Friday, July 1, 2011

Well, That Is Not Going To Work

Well, my idea of painting my outdoor chair cushions is not going to work.  The fabric paint I bought came in a "little" smaller container than I thought.

Pictured above are the three teeny tiny bottles.  Not enough to do all of the cushions for sure.  So back it goes to the supplier.  It would cost a lot to buy enough paint to cover all 8 cushions.

In the meantime, because I was frustrated, I tried spray painting one cushion.

After three coats, it just kept sinking into the fabric and the fabric is all stiff and itchy now.  Not exactly what you want in a porch cushion.

So on to plan B.  Recovering them.  I don't know if I do it myself or find a reasonable seamstress.  I will let you know when I figure it all out.

In the mean time, Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend.  I will see you all back here on Tuesday.
Welcome Home,


  1. It's discouraging when a seemingly great idea doesn't work out....but I have a feeling that whatever you end up doing will be great.

  2. As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained. We'll watch for the next step of creative thinking.

  3. Oh that stinks. I have been trying to find suitable replacement cushions for my outdoor chairs. It's going to cost almost as much as a new patio set. This is why people wind up being wasteful.

    I'm quite certain that you'll figure out what you're doing before I figure out what I'm going to do. Better results next time!

    Happy 4th to you as well...

  4. Well, we win some and we lose some, Penny. I hope you don't think I was copying you. I just realized I have my same bed quilt in my banner for July!

  5. Try Dick blick or Joanne fabrics. Jaquard makes textile medium that I've used that works great and is really reasonable. Also, you can buy a bottle of textile medium additive to add to any acrylic paint you want to make any color.

  6. That's too bad, Penny, I thought you'd have a quick and easy job with it. Maybe you could recover and just do it as a tie on slip and slide the cushion right in.

  7. Dog gone. It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Hope you come up with a reasonable solution! Have a great 4th Penny:>)

  8. I hate it when that happens. So sorry things didn't go according to plan but I'm certain that whatever you come up with will be spectacular. Have an awesome 4th!

  9. Hi Penny! Well, bless your heart! I know the feeling of the let down when something doesn't work out! But you're so fantastic you'll come up with the right thing to do!
    Have a wonderful 4th!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I'm sure you'll get it worked out and we'll be seeing the finished project. Hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day.

  11. I'm sorry your idea didn't work out, Penny, it was such a good one. I know you'll come up with something great!

    Happy 4th!

  12. What a bummer Penny, but I know you will come up with something amazing to fix that right up! Have a great 4th!! Martina

  13. ha ha! we've tried spray painting cushions before too Penny :) Wish you lived closer, we have the PERFECT gal to help you out! Know what you mean by those small containers and the $$$ factor! My daughter is doing her room for a project for 4H and wanted a wall with that new dry erase board paint...ah YOU know HOW MUCH that stuff is??? 20 sq feet = $75 YIKES! Well, so we aren't spending a fortune...we've decided to paint a tree on the wall - that she can write on - project begins this weekend - we'll update ya :)
    Have a lovely 4th Penny!

  14. Penny, have you considered dying the cushions? I don't know if the covers are removable but if they are it might be worth a try. Perhaps you could even try spraying the dye? I can see that the painting would be very costly.


  15. Hope you find a medium that works but perhaps investing in new fabric covers will be the only way................and if you do I suppose a print is always safer for outdoors, more luck in hiding stains! Ours for the deck set are plain beige too, darker than yours but still show everything. They came with the set, which luckily was not a really high-priced one, but hopefully they are standard size and can be replaced when I truly can't stand them any longer!

    Good luck dear - and have a wonderful holiday!
    Love Mary

  16. I would use a cushion to trace a pattern and then just make pillow slips for the cushions, that could be removed and washed.