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