I like comfort. Who doesn’t? Hard benches are for churches and doctors’ waiting rooms. When I first saw the window seat in this house, I knew it would make the perfect lounging area to lie around and read a book.
The previous owners had left behind the cushions which were from outdoor furniture. Nothing wrong with that, since they were durable, but the print just didn’t speak my language. I shopped around for bench cushions and found that since the bench was a custom size, there would be a custom cost from $400-$700 for cushions. That was just too much money for pillows on my budget.
So I decided to use – and reuse – what I already had on hand. Taking color cues from the artwork I’d already hung, I got to work.
First, I needed to cover the outdoor cushions. I didn’t have enough peach fabric in my stash, couldn’t find any ‘locally’, so I bought muslin which I dyed. I found Rit discontinued the color peach, so I had to make my own color recipe. It dried a little lighter than I wanted, but I can always redye.
Then I made new covers for throw pillows I already had. I liked this idea for a pillow cover, but since I was using yellow, I modified the idea to mimic rays of sunshine. This involved lots of measuring and calculations….
The big aqua pillow is just a fitted sheet I found at Target which is wrapped and tied.
I’ve seen some nice beachy throw pillows, but I either couldn’t find the right color or price, so I made my own for three small pillows I had. The area needed a punch of bold color. Found the turquoise fabric as a pre-cut at Michael’s (using a coupon).
Didn’t have the nautical stencils on hand, so I searched clip art images and made my own of seagrass, starfish and coral. I used the freezer paper stencil trick and fabric paint. Painting was a little tricky since my Jacquard textile paint had dried out and the local stores no longer carry it, so I substituted another brand. I highly recommend the Jacquard paints because they do not bleed through fabric.
So now I have a nice serene place to hang out reading with lots of natural light and comfy pillows.