Talk Of The Town Party 146

Hello friends, so glad to have you join us again this week. We're at that strange time of year where all things 🍂 and all things 🎄blend together. One more week until we're full on holidays. Looking forward to seeing which side of the fence you share with us this week!
Talk Of The Town Party 146 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

last week on mrl
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

simple fall porch decorating
Simple Fall Porch Decorating House Of Hawthornes
turkey cheese ball
Turkey Cheese Ball Crafts a la Mode

Glass Globe Christmas Tree Salvage Sister and Mister
Stuffed Oreo Brownies Simply Designing
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How To Make The Cutest Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers

I'm so excited to share the news that I'm one of the new members of the Int'l Bloggers Club. A group of bloggers from around the globe who come together every month to share a themed DIY project. This month the theme is cotton and so I'm going to show you how to make the cutest stenciled ornament pillow covers for the holidays.

You may be thinking, Marie we haven't had Halloween yet and already you're doing Christmas! I know, I get it, but when the cotton challenge came up I had already planned on making these holiday pillows so I fast-tracked my plans.

Holiday Ornament Pillow Covers DIY

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers

I've been following the Int'l Bloggers Club since they formed in 2016. I love the idea of blogging friends from different countries being creative together using products from their regions. I'm so honored to have been asked to join this talented group of ladies. Links to my friend's cotton projects are included at the bottom of this post.

Stenciled Holday Ornament Pillow Cover

Before we get into the how-to of these pillows, I have to share my solution for condensing our overflowing collection of seasonal pillows. I went from bags of pillows taking up an entire shelf in the storage room to all of them fitting inside ONE drawer. The solution; have one set of pillow inserts and change the covers ONLY for every season|holiday.

During a trip to IKEA in late summer, I bought two orange and two white cotton pillow covers. I made DIY Checkered Pillow Covers For Fall with the orange ones and now I'm using the white ones for these cute Christmas Ornament Pillows.

DIY Holiday Ornament Pillow Covers

Okay, enough blabbering here's how easy it was to make these stenciled ornament pillow covers, starting with these supplies.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Cover Supplies

This post includes affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

I used two white IKEA Gurli 20" x 20" 100% cotton pillow covers, an adorable Ornament Stencil, 2 rolls of 3/8-inch UNwired plaid holiday ribbon, and a small stencil brush.

For the paint, I used Holiday Red acrylic paint, fabric medium, Silver glitter paint, and Champagne glitter paint.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers With Craft Paint

You could eliminate the need for fabric medium by using either fabric paint or multi-surface paint in holiday red. I used what I had on hand.

Prep before stenciling the pillows

The first thing you want to do is wash the pillow covers in warm water, hang to dry, and iron on a medium heat setting.

Next, cut cardboard or craft paper to fit inside the pillow covers. This will prevent the paint from seeping through to the back of the covers.

To get an easy orientation for using all five ornaments without having to lift the stencil and realign for the bottom two ornaments, I sliced & diced the stencil and taped the pieces together. I'm not going to lie, it was hard cutting up a stencil but no matter how I tried aligning them with the full stencil on my practice boards, they never lined up nicely. 

The ornament stencil comes in multiple sizes so you could use a larger stencil than my 8 1/2" x 11" with fewer ornaments. The possibilities are endless.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers Using Cut Stencil

Stenciling the pillows with base color

  • Spray the back of the stencil with low tack stencil adhesive and wait around a minute before setting onto the covers.
  • Once you have your placement, rub your hand over the stencil for good adhesion to prevent any paint bleed.

Stencil Tip 1: Add a border along the edge of the stencil with wide painter's tape. This will prevent accidentally pouncing over the edge of the stencil and onto the pillow cover. You won't regret taking this extra precaution, ask me how I know.

Stenciled Ornament PIllow Covers Base Color
  • Mix 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts holiday red craft paint and stir well. If you're using fabric paint or multi-surface paint you can skip this step.
  • Dip a stencil brush into the paint and offload onto a paper towel until very little paint is left on the brush.
  • Dab the paint onto the stencil and repeat until you have full coverage.
  • If you have experience stenciling you could speed the stencil process by rolling the paint with a foam roller. 
  • Note: Before lifting the stencil to move onto the second pillow cover, read the next step first.

Stenciling the pillows with top color

Once the holiday red base color is dry to the touch (mere minutes) let's add some sparkle to those ornaments!
  • Depending on your preferences you could go with either silver or gold sparkles.
  • I wanted both so I mixed equal amounts of silver and champagne glitter glue onto a plastic takeout lid. 
  • With a small stencil brush, I applied the glitter paint exactly the same way as the holiday red.
  • You're essentially removing the excess liquid and left with the sparkles and a bit of glue on the brush. There are no rules, add as little or as much glitter on the ornaments that suits your fancy.

Stencil Tip 2: Remove any paint that may have seeped onto the back side of the stencil with a baby wipe before moving onto the second pillow cover.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers With Glitter

Ribbons and bows for the ornaments pillows

  • Cut 10 strands of 3/8-inch plaid holiday ribbon in 14-inch lengths for the ornament ribbons.
  • Cut another 10 strands approximately 7-inches long for the bows.
  • Grab a dinner fork and watch this video that I found for a super easy way to make tiny bows.
Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers Fabric Bows

Attach the bows to the bottom of the ornament ribbons with a needle and thread, folding the raw edge under to eliminate any fraying.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers Ribbon Bows

Attaching the ribbon to the ornament pillow covers

  • With no-sew fabric glue and a small paint brush, brush the back of the ribbon strands, working in sections, and glue them onto the pillow covers. The strands will hang over the covers and we'll trim them once dry.
  • Secure with painter's tape until dry (mine were left overnight). 
Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers No Sew Ribbon
  • Remove the cardboard or craft paper inserts.
  • Trim the excess ribbon flush with the edge of the covers.
  • Trim the tails on the bows at a 45º angle.

