Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest Challenge: Duvet Art?

 Well the Pinterest Challenge is back over at Bower Power and Young House Love, so here at Get-a-Griff we're jumping on that bandwagon.  You can check out their projects here and here, as well as a plethora links to other awesome ideas and projects.

I have recently seen a lot of do-it-yourself art over on Pinterest, but I had only gotten as far as making a few fabric and wrapping paper art projects.

I've caught myself wanting to try wall stencils, like this one by Courtney at Courtney Out Loud...
And this one by Jesse at Good Girl Gone Glad....
And my amazing college roommate Erica's awesome new stenciled coffee table! (With the Times)
I also caught myself knowing when a stenciling project would be too much for me to handle....like this one by Sherry at Young House Love....

So, I knew I wanted to stencil something, but without an extra Lack table lying around, and an entire wall sounding too daunting, I went the fabric route and decided to try to stencil a duvet cover.

This is a pillow I recently picked up on clearance at Target.  I actually got two of them but I really liked the look of a "painted pillow."  


Our room also has some other art in it that has a painted canvasy look so I thought they would go well. 

I had an old plain as plain can be duvet that was just calling my name to be made over.  I did a little research (highly scientific) and there isn't too much out there on painting a duvet cover.  But that has never scared me away before....I'll be the guinea pig.

I picked up some fabric paint from JoAnn, Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, in Gray Wolf, as well as some spongey paint brushes

Then using my pillow design as a guide I traced a flowery-type shape.  It looks pretty bad here, but again, I was not phased and was still confident my design would turn out ok.

 I cut it out and placed it in the corner of the duvet.  Had I been smart I would have measured and drawn lines, planned where they would all go, made sure that an even number would fit across the duvet, etc.  But the end result was to look homemade so mistakes and imperfections were allowed.
 Then I squirted some paint in the middle of my stencil and got sponging.
 First one looked ok, simple but ok.
 Then I did another and added some curly cues.

Someone else happened to be relaxing on the other half of my project....

 He was busy watching baby bunnies.
 And occasionally giving me some love:)  He's such a sweet boy, that Cooper.
 So here's as far as I got before I ran out of paint.  I had only gotten one bottle of Gray Wolf, so I had to head back to JoAnn and picked up the last two bottles.  I hoped it would be enough, but just in case my mom picked up another bottle from the other JoAnn's on her way over that afternoon. 

And here is the final pattern complete!

This is how it looks close up, as I went on, the curlies got more curly.  It definitely looks painted, which is cool.  Now the real test will be washing it to see if it holds up. (PS-it did!)

And here is the final product on our bed....a cool new duvet (already owned) and 4 paint bottles x $1.99 for a grand total of $8.00!!! 

Don't mind the mismatched bedside tables (the other matching one doesn't fit in our tiny bedroom), the laundry baskets, or the mess of books needing to be sorted in the bedside table's shelf.

And there ya have it!

Next up, a DIY capiz chandelier....which was almost complete and then hit a major roadblock we're still trying to work through.....


  1. Hi I'm Jess and i found you through the Pinterest Challenge! Your duvet turned out great! I love pattern! I spray painted an Ikea mirror for a new look. Check it out!

  2. Hi Jess...thanks for stopping by! LOVE the mirror, that is definitely a project I've now added to my to-do list:)!

  3. What a cool idea! I too followed from the pinterest challenge. I love the way it turned out!

  4. Stencilled duvet? Nice! I adore the colours you chose too! My favs!

  5. Thank you! I just can't seem to steer myself away from gray!