in my house

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! I actually painted them myself :)

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  31. Love the footstool, where did you get the fur/lambskin to recover?

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  32. You have really great style! I love this room. It's amazing what you can do on very little money. I feel sorry for people that spend even $25 on a pillow. I'm so stingy with money when it comes to these things, and knowing all the different DIY versions out there. I'm in love with white right now, and gold. I want to paint every room in my house white & go for your look exactly. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  33. Beautiful friend!! Wonderful job! :)

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  34. Beautiful! where are the B&W brush stroke abstract paintings above the sofa from?

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  35. Oh my goodness, I love your room!! Literally, every.single.thing. and now im following you on pinterest to get more good ideas for my casa:) I need those abstract black and white paintings in my house too lol.
    Come over and say hi at my place sometime, myclevernest.com!
    Alyssa

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  36. Fantastic project!! I just discovered your blog and I'm already hooked.
    Thanks so much for sharing :) I will definitely incorporate more DIY projects in my site soon --> splendorstyling.com
    xx,
    m.

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