Restoration Hardware Inspired Pillows
hand painted on canvas
I have a thing for the natural linens and natural and neutral colors of Restoration Hardware and am a fan of the
Presse Parisienne Burlap Pillow Cover. I love the faded charm and vintage look so I decided to make my own version. Now, I know these are not a actual knock-off because I didn't use french words to mimic the old bank bags and flour sacks like Resto did and they aren't the exact same style but it was the inspiration for this project. I like the idea of incorporating stories and meaning throughout your home as much as possible...doing things with intention. Kind of like how in Art History you see a painting that's interesting/beautiful to look at and you can enjoy it without knowing anything about it, but most likely, there is something more to it, a depiction of an event, a story, symbolism of some kind or another that the artist intentionally added. So not that these are some great work of art like that....but I was just going for the symbolism aspect. OK so I made the first pillow a tribute to our wedding date, but the other two pillows may just look like more nautical themed decor, but they represent our family history because my husbands ancestors were ship builders and that's where his last name comes from, and then I also remembered that some of my ancestors were ship owners that brought over some of the first Americans.
This project also cost me nothing since I had everything on hand...I have a big roll of raw canvas from an art project I did back in the day.
raw canvas, burlap, or undyed cotton fabric or other linen-type fabric
burnt umber acrylic paint
image or lettering printed to desired size (how to print a picture on multiple pages info here)
Find or create an image you would like to transfer onto your Restoration Hardware pillows. If you are doing words, just select the right font and sizes and print out. Figure out the size of your pillow and how big you want your image to be and click here to see how to print a picture on multiple pages.
charcoal as pictured. I used a willow stick the first time and it wasn't as messy as the chalky charcoal I used in the picture.
Burnt Umber Acrylic paint (I used Dick Blick) I would get the paint on my flat paint brush and then run it over the cardboard to keep the tip flat and remove excess paint. I did not use any water. Then carefully go over your pencil lines and paint the outline of your image (or just paint your letters this way). You may want to practice first on some scraps. After I had my outline done, I went back and did some filling in and shading but it was very minimal...as you can see in the ship wheel, on the spindles I would place my brush down on the outline and then drag it towards the middle of the spindle and pull up just a little bit and did that all the way up the spindle to create some dimension. But how you decide to embellish on your outline is totally up to you and dependent on your image. But with these pillows, the simpler and more basic you keep the image and detail....the better. I also reminded myself not to go crazy trying to make these so perfect because they are supposed to have a vintage, worn look to them and so every line doesn't have to be perfectly evenly shaded. And I promised I wouldn't care when they got thrown around either, if the image gets worn from use...it'll just add character. :)
Now, measure the size of your pillow form and then cut the fabric to fit, adding room for seam allowance. (I added 1/2-1 inch which is being generous, but I figured I could always make it smaller...can't make it bigger) Then cut fabric for the back, cut two pieces large enough to overlap by a couple of inches. Give yourself a few inches to work with.
On the anchor, once the dry brushing was done, I wanted to add some faint color to the rest to add more dimension so after I had painted the outline and dark areas of detail, I did go back with a little water and a super small amount of paint just to barely tint it and went over the interior of the anchor, added a little more detail.
NOTE: I just saw this tutorial on Knock Off Decor and it's a much easier/faster method, especially if you don't feel comfortable hand painting!
from the Shabby Beach Nest