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DIY Painted Pillow Covers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I had recently been looking for a way to update my family room, without breaking the bank. Since I had limited funds to work with, I decided that I could provide a quick update for fall by changing out my pillows that live on my couch. The only problem is that a nice, down-filled pillow cost way more than I wanted to spend, even at discount retailers. I then decided that I would make my own, but I just never thought about how. After being approached by the generous folks over at ScotchBlue TM about trying out their new ScotchBlue TM Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge- Lock TM Paint Line Protector, a light bulb went off in my head and I decided that I would just paint some covers to achieve a simple striped look. I love how stripes are so crisp and timeless!

Since Ikea is literally five minutes from my job, I swung by there after work to grab two of there inexpensive 20x20 white Gurli pillow covers and Fjadrar pillow inserts. Each cover was $3.99 and each insert was $5.99. Not bad considering one down pillow could cost $29.99 or more. I then purchased gold fabric paint from Hobby Lobby for $2.00 after I used the 40% off coupon. To apply the fabric paint I used a disposable plate and good quality paint brush.

I started this project by ironing the pillows covers after taking them out the pack. They were pretty wrinkled!

I then eyeballed the placement of my stripes and placed the ScotchBlue TM Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge- Lock TM Paint Line Protector accordingly.

As you can see, my placement was not perfect, however I pressed the tape down to ensure that it was secure to the fabric. What makes this tape so special is its ability to deliver sharp lines, without any bleed through. That is important when working on a project, such as this one, where proficiency is key!

After applying the tape and ensuring it was secure, I just lightly stroked in the areas that were not taped off.

After painting all of the stripes, I removed the tape, as I feel it is better to remove the tape prior to the paint drying to ensure a crisper line. Once the tape was removed, I allowed the fabric paint to dry for another four hours, then turned the pillow cover inside out, and ironed it again. 

Here is what I was left with. Beautiful, modern, crisp stripes and a nice addition to my existing floral pillows.

This entire project from start to finish, not including dry time, takes less than an hour. Such a small investment of time, for a pretty impact.

I hope to soon get around to doing  full reveal of my family. I just have a few more touches to add.

I received the ScotchBlue TM Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge- Lock TM Paint Line Protector to use and review based on any project of my choice. All opinions are my own.

While we are on the subject of pillows, the winner of the Burlap Pillow Cover from SassafrasHome is Darnetha with ChippaSunshine. Congrats Darnetha, and you should receive an email from me soon!

Until next time!

Giveaway Time!!! Featuring SassafrasHome

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited about this giveaway today, and I know that you will be too! I received a pillow from a very sweet and professional small business owner who runs an Etsy shop called SassafrasHome. Patrice, who is the shops owner was nice enough to send over this gorgeous, burlap monogrammed pillow cover, that has been personally marked with the Marshall brand. Pillows can quickly change the look of any space and I love the personalized look that it adds to my sofa.

I don't know Patrice personally but just in our communication, her generous spirit and personality shines clearly, which is very comforting. She is also nice to enough to gift one of her most popular items, a 16x16 personalized monogram burlap pillow cover to one of you guys, my fabulous blog friends.

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Remaining Dining Room Plans

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank you so much for all of your kind feedback regarding my dining room cabinet reveal earlier this week. Every time I look at that little cabinet, I am in awe of the power of paint. Making over that cabinet gave me the final push to "finish" off this room, which has transitioned over the past couple of years.

This is how my dining room looks today...

I am happy with its evolution, but I just have a couple more things that I would like to complete.

The lighting... This chandelier is the original one that was there when we moved in.

I don't completely hate it, but I definitely don't love it. So it has to go.

I have been scouring Pinterest, and these lighting ideas have definitely inspired me.

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Via DecorPad.com.
Roy Sausalto Five-Light Drum Pendant: This sucker costs $855! I know the price will no where near work for my budget, but I still really love the style.

love this room. the table & lighting, the sweet b print and white everywhere. clean and styled, not cluttered.
via Apartment Therapy

 I am again attracted to the drum pendant shade. This is the Eden Pendant from CB2. Would you believe that I already own one of these? Purchased it two years ago because it was "cute" and never did anything with it. It will more than likely be the first lighting option that I try.I don't know if I like that it only has one light bulb slot available. That just doesn't seem like enough light to me.

Isabella & Max Rooms: Street of Dreams Portland Style: House 1
via House of Fifty

Lighting is very hard to select, especially for such a visual person like me. As I digress, I would rather buy all of them, hang each one, live with it for a day or two, and take back the ones I don't like. I know that's doing waaaaay to much:( But I know I won't be able to make up my mind very easily.


The blank wall... Because this art piece is so striking, I have a hard time filling this blank wall that sits across from it. Mainly because I don't want anything that will take away from it, or fight against it, if that makes sense. This wall sits to the right of my newly painted cabinet.

So the other day while perusing the aisles of Target, I came across these picture ledges.

Image courtesy of Target.com

What drew me to this ledge was that it had a pretty gray-washed tone, which I had never seen in a picture ledge. These ledges are by Threshold, they are  23" long and cost $12.99 each, plus I used the Cartwheel app and received an additional 15% off. I purchased two. Once I put them up, I will let you know how I style them, or heck, if I even like them on this wall.

If you have any other lighting suggestions, please let me know! I always love to hear your input.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time!

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