Hi, everyone! Friday is in sight, with a nice three day weekend just beyond. Going anywhere interesting? We’ll just be hanging out here in the Big D. I’d like to see the Perot science museum, since I hear it’s pretty amazing and it wasn’t here the last time we called Dallas home. Tips on what to expect are appreciated, Dallas readers!
Today I’m going to show you the pillows I made for Claire’s room, compliments of Paint-A-Pillow, sister company of Cutting Edge Stencils (the company whose stencil made my laundry room an oasis for me to wash clothes in). Michelle Zakko, the Social Media Manager for both companies, asked if I’d like to try out the pillow kit and host a blog giveaway. Yes and yes! The pillow kit was provided at no cost to me, but all opinions are my own.
The package arrived and Claire and I tore into it, since she knew the pillows were for her room. The kit arrived in a package that resembled a giant pizza box.
My kit contained two down-alternative pillow forms, the stencil with the handy clip-on holder, two white pillow covers (natural is the other color choice), tools and paint. I selected the Athena pillow kit with green and navy paint.
Before going any further, I want you to know that I checked all the tags on everything in the box (and even the boxes themselves). It’s all made or assembled in the USA, which made me very happy. Not nearly as happy, though, as seeing this tag on the pillow forms.
I’m a little reluctant with the personal information on the blog still (just feeling y’all out–you’re a pretty quiet bunch), but I want you to know that Albany, Georgia is the town in South Georgia where we lived for the past 5 years. It’s a community that really struggles economically. Moving back to Dallas was a huge culture shock, just like we were in shock when we first arrived in Albany from Dallas. There is just so much plenty in Dallas, and so little in Albany. I love, love, love that Paint-A-Pillow uses a small, family-owned company from our former home as one of their vendors. Good on them.
Once Claire left for school, I got to work painting the pillows. This is a project that a kid would absolutely love, provided they don’t have a complete control freak for a mother. (I’m working on that.) The kit contains all the tools you need, including a paint tray, foam roller, and stencil brush. My instructions from Michelle were to watch the videos explaining the process, no doubt because she read my previous stencil review, where I basically didn’t follow any directions. (It worked out in the end, though.)
All you have to do is pour some paint in the tray, put an even coat of paint on your roller, and go to town. Start with the lighter color first if you’re planning on using more than one color. That way your brush/roller won’t pick up the darker paint. Here’s an action shot of me applying the paint (and following the directions).
Once I had the green areas painted, I applied the navy paint with the enclosed stencil brush. I used the recommended circular application, where I basically just swirled the brush around in little circles.
I inserted the pillow forms into the zippered case and did a baby karate chop. Here are the painted pillows playing with their new friends, embroidered standard shams and polka dot euro shams. Best friends forever!
And a close-up of my new pillows. Claire has requested a little touch-up work. I said she was rather picky and she said she was just keeping it real. Ahh, 12 year olds!
Overall impressions? It was certainly easy to do and I enjoyed being able to control the colors. I think the pillows turned out really cute and I’ll likely make some for the porch when we get around to tackling that space. You can also add embellishments like tassels and studs, which are available on the website, but I wanted a clean look for Claire’s room. My other thought was that this would be a great activity for a ladies’ night. Wine drinking and pillow painting seem made for each other, yes?
Don’t forget that tomorrow I’ll be sharing the progress in Claire’s room, so be sure to stop by. I hope you have a great day, and thanks for reading!