Disclosure: I was supplied with complimentary product to complete this project, but all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be competing in my very first Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest!
March’s contest was graciously sponsored by Fairfield World, the manufacturer of Poly-Fil, pillows, foam, batting, etc., and Spoonflower, a fantastic website where you can create your own fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, or chose to use another artist’s design from the Spoonflower Marketplace. March’s theme is “Mix and Match”, and I knew right away I wanted to work on this old church pew that’s been hanging out in my garage for the last couple of years:
(So how cool is it that it still has the holder for church hymnals?!!)
Initially I thought I would select foam to make a seat cover for my church pew. But the more I looked at it, I realized I didn’t want to cover up it’s swayed seat. It’s a church pew, not an outside bench, and I didn’t want to lose that. I wanted the pew to have a French country look, and thought soft, cozy pillows would be perfect. From Fairfield I ordered two Soft Touch premium pillow inserts and one Weather Soft pillow insert instead.
We have a sewing machine because my daughter sews, but it’s a true story that I received a D in Home Economics class in high school. The D came with a note (written in the dreaded red pen!) pinned to the garment, “You’ve basted this whole dress!!” (I’m fairly certain high school students no longer take home economics class, and I don’t think teachers even write in red anymore. Lucky kids.) Sorry, guess I’m still haunted by ghosts of high school past. 😉 The point I’m trying to make is, I’m no seamstress, and if I can make pillows, ANYONE can make pillows! 😀
The two larger, grain sack stripe pillows were created with drop cloth material and tape and paint. (I prewashed and ironed all of the fabric, but because my covers aren’t actually removable, I’m pretty sure I could have skipped that step.) All I did to create a thin grain sack stripe was tape off where I wanted my stripes to go and paint in between. Don’t apply the paint with a heavy hand or strive for perfection. The grain sack stripe will look more realistic if the paint is more random. And because professionals pull off the tape while the paint is still wet, I did the same. 😉
Once the paint was dry, I placed the two painted pieces of drop cloth face down on my plain piece of drop cloth and (using the sewing machine) sewed a straight seem around three sides; turned it inside out; stuffed in my pillow forms; and hand stitched the short end using a ladder stitch. (Remember that “helpful” home economics teacher I mentioned earlier? I learned the ladder stitch from watching a YouTube video. If you’re unsure on how to do it, that’s where I would look. Apologies, but I’m wary of uploading foreign videos to my website.)
Can we talk about the smaller pillow now?? What can be more French than French bulldogs, right??! 😀 These cheeky bulldogs are fun and they crack me up!
What?? You say your life is a laugh a minute, and you don’t need more fun??! No worries. If you prefer a more traditional French country look:
Flip your pillow over, and Bam!! You have a very traditional French country design. The contest’s theme for the month of March was “Mix and Match”, and I think my two pillows in one fit the theme rather nicely. 😀
Are you familiar with the Spoonflower website? If you’re looking for unique, not be be found in the stores fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap, Spoonflower is the place for you! And if you’re an artist (or know one ;), you can even make money if people select your original design for their order! Both of these fabrics are from Spoonflower. Specifically “Frenchie” and “French Label Grain Sack Inspired” in fat quarters 21″ by 18″. Besides sewing, my daughter is quite the little artist. I’ll definitely be uploading one of her original creations to Spoonflower and ordering fabric or gift wrap. (Nothing against all of the child’s hand and foot print gifts we’ve made over the years, but how cool would it be to give Grandma an apron or pillow made with fabric from your sweet one’s artwork?!) Seriously, the possibilities are endless!!
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know my daughter creates the most amazing little stuffed animals and creatures. She thought I should mention that Poly-fil is the best filler out there, and it’s the only one she’ll use. Truth! So thank you, Fairfield World and Spoonflower for sponsoring this month’s challenge!
But let’s not forget about the church pew’s transformation! After a really good cleaning with TSP Substitute, I gave it two coats of a custom color I mixed up with Maison Blanche Franciscan Gray and Bayou Blue Chalk Paint. The result was a gorgeous gray color, but the pew was looking a little flat and too new. After a quick sanding, I added depth to the color with a wash of Annie Sloane Old White chalk paint. To accomplish this, I first watered down the paint. Then working in sections, I brushed it on and wiped it off with an old sock, making sure to leave the white paint that had seeped into the cracks and indents. As long as you’re not a person worried about perfection, it really is that simple! 😀
Are you wondering if it was so easy, why did it take me over two years to transform my old pew?? Well, it’s new home is against my furniture “staging” wall … and it is one heavy piece of furniture!! But that is a problem for another day. Right now, I’m enjoying my pretty pew and pillows, which are the very first thing I see when I open up my front door!
To see all of the entries in this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest, head over to 58th Water Street or Ciburbanity. (The contest is ongoing, so keep checking back during the month of March for even more inspiration!) If you are a blogger who thinks flipping furniture is as much fun as I do, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information about joining the group! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia
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