before and after · DIY · outdoor living · Painting

Save My Cushions!

Okay, I will!


Pricing out some new cushions for our current two that are faded and stained with tree sap, bird poop and who knows what else, I came across some fabric medium and, remembering how I wish I had tried this product on my Before and After chair, I thought, perfect opportunity to give ‘er a go.

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Having friends over for a BBQ spurred me on to try it sooner rather than later. And yet, somehow, I still managed to wait till the last second to do it.  In other words, don’t look too closely unless you want to notice the sloppy bits.

I wanted to try something a little more than just solid colour, some kind of fun design.  Summer just allows for bright, whimsical decorating.  That’s what I think, anyway.  How about applying some summer related words!

Follow the mixing directions on the bottle.  Mine says two to one of the paint you choose.  Now paint a swath of colour just where you want the words to be. Let this dry very well.

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With sticky backed letters, I stuck on the words I wanted to convey to my sitting audience, and painted the opposite colour over the entire cushion and lettering.

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While the paint is still wet, remove the lettering, otherwise it’s a little harder ( but not impossible) to do.  I used an exacto knife to peel off the letters.  This will be a bit messy on the fingers.  Now your word is revealed in the colour you first painted.

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When I first pulled off the letters, I was a little disappointed that the edges weren’t super crisp, but then I thought I’d take the cushions advice and just Chill and Relax.  Makes for a much better summer!

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Very important – if you are painting cushions, wait for them to be fully dry before you use them. Fully. Dry. (no picture needed – I think you can guess where I’m going with this).

All in all I would recommend this product for painting on outdoor cushions. They did not feel too crunchy or tacky. They are easy to wipe down and hopefully will stand up to the elements of a glorious summer season! Yay!


29 thoughts on “Save My Cushions!

  1. I look forward to renovating a few things around my home with paint! Thank you for the inspiration! I am glad you chilled out and relaxed as your cushions look marvelous! Thank you for the joyful blog! :~)

  2. Awesome! I was wondering how to make my cushions last. We’ve had them a month and they are already showing proof of the good times we’ve had(s’mores, popsicles, wine) I may have to try this!

    1. Thanks! The ideas typically come out of desperation – how to get the same look for less money, no make that no money, lol! Sometimes it works, other times disaster! But it’s fun trying. Thanks for the follow!

  3. This is super-clever and impressive! I’m loving your blog and your approach. Down to Earth and honest is so much more appealing than magazine perfect.

  4. You know how when you go to someone’s house for the first time and you feel like you know their personality better? When you have to work around problems (like “let’s not spend money” but “couldn’t these cushions look better?”) your personality really shines through. These are brilliant! And they probably even clean up better than new ones would. 🙂

  5. Your blog is great…. I’ve read all the posts on your home page and am afraid to click to the next page for fear I’ll get no work done today =) This was my favorite post those, those cushions look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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