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Whimsical Painted Animal Pillows

June 19, 2014

DIY Projects

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

This DIY project has been my most involved project to date and I’m excited to share it! Make your own whimsical painted animal pillows, with three vintage animal prints transferred and hand-painted on a tasseled pillow, and easily enjoyed outdoors thanks to Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet outdoor fabric spray.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

For the blank part of the animal, I would suggest cutting out the inside, only leaving enough to keep the two separate pieces attached so that you can paint directly onto the fabric instead of on the iron-on transfer.

Download link for these animal prints (with painted sections edited out) is below.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

This was the trickiest part of the project for me. I messed up twice ironing on or peeling off the backing. My advice would be this – iron for about 10 minutes, no steam, highest heat, then let it cool for 10 minutes or until cool to the touch. If it’s still hot, it will peel up with the backing. Peel slowly, and if there is a part that still hasn’t stuck to the fabric, just grab some craft glue and glue it down.

#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

Now here’s the fun part! You can pick your own color palette and add your own patterns in this part, and for painting the border, I would suggest making a template to trace so that you can keep that border straight and square.

Next of course would be sewing the pillow cover together – unless you have taken a pillow, and cut open a seam and removed the filling. If you can find cheap solid color pillows go for this route – it’s easier than sewing your own pillows! Otherwise, you can follow instructions for making a 14×14 pillow cover here.

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#DIY whimsical painted animal pillows from Thou Swell http://thouswell.co/

Now spray with NeverWet spray and enjoy! I am looking forward to using these pillows inside and outside.

Download the animal prints below:

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Garden Update with Rust-Oleum

May 30, 2014

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GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Throughout the course of several years in the strong Georgia sun, our watering can faded from a bright red to a dirty pink, so last year I painted the watering can white. There were several problems with this, mainly the fact that white shows dirt very easily and had not been applied very consistently (it was still pink in some spots) so I was surprised and excited to find that Rust-Oleum carries textured metal spray-paints in their line of Universal paints (paint and primer combined, for use on almost any surface!) including a nice dark silver “Antique Pewter” finish that provided the perfect new skin for the watering can.

Materials

Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered Metal Spray Paint

– An aluminum metal watering can

Instructions

1. Set the watering can on a protected surface in a ventilated area.

2. Shake Rust-Oleum spray paint for one minute (make sure the ball rattles inside).

3. Spray evenly across the watering can, including as much of the inside and you can get and the undersides of all the pieces of the can. Avoid over-spraying as this will lead to drips.

Now It looks like a galvanized tin or aluminum can, thanks to the subtle texture of the paint that provides a convincingly-metal finish!

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Besides a little makeover for our watering can, I decided to paint some terracotta pots we had lying around to experiment with color blocking with some green and white spray paint.

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Materials

– multi-sized terracotta pots

– tape (painters or masking tape)

Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover spray paint

Directions

1. Turn pot upside down on a protected surface in a ventilated area.

2. Shake Rust-Oleum spray paint for one minute (make sure the ball rattles inside).

3. Tape off any areas you would like to remain terracotta, and spray paint evenly, using more than one layer if necessary to completely cover.

4. Wait 24 hours for paint to dry before taping off stripes or another design on top of base coat (this is to prevent paint from peeling up when you pull up the tape). Once paint is dry, tape off and spray next layer. Wait another 24 hours to dry.

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

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