How to Update Pillows With Paint

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6 Hours

Do you have throw pillows that you’ve grown tired of? Learn how to update those pillows with paint.

My husband had this futon when we were married and it now has three covers on it. The last cover was plaid from LLBean and I purchased bolster pillows to match. I wanted to update the pillows without having to sew a new cover, so I painted them.

For this project, I used leftover chalk paint and fabric medium. Regular paint will also work. The paint and fabric medium are mixed at a 2:1 ratio.

First, spray the fabric with water to moisten it. It doesn’t need to be extremely wet.

Then use a paintbrush to paint the pillows. I recommend using a round paintbrush for painting. I did the first coat with a regular paintbrush and it took a long time. The round paintbrush saves a ton of time.

This is what they looked like after five coats.

After the sixth coat of paint, the plaid pattern was covered and it was time to soften the paint with a sanding sponge.

Sanding the fabric makes it feel like leather.

Now the pillows perfectly match the new cover on our futon.

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Paula Skulina
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  • Donna Donna 2 days ago

    Cool idea. When you say regular paint, do you mean like house paint?


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