Important: The fabric glue must be heat set with an iron after 72 hours. I placed a white cotton pillowcase over the pillow covers, set the iron to the cotton heat setting, and ironed over the ribbon.

Stenciled Ornament Pillow Covers With Ribbon

These are super easy to make and took me all of a couple hours from start to finish. I love the pop of red against the white and the simplicity of these pillows. They would work with any holiday theme and I could see them on an entryway bench to greet visitors.

Red is my favorite color and so these are going to look great with the other red decorations that will be incorporated into our living room when we decorate for the holidays.

Stenciled Ornament IKEA GURLI Pillow Covers

For more DIY Holiday Pillow inspiration you may like these Burlap Skating Silhouette Pillows that I practically made in my sleep. I also made these DIY Snowflake Pillows with mini mirrors. Here are some more budget-friendly DIY holiday decorating ideas.

Stenciled Christmas Ornament Pillow Covers

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How To Get SOLD On The Unsellable Art Deco Headboard Bench

We've all been there. Anyone who upcycles furniture to sell has had that one piece where no matter how hard they try, it just won't sell. Such was the case with this waterfall bench with gorgeous leather hide upholstered seat. I personally loved the makeover but evidently, no one else loved it enough to buy. So today I'm going to share what surefire paint color will get SOLD on the unsellable art deco headboard bench.

Art Deco Headboard Bench AGAIN

The magic color is white! It's a hard pill to swallow when you love color but the truth of the matter is that white sells. It's especially hard when you've poured your heart and soul into a piece and have to go back to the drawing board. I personally loved the mustard yellow color that I originally painted this bench.

But first, let's backtrack a bit and take a look at what the art deco headboard set looked like before the first makeover.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Before

All those lovely details make for a perfect headboard bench.

And this is what the art deco headboard set looked like after being repurposed into an Art Deco Headboard Bench painted in a mustard yellow color called Arles and aged with dark wax.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Makeover 1 Painted Yellow

If you've been following me for a bit you might remember this piece. It's been taken to markets, sat in my booth, and listed on multiple buy & sell websites without success. I thought the mustard yellow paired beautifully with the brown leather seat.

To see more of the original makeover and/or the detailed tutorial on how to repurpose a headboard set into a bench visit my Vintage Waterfall Headboard Bench post. In that post, I also share a tutorial on how to upholster the bench with an embossed leather hide.

Here it is now after makeover two painted white.

Art Deco Headboard Bench

My concern about painting the bench white was how the brown leather would pair with white but being a warm white I think it looks good.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Embossed Leather Seat

Art Deco Headboard Bench AGAIN

Re-painting the bench white

The new headboard bench color is a warm Buttercream white chalk mineral paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company. It took three coats to cover the mustard yellow.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Paint

Distressing the bench

After the paint dried I distressed it with 220 grit sandpaper, pressing firmly in some areas to get down to the original dark wood and less in other areas to reveal the old yellow paint.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Distressed

Protecting the bench

Chalk mineral paint doesn't require a top coat because once it's cured in 30 days, it is rock solid. Because I planned on aging the bench with glaze, I applied clear Best Dang Wax with a round wax brush first. I worked in sections and let the wax sit for around 15 minutes before buffing it with a lint-free rag.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Clear Wax

Aging the bench

While the wax was still wet, I brushed Grunge Glaze with a chip brush, getting it heavier in the recessed details, along the base, in the corners, where it would naturally age over time.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Dark Glaze

Glazing Tips:

  • If you want more play time with the glaze, my suggestion is to wax the furniture first. Glaze tends to grab onto porous paint, making it harder to remove if you wait too long.
  • Dip the tips of a chip brush into water first and then the glaze. It gives the glaze a longer play time. 
  • Work in sections and immediately wipe the excess with a lint free rag. 
  • Push the glaze with the rag into the corners and around the edges. You may need to add more glaze into the deep ridges.
  • You can see in the photo below that I left more glaze along edges on the sides of the bench. To do this scrunch a lint-free rag into a ball and dab the glaze to remove the excess rather than wiping it off. 
  • If you get too much glaze in spots, wipe it with the rag before it dries. If that doesn't work dip the rag into clear wax and the glaze should come off.
Art Deco Headboard Bench Aged With Glaze

I'm confident the headboard bench will finally sell now that it's white. It would look beautiful in a front entry and works with the ever popular farmhouse style.

Art Deco Headboard Bench Upholstered Leather Seat

To see the materials I used for this second makeover, visit the Interior Frugalista Shop on Amazon. It contains affiliate links - see my full disclosure policy.

I'd love to hear which makeover you like best. Is it Makeover One painted yellow or Makeover Two painted white? I love hearing from you so please don't be shy, leave your vote in the comment section below.

Art Deco Headboard Bench With Leather Seat

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Talk Of The Town Party 145

Hello friends, our hearts go out to those affected by the devastation from Hurricane Michael. It's hard to wrap one's brain around the path of destruction watching the news coverage.
Talk Of The Town Party 145 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
Knick of Time

Here’s what we’re talking about from last week’s party!

Halloween Feathers and Crow Wreath
Halloween Feathers and Crow Wreath - So Much Better with Age
Graveyard Pie Recipe Graveyard Pie Recipe - Eat Move Make

Fence Picket Pumpkin
Fence Picket Pumpkin - Our Clover House
Oreo Pumpkin Pops
Oreo Pumpkin Pops - Suburban Simplicity

Now, it's your turn!
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the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe Links. Thank you!
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