Painting Outdoor Pillows (You can do that! Who knew?!)

how to paint your outdoor pillows

The first time I heard you could paint fabric was in the Chalk Paint Basics class I took at 3 Oaks Studio. My Chalk Paint® stockist Vicki was telling us how she painted her Toms brand canvas shoes, and even her outdoor pool deck with this paint. How intriguing, right?

Our outdoor furniture is about 5 or 6 years old and it came with these plain beige Sunbrella fabric pillows. They were starting to look dingy and I thought about replacing them because I am also creating a little cabana makeover where I’ve sewn my own curtains for outside. It’s looking really cute and green is my accent color for outside.

My husband thought I was nuts by the way! HA ha..He said, “You’re going to ruin the pillows and they won’t be soft”…And I was like, “Since when do you put your face on our outdoor pillows?” In the end he said they look good :0

painting and stenciling pillows

paint your outdoor pillows

Outdoor pillows can be super pricey so instead of buying new ones I have painted the old ones! I love how they tuned out! The first thing I did was take out the stuffing and cleaned the pillow covers and put cardboard inside so paint wouldn’t bleed. The colors I used are Pure White and Antibes Green, both Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. I did water down the paint a little so it was easier to paint with and not so thick. I painted two white, and two green.

stencil outdoor pillows

I stenciled three of them, and then did green grain sack like stripes with blue painters tape on one pillow as shown above. That one was painted white, dried, taped off, and painted green.

pillows painted with chalk paint by annie sloan

My nautical stencil was a Martha Stewart one purchased from JoAnn’s. I also used my Royal Design Studio stencil, Moorish Endless Circle design for the modern looking circle pillow..The modern leaf looking one was also from my stash via JoAnn’s.

before & after outdoor pillow makeover

So what do you think of my little pillow makeovers? Different, right? Stay tuned for my outdoor curtain cabana coming soon.

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23 thoughts on “Painting Outdoor Pillows (You can do that! Who knew?!)

  1. I really like them. I think they pop and definitely an improvement. Do you find them to be stiff? I’ve considered doing something like this but was going to add a textile medium to acrylic instead. I’d love to use some of the chalk paint I have

    • Thanks so much! By thinning the paint with water they are fine. But I do want to try acrylic also on different pillows to see the difference!

  2. They look great! Thanks for sharing this idea. I don’t have any outdoor pillows, but if I come across some plain ones for cheap, I’ll know how to dress them up.

  3. Hi there! I found your blog while searching for ways to automatically place facebook comments on every post on my site 🙂 I think I am going to visit again because I just love how homey your page looks and your home ideas are awesome! 🙂

    • Yes! I have seen people just paint over the pillow. I wanted to use a stencil so the easiest way for me was to take off the cover.

  4. What a fun idea! I wonder if adding fabric medium would make them soft and pliable. But I loved your comment about putting your face on outside pillows. Ha! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. These look great! I too have painted chintz fabric that covered a cushion on my wicker chair, after paint dried, I lightly sanded it, made it feel softer & more pliable, leather like feel!

  7. 🙂 We’ve painted Toms, leather heels, a denim jacket, kitchen chairs including upholstery… (the list goes on *lol) with Chalk Paint™ (Annie Sloan), and love it every time. Have yet to use Antibes Green on anything other than furniture. May have to now… Your pillows look fantastic!

  8. Lina, these look Fantastic!!! They really pop now and the stencils are great. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog! Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Hi Lina! We’re creating a post about fabric painting on our blog over at Suite Pieces (Long Island and NYC stockists for Annie Sloan), and would love to feature your pillows as one of our favorites from around the blogosphere! Can we be in touch about the particulars? I think my email address should be included…

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  11. I love your pillows! 3 questions Did you use the Annie Sloan wax? Do you leave your pillows outside? What has the wear and tear been like? Thank you Elle

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