Monday, July 23, 2012

Designer Inspired Geometric Print Pillows (For Less Than $1!)

Painted Pillow

I have become bored with my current color scheme in my living room.  There is a whole lotta brown (brown leather sofa, dark brown wood on the furniture, and hardwood floors).  I wanted to punch up the color a bit with some throw pillows but the pillows I want are out of my price range.  I love Trina Turk and her bold geometric designs.  I especially love this Avenida Maze Pillow in Pink but they go for about $150 a piece!

  Avenida Maze Pillow in Pink  Trina Turk
It’s really sad when you have designer taste on a dollar store budget.  But, if you get a little creative, you can have a new designer inspired look for next to nothing.  I have some plain pillow covers in a natural toned woven fabric so I went to Wal-Mart and bought a fifty-seven cent bottle of orange acrylic paint.   I knew I couldn’t recreate the same pattern on the Maze pillows but I could still have a similar look.
I taped off a simple criss-cross type pattern with masking tape on the pillow covers.  I unzipped them and placed cardboard inside the pillow to protect the pillows from any paint bleeding through.


First I painted on the orange acrylic paint.  When it was dry, I put the covers back on the pillows.  I  could have easily stopped there.  They looked pretty good like that  but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. 

So, I dug out some old fuchsia paint and retaped the pillow cover and filled in the spaces with the fuchsia paint. 

When it was dry and I untaped it, I traced around the edges with a white pain marker. 

Although the pillows that inspired me had a lot of brown, I didn’t use brown because they would be going on the brown sofa. 

I didn’t use any fabric medium with the acrylic paint but you could.  The fabric does feel painted but not overly stiff.  It is still washable and should be fine.  I will post an update after a few washes just to let you know but I have painted t-shirts with acrylic paint before and never had any problems. 
Geometric Print Painted Pillows (Krafty Kat)

I love my pillows!  They give a nice pop of color and add a touch of modern style to the room.  I especially love that this was so inexpensive and it didn’t take any real talent or skill, just a little patience. I will probably be painting some more pillows in the future and maybe even some other things! 

Painted Pillow2

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  1. LOVE this! At first I did not know it was painted! Fabulous.

  2. nice upgrade!!! so acrilic paint is washable? I have not used it on fabric...yet

  3. Great project! I have plenty of fabric paint and not enough ideas. Thanks for the fun idea!

  4. I love how you outlined it in white. That really adds to it a lot! I have really dark leather, too and it's so hard to lighten up the room. Thanks for linking up at Making Space Mondays. I hope we see you there next week! -Tabitha

  5. I love the colour combination for these pillows, so happy and fun! They really pop on the dark sofa. It's amazing what can be done with a little acrylic paint!

  6. Those are FABULOUS! Love the colours!

  7. These are just fabulous! I've been on a throw pillow kick lately, too!

  8. Awesome idea! I think they look great- I may have to try this myself.

  9. Wow, your pillows are awesome! I love the colors, too. You did a fabulous job!!! Now you've added another project to my to do list. LOL

  10. So cute and looks easy! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. I love your pillows, and a super thrifty project too! Here from Too Much Time and now following:)

    Hugs, Tanya

  12. Those pillows turned out great! Nice job. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend!