Tuesday, July 12, 2011

painted cushions

Last year when we moved in, we got an inexpensive patio set from Ikea. The price was right, but the chair cushions were a little dull... So this summer I decided to remedy that with some paint.


cushion after

All you need to turn regular acrylic paint into fabric paint is some fabric medium - mix two parts paint to one part medium, iron to set when it's dry, and you have a washable fabric paint! I went with some classic stripes like these from Pottery Barn, in yellow - which just says summer to me.

  • Acrylic paint
  • Fabric medium
  • Foam paintbrushes
  • Tape
  • Straightedge/ruler for marking pattern
fabric painting supplies

Start by inserting some cardboard underneath the cushion cover so the paint doesn't seep through, and then tape off your pattern (regular painter's tape worked well)
cushions in progress 2

Make sure to press down the tape edge well (such as running a scissor handle along it) so you don't get any leakage.
cushions in progress

Then just apply your paint + medium with a foam brush, peel off the tape, follow the instructions on the medium for setting the paint, and voila! It's like a new patio set.
 updated patio chair cushions 2

 updated patio chair cushions


  1. it's amazing how much those yellow stripes happy up and brighten up that set!

  2. SUPER CUTE!!! Hand painting stripes on some couch pillows and curtains are on my list of to-do's. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Van // The Clothes We Wear
    Wearing motherhood with style.

  3. That looks awesome!! The "Blah" cushions are the reason we haven't bought patio furniture. Now I know what to do! :)

  4. Great job! It just goes to show that you don't always have to reupholster:)

  5. Love the cheerful cushions! So great for summer.

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