Monday, 25. April 2011
I have a pair of brown toss pillows. They were originally bought for living room but have been moved around to just about every room in the house. Recently, I brought them back into the living room since I repainted in there (see here for that story). I liked the color and the size of the pillows but they were feeling too plain and boring. I decided it was time to head to Hobby Lobby for some new pillow forms of similar size and some exciting new fabric to spice things up. When I got there and started browsing around I could not for the life of me find any fabrics that I could get excited about. Isn’t that just how it goes? When I don’t have the time or money to buy anything there are at least two or three different fabrics just begging to come home with me. When I have the time to look (read, kids stayed home with Dad) and money burning a hole in my pocket, nothing. Instead of leaving Hobby Lobby empty-handed (is that even physically possible?) I decided to wonder around the aisles for inspiration. I have been toying around with the idea of printing my own fabric patterns lately so I went to the fabric paint/silk screen aisle. I found a silk screen pattern I liked and some white paint so I decided to paint my little brown pillows which were already in the pile headed for Goodwill. I was a bit nervous since I have never done this before, but it turned out to be so quick and easy! Seriously, two minutes tops for each pillow. The silk screen is slightly sticky so it’s easy to position and it stays in place. Just squeeze a line of paint in a line above the pattern and then use the tool provied to squeegee the paint through the screen. Set the paint with your iron and you’re done. The silk screen was around $8.00 and it is reusable. The fabric paint was $2.00 (I didn’t even make a noticeable dent in the amount of paint in the bottle). Now that I know how easy it is to silk screen, I think I’ll be adding a lot more character around the house.
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