Can we have a moment of complete honesty here? Sometimes I get tired of looking at the same things in my home all the time. I mean, there’s nothing *wrong* with them (and so I can’t justify buying something new) – but it all just feels…BLAH.
You get that way too? So glad it’s not just me. 😉
Here’s the thing: I don’t always have the time (or money) to “really” give the space a whole fresh new look. So I got creative! And I’m loving the results.
Quick and Easy Pillow Cover
If you’ve got just 10 minutes and a few super simple supplies, then you can give a tired old pillow a really quick update – and sometimes a fun new pillow is all you need to “happify” a room. (That’s a word, right?!) 😉
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Ever since we moved to 1915 House, I’ve discovered how much I love throw pillows. Like…LOVE them. Honestly, I used to think of them as unnecessary pieces of added fluff, and I wanted nothing to do with them.
I knew they would just end up as weapons (albeit soft weapons) for my four boys – being launched, hurled, whipped and otherwise tortured into sad, squished, mauled little lumps that lay on the floor. The very real result of the joyful, boy-mayhem that is my life. And I was right. That is, indeed, how they end up pretty much every day.
Pillows that can Withstand Abuse and Still Look Great
But here’s a little secret that I’ve discovered. If you choose *feather-filled* pillows (these are my favorite pillow inserts here) – no matter how sad or manipulated they become, with just a few flips and fluffs of your hands, they become like new – perfectly fluffy and full. (hooray for natural pillow stuffing!) So always try feather insert whenever possible – you’ll be glad you did.
I’ve done lots of different DIY pillow covers, but this one has been my quickest fix yet.
I literally took
- one of these pillow cases,
- my desired paint color,
- a paint brush,
- some cardboard
- and a paper plate.
In 10 minutes, I had a new pillow cover. (insert dance of joy here) 🙂
Quick and Easy Pillow Cover Update
Unzip the pillow case and inserted the cardboard pieces to prevent any paint from seeping through. Though this event is highly unlikely, you don’t want to take any chances.
Dab a bit of paint onto your paper plate and work the bristles of your brush into the paint until it’s moderately loaded on both sides.
Then just go to town applying fantastic dashes randomly all over your pillow cover – in any pattern or design your little heart desires. You could even do a mix of colors if you wanted to be more exciting than my grey. Maybe pastels for Spring? Bold primary colors for Summer? Autumnal hues for Fall? Or pull in whatever color theme you have going on in your home! Anything goes here – just have fun with it! 🙂
Once you’re happy with your new dashes, set aside to dry. I waited a couple hours for mine to dry completely then just placed my pillow insert inside and voila! Your living room couch has a new fresh look – and for way less than you’d pay at any home decor store.
My cover has washed up beautifully. I just turn it inside out and wash in cold water. Tumble dry and re-stuff. Thank goodness for low-maintenance pillow covers. Lord knows life’s too short for fussy pillows… 😉
So grab that paintbrush and let’s make some new pillow covers! 😀
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these great ideas from my friends!
We’ve come together to share ideas with you for fun projects – all UNDER $10! Creating a beautiful home you love doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I hope these ideas inspire you, sweet friend!