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How to Update Pillows with Paint

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

Mr. SP 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.

Pillow update with paint and fabric medium

How to Update Pillows with Paint

Pillow painted with chalk paint and fabric medium

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

Materials

  • Throw Pillows
  • Paint - I used chalk paint but regular paint is fine to use.
  • Fabric Medium
  • Paint Brush
  • Sanding Sponge

Instructions

  1. Assemble supplies.Supplies to paint pillows
  2. Mix paint and fabric medium in a 2:1 ratio.Textile medium mixed with chalk paint
  3. Spray the fabric with water to moisten it. It doesn't need to be extremely wet.Pillow painted with chalk paint and fabric medium
  4. Soften the paint by sanding the fabric with a sanding sponge. Sanding will make the fabric feel like leather.
  5. Enjoy!

I am so pleased with the end result of this project!

How to Update Pillows with Paint

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Pillow update with paint and fabric medium

42 Comments

  1. Thanks for the inspiration, I have a lot of pillows I can do this with!! I love working with what we already have around the house and saving money! Great idea!

  2. What an amazing idea!!

    Here’s the thing: I bought a Toyota Camry in 2019. And I’ve been trying to keep the interior clean like crazy.
    I have a German shepherd that I run daily. So I put a very large, puffy comforter onto the backseat as layer one. Layer two is one of those sling things that are made for dogs in cars.

    Even w/ layer one and layer two, some smudges are on the backseat at each end (by the doors).

    Do you think I could use chalk paint on car seats?

    Wendy TheInspiredEater.com

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  6. You know I’m with you with recycling and upcycling. This is the one thing I haven’t tried yet. Painting on fabric. I’m going to give this a try for Christmas. Thanks for inspiring.

  7. I have a pair of bolster pillows that have been sitting in a plastic bin for years. I didn’t have the heart to get rid of them because they are a custom size. You just inspired me to pull them out of hiding and update them. If you could successfully hide your plaid pattern, then there is hope for my paisley. Thanks Paula!

  8. I am so nervous to try fabric paint! But I have a chair that could really use a new look I think fabric paint could be the answer. Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is so clever and helpful! I’m going to try it with some “ugly” pillows. Featuring this on Sundays on Silverado this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  10. You know how I always love your DIYs… and this one came out lovely! What a perfect way to update a bolster pillow! I’m happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow, my dear friend! Pinned!

  11. Wow…! So, you don’t remove the pillow cover first? Doesn’t the filling of it get wet? This is an excellent idea!

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