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I love the process of decorating a room and figuring out the little details that pull it all together. One of the easiest ways to inject style and color is through fabrics in pillows. Paint-A-Pillow has figured out a way that gives us the versatility of deciding how we want our design to look and empowering us with the tools to achieve them. The designers behind this innovative company own the sister company, Cutting Edge Stencils, and are all about helping the everyday DIYer be equipped to create their own art and “Go For It!” Through the use of their beautifully-made stencils, you are able to create a masterpiece and keep the stencil for endless projects that are limited only by your imagination.
Having been impressed with Cutting Edge Stencils in the past, I knew that this was a project I would happily take on. I had been working on finishing some rooms in my downstairs and just needed two pillows to add the finishing touch. Perfect! When I received the box in the mail, I was immediately impressed with the attractive packaging and organization of all the tools. It came with a hard cardboard frame that was made so intelligently with metal clips to hold the stencil in place. The pillows came with cardboard inserts already in them and it was set up and ready for paint right out of the box. I spent a long time looking at the website trying to decide which stencil to use. They literally have dozens and dozens of designs in different categories from nature and modern to ethnic or kids.
You can either purchase a pillow kit that comes with all the supplies needed or just buy a stencil separately. I ended up choosing the Drifting Arrows stencil kit and I loved the modern fresh look that it offered. When you purchase your kit, you also get to choose a paint color from their wide selection and more can be purchased separately if you are wanting a multi-colored design. Along with the paint, I also received a pillow cover, pillow insert, dense foam roller, a paint tray, small stencil brush, mixing stick, and a scrap of fabric with a sample stencil to practice on. I was all set.
The process was very straight forward and simple. I poured some paint into the tray, made sure my foam roller was covered evenly, and then simply rolled it over the stencil onto the pillow fabric. It was finished within a minute or two and was already looking fabulous. The small stencil brush that is included can be used in more intricate designs that are using multiple colors and also for around the edge of the pillows where a roller may be difficult to get to. As soon as it was covered, I just lifted the metal tabs to release the stencil and then lifted it away from the pillow. It was perfection!!
The premium soft fabric paints that are offered are from Jacquard and are exceptional. I was worried that in the end they would feel crunchy or hard, but instead they were soft and the design appears to be part of the fabric itself. Another thing I loved about these paints is that they are mixable so that you can customize the color to exactly what you want. At first the Golden Rod was too bright and strong for what I wanted, so I just mixed in some White and Neutral Gray to tone it down. It worked perfectly. The mylar stencil washes quickly and easily in the sink so it can be reused again and again.
The pillow forms are made from a soft down alternative and are light and fluffy yet full, and the covers themselves (offered in white and a natural material) are made from 100% cotton canvas. After making this pillow, I just had to do another one, this time with a beautiful soft gray.
Another fun feature from Paint-A-Pillow is that they offer embellishments that you can add to inject more personality into your pillow. They have tassels, velvet flowers, studs, and rhinestones along with the tools you need to attach them. I chose some lovely metal studs and they were added easily. I just pressed each stud through the fabric until the prongs stuck into the cardboard, and then from the inside, I bent each prong inward and then used a pencil eraser to make sure they were secure. The options are limitless!
This was such a fun project that took less than an afternoon to complete. I could see older kids and teens even enjoying the process and making something unique to their tastes. I highly recommend Paint-A-Pillow. Head over to their website to see all those fun stencils! www.paintapillow.com