I was gifted a couple of Paint-A-Pillow sets and wanted to share my experience with you.
I was given the opportunity to review the fun new product, Paint-A-Pillow.
Paint-A-Pillow is a kit that gives you everything you need to paint your own pillow: Pillow cover, pillow insert, stencil, paint, stencil brush, paint tray, paint roller, paint stirrer, instructions, test stencil, and test fabric. You can also buy additional paint, brushes, and embellishments if you want. I ordered some additional paint colors, brushes and studs as well as an extra pillow cover and pillow insert.
The Paint-A-Pillow kit includes easy-to-follow instructions AND pictures.
For my first pillow, I used the instructions for the multi-color stenciling.
But before I started painting my pillow, I used my (adorable!) test stencil and fabric.
I used the brush to test it out since I was going to use a brush for my stencil – because of all my colors. (A roller is great when you’re using one color. More on that later!) Basically, you just dab with the brush in up and down motion. Don’t go crazy on the paint because less is more!
I have to admit. I was shocked at how easy it was! (I was a little worried that I may screw up the test sample. But seriously, it was EASY!)
Now armed with confidence, I decided to go for it! It’s recommended that you go from light to dark colors. I began with neutral gray.
And I just kept going…
The stencil is held in place with these metal prongs. It’s amazing. Your stencil doesn’t move.
Once you’re done painting, you let it dry. Then you can loosen the prongs and remove the stencil.
The pillow cover comes with a cardboard insert. Since I wanted to add some brass studs, I left the cardboard in. I just used my thumb to press the brackets through the fabric and onto the cardboard.
The smaller studs required a little extra help. I used the paint bottle to push them through.
Once I had all my studs in place, I carefully pulled them away from the cardboard and removed the cardboard. Then, I turned the pillowcase inside out and used the end of a pen to bend the brackets.
I had completed my first pillow!
I washed the stencil – which was really easy to clean. And I began a second pillow. This time I used the natural cover (instead of the white). The first pillow was designed around my office, and this pillow was going to go in my family room. I used the roller and rolled the entire stencil in white. This pillowcase was a neutral color, so I thought it would be pretty (and work well in my family room decor!) to create a muted neutral design using only white and gray paint. Since white is so light, I painted the entire pillow in white first. (And it was SO fast!)
After I painted the white, I started painting over some of the white with the neutral gray. After my success with the first pillow, I got braver and decided to try an ombre look on the outer right with gray and white. I added the neutral gray to the outer edge of the last right.
Then I mixed the white and neutral gray and added this to the center of the outer right – leaving the inside of the outer right white.
I decided not to embellish this pillow. And although completely different from my first design, I loved it!
After the paint is dry (and before you add embellishments), you can set your paint with an iron. I definitely would recommend this. I have kids. These pillows will get dirty and some point and need to be washed.
I love the versatility. I had one stencil and created two completely different (and unique) looks for my home! Go create something!