Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ultimate Porch Makeover (with No Sew Cushions and Pillows)

My porch was looking seriously shabby and not in the fantastic "shabby chic" sort of way......Just plain shabby!  I'm actually embarrassed to show it to you, but there is a photo below of the BEFORE as long as you don't judge.  A while ago DecoArt came out with Outdoor Living paint and I ran out of excuses not to give my wicker furniture a makeover.  While I was at it, I decided to upholster the cushions and grab a new rug.  This makeover makes my heart sing and it didn't cost much at all.  A trip to Home Goods and World Market and I was ready to rumble.  Remember to go color crazy, paint everything and always Make Your Mark!
Join me for lunch?
 I actually found that tree stump next to the door.  SCORE!
I'm embarrassed to share this photo!

Watch how easy it was to paint the furniture here.
See how I no-sew upholstered the furniture in the video below
1/4" plywood cut to the size of the seat cushions
Staple gun
Outdoor fabric
Americana Decor Outdoor Living Paint
*I used Adirondack & Harvest
Paint Sprayer
Pillow stuffing or forms
Separating zippers in the right size for your pillows
1. Read the directions and fill your paint sprayer with Outdoor Living in a color you like.  
*I used Adirondack
*You can add about 10% water to the paint if you feel it might be too thick. Up to you.
2. & 3.  Spray the furniture with PLENTY of drop cloths to protect your space
4. & 5.   Spray any small pieces of outdoor furniture in complimentary colors of Outdoor Living
6.  I painted some inexpensive pots as well
7. & 8. Add some shimmer and pop the details by rubbing Metallic Lustre on your 
pots and side table!
8.  Time for install
 1.  Measure across the top and sides of your cushion and add 8"
*My measurement was 36" x 36"
2.  Cut fabric to that measurement
3. & 4.  Fold all 4 edges over 1" and secure them in place with E-6000 Stitchless glue
5. & 6.  Center the cushion on the fabric, the plywood on the cushion and then staple the fabric onto the plywood all the way around the cushion
You will need to cut two pieces of fabric the size of your pillows plus 1" on length and width
*This means if you want finished pillows that are 18" X 20" you will cut two pieces of fabric that are 19" X 21"
7. & 8.  Fold and secure one edge of each fabric square 1/2" using E-6000 Stitchless and an iron
9.  Run a line of E-6000 Fabri-Fuse along the folded edge and place each piece of the separated zipper face down on the glue with the teeth extending over the fold
*You want to make sure that you don't glue the zipper teeth to the fabric
10.  When the glue is dry, zip the separating zipper together and add a line of E-6000 Stitchless around the pillow at the 1/2" line
*Use a ruler to help you keep the line straight
11.  Fold the pieces together and iron them closed
12. Unzip the zipper and stuff your pillow with either a form or stuffing

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