I guess you're by now your starting to see a theme emerging. I love to take ugly things that I find at thrift stores and make them work in my house. I'd rather spend 5 dollars and a few hours making something than whip out my credit card and buy something online. The subject of this post is no exception.
I found this pillow at the Goodwill and immediately liked the dimensions. The pattern? Umm, not so much.
I personally think that the Southwestern Cougar motif was soooo last year. I can't imagine why this little gem ended up at a thrift store.
I followed a tutorial by Censational Girl to make a no-sew pillow cover. I had found some burlap at Wal-Mart on super clearance (.50 cents/yard) and knew it would be perfect in the downstairs guest bedroom.
Once I turned the burlap into a pillow cover (which took about 45 minutes) I decided to spruce it up a bit. I had some acrylic paint in an off-white color that I thought would look perfect.
I taped off some approximate stripes and slipped an old diet coke box inside it so the paint wouldn't bleed through. I also made sure to press really, really, really hard on the tape at the edges. Since the burlap is so rough, I wanted to make sure the paint wouldn't get under the tape and make the lines less than crisp.
And then I dove right in:
It took me a little longer than I expected because the burlap is so rough, it just lapped up the paint. But I eventually finished in about 30 minutes. I let it dry for an hour and then flipped it over and did the back.
Another 30 minutes of painting and an hour to dry and I had this:
The paint worked great! The lines are real defined and it goes well in the bedroom. Success!
Burlap: .25 (I only used a tiny bit of the burlap that I had on hand)
Paint: 1.50 (But I only used about half the container)