Summer is in full swing. I have been enjoying a lot of time outside and time at the beach, soaking in as much sunshine as I can. I hope you have been too! The beach is my favorite place to be during the summer!
This summer seems to be going by so quickly! Now that 4th of July has passed and I have packed up all of my American Flags, it time to break out my summer living room decor. I have really been drawn to the coastal beach look with its shades of blue, wood tones and bright whites!
Last summer I did a Beach Days of Summer look. This year I am mixing it up into a new look but with the same style. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to achieve a different look. Sometimes its all about switching things around to give it that fresh new feel.
I don’t have much for beach throw pillows so I decided to make one! I have always loved the rows of colorful huts along the beach and I thought that it would be the perfect inspiration for my DIY Beach throw pillow.
Let me tell you this is a complete beginner level tutorial! While I love to paint I tend to stick to things like furniture and picture frames. What makes this painted pillow tutorial so easy is that it is composed of basic shapes! Plus this is your pillow, you can make this any way you want!
Supplies needed for your DIY Beach Hut Throw Pillow
- Lumbar Pillow Case
- DecoArt SoSoft Paint in Navy Blue
- DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in Indian Turquoise
- DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in Ocean Blue
- DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in White
- DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in Buttermilk
- Painters Tape
- Paint Brushed and Paint Tray
DIY Beach Hut Throw Pillow Tutorial
The first thing you are going to need is a Pillow cover. I made my pillow cover for this tutorial, if you want to make one as well you can follow my pillow cover tutorial. You can also purchase a plain pillow cover. This could also be painted on a square pillow if that’s what you have on hand. The design might need to be altered a little bit to fit.
I centered my painters tape along where I wanted the bottom of my Beach Huts to be and along where I wanted my top point of my beach huts to reach. This helped provide a general guideline to help me paint.
Once I knew where I was going to be painting I put a piece of cardboard inside my pillow cover to protect the back of the pillow case.
This is a must do step!
So grab that cereal box and cut it to size and slide it in!
I did paint a little test hut on a scrap piece of fabric before painting directly on my pillow cover. This helped me figure out how the paints were going to move on the fabric and which brushed worked better for different areas. If you are nervous about painting on your pillow cover, try out a practice beach hut on some scrap fabric!
Step 1 : Paint a row of Beach Huts
I liked the size of my practice hut so I used it as my guideline for the ones on my beach hut pillow. I started by painting the sides of the beach hut and then worked my way up to the top triangle portion of the little beach house.
I used a medium wide brush to paint the base of the beach houses.
I painted the center navy blue house first and then went back and forth from the left and right and painted the other houses. This gave the paint some time to dry so I wasn’t smudging it with my hand when I went back and painted the next house to it.
Step 2: Paint the Details on the Beach Huts
Now its time to get creative and add the details to your beach huts. I worked in the same way of starting in the center and painted some details to the navy house like the door and roof and then moved to the white house and painted on that door. Then I moved to the other side and painted the next blue houses stripes, door and roof.
I used a small fine tipped paint brush to paint the details onto my beach houses.
I made each one different by alternating colors and not having the same designs next to each other. Making them just like the beach huts you would see when you go to the beach.
Add some character by painting a door frame around the doors or maybe add a window or a flag. You can really make it fit your beach style.
Once you have added all the details to your beach huts let it sit to dry. Mine was completely dry in under 30 minutes.
Let your paint fully dry before taking out the protective cardboard insert and swapping it with a pillow insert.
My favorite pillow inserts are down feather pillow inserts. Then I don’t have to worry about my kids laying on the pillows and causing them to become misshaped.
Doesn’t it look so cute?!
It adds the perfect beachy touch to the couch to tie it in with the rest of the room!
I love that the paint is SoooSoft! (see what I did there! lol)
It truly is nice and soft and flexible! Which keeps my couch looking and feeling cozy just the way I like it!
You can see a peek into my Eclectic Farmhouse Office and its navy blue and white walls from this view!
I will be sharing a full look of my Summer Living room soon!
First I have to work up the courage to hammer some nails in my wall! I really despise putting holes in my walls. No idea why, but I normally try and come up with any other idea before I resort to putting a hole in the wall!
I will be linking up here