Saint Patrick’s Day Pillow Makeover

Saint Patrick's Day Pillow Makeover by virginiasweetpea.com

Did you know that fabrics can be painted with chalk paint?  Before Christmas, my friend Nancy transformed a thrift shop pillow into one perfect for her Christmas décor with chalk paint.  I didn’t get my act together to make a Christmas pillow like Nancy’s, but I did use her technique to make two pillows for St. Patrick’s Day décor.

My living room has two wing backed chairs that flank our fireplace.  I thought it would be fun to display my St. Patrick’s Day pillows on these two chairs.  Before I started my project, it took a bit of thought to decide what two words I wanted to use for my pillows.  “Lucky” immediately came to mind.  After searching the Internet for another word, I settled on “Blarney” which means talk that aims to charm, pleasantly flatter, or persuade.

Blarney Pillow

Lucky Pillow2


This project was quite simple.  I started with two thrift store pillows and painted them with chalk paint in white.  I should have read Nancy’s tutorial more carefully because she recommends mixing the paint with water and I didn’t do that.  I used the back side of the pineapple pillow since the embroidered pineapple pattern showed through the paint.

Pillows Before


Blarney and Lucky were printed out in a size that matched the pillows.

Blarney and Lucky


To transfer the word onto the pillow, rub the back side of the word with a piece of chalk.

Chalk on Back of Words


To transfer the word to the pillow, place the word chalk side down on the pillow and trace around it using a pen.

Lucky on Pillow


Carefully paint inside the chalk lines using a small brush.  The brush I used wasn’t quite small enough and my words didn’t come out quite as neat as I would have liked, but they will do.  I really liked my pillows but thought they needed a little something more.

Pillows Before Embellishing


I added a cloverleaf to each by gluing on three gold buttons and painting a stem.

Shamrock Detail


I love the end result of this project!

Upcycle Thrift Shop Pillows with Chalk Paint by virginiasweetpea.com

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  2. Adorable! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I’m featuring your post tomorrow in my DIY Pillow Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  3. These are too cute! I really love the Blarney. Would you mind sharing what font you used? I have all my supplies ready to make the pillows. I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

    1. Patti – I’m pretty sure that I used Lucinda Handwriting for this project. If you make pillows, I hope you will share your pictures with me.


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