Jingle Y’all – Thrifty Pillow Makeover w/Chalk Paint

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Jingle Y’all….the best southern holiday saying there is, right? Follow along as I paint an old thrifty pillow and add this fun saying to it…with paint!

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Did you know that I painted my outdoor porch pillows with Chalk Paint last Spring?
Well, I did. You can see it in this post –> here.

So as I was thinking about my holiday decorations for this year, it hit me….why not paint some super cheap (thrifty) pillows from the thrift store?

Now, to be completely honest, there are just certain things I will not purchase from the thrift store/garage sale.
That would be mainly those things that you can not WASH.

Yes, that is a requirement.

But pillows can be run through the wash depending on the type.
The ones I found for my little makeovers were probably that type but I figured I’d be painting and then following over that with a coat of wax.
That should seal them up well, right?

So I just sprayed them (really well) with Lysol first instead. :)
Plus, these will be decorative pillows and not something I’ll be laying my head on anyway.

You get the picture.

I made 2 different pillows….this would be one of them. (I’ll post the other one later in the week…you won’t want to miss, it’s 2 sided and super cute!)

Jingle Y'all Painted Pillow artsychicksrule.com


Jingle Y’all.

I wanted to do something with a fun twist on our ever popular “y’all”.

I grew up saying y’all…and my cousins from up North say “you guys”.
Or try to mimic us by saying “you all”….or yuaaawwwllll (that would be Northern for y’all).

Ha, don’t. You don’t sound right. I love you anyway and it’s “wicked” cute but don’t. ;)
(and I sound just as silly (probably more!) when I try to mimic them!)

All in good fun, of course! All in good fun. :)

So, the pillow.

Jingle Y'all Painted Pillow artsychicksrule.com

It came from the thrift store…couple bucks. Pretty, huh?

Perfect for painting, I say.

Jingle Y'all Painted Pillow artsychicksrule.com

A little Old White/Pure White Chalk Paint blend (mixed with a bit of water so it will soak into the fabric well ).
You could also use a fabric medium found at most craft stores if you don’t have Chalk Paint.
I am pretty sure that would work too.

I did 2 coats for full coverage.

Here is the  graphic I created to go on the pillow …y’all. ;)
You can download it for free below!

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I printed it out on my computer the size that I needed for the pillow.

After the pillow was completely dry I transferred the graphics onto the pillow like so…..

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That would be dark pink sidewalk chalk. I rubbed it all over the back of the wording.

I then laid that over top of the pillow where I wanted the words to be placed. (I didn’t do both words at the same time because I staggered them onto the pillow)

I then took a ball point pen (because it would “roll” smoothly over the lines) pressed/traced along the edge of the letters to transfer the chalk onto the painted pillow….

…as you can see below: (or hope you can see below, it was much more visible in person)

Jingle Y'all Painted Pillow artsychicksrule.com

Next I used a blend of Primer Red/Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint to fill in the lettering. (with a small artist’s brush)

Jingle Y'all Painted Pillow artsychicksrule.com

After that was completely dry I applied Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a soft, lint free cloth.

I let it sit for a day and then “buffed” it. These come out feeling sort of leather-ish.
I actually like the feel of them.

They are for decorative purposes only. I cannot attest to how long they will hold up.

I just know that I LOVE them (I’ll show you the other one later this week or next) and am thrilled with my super cute holiday pillows that cost me less than $5 total!

Plus, I don’t think I could have found pillows with the wording I chose anyway! ;)

Want to see even more ideas on simple updates with Chalk Paint (that aren’t furniture??) 
Check out this post, here!

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–>>Want to see this fun pillow in my holiday decor years later? Check out this Christmas Home Tour.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day tomorrow surrounded by those you love.


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  1. You’re funny! I say “you guys”!!!!!!!! It’s just as weird when people grow up around here and start talking in a southern accent along with their cowboy boots and hats!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha……DON’T!!!!!!! hahahaha! thanks for joining the All Things Christmas Link Party! I saw your entry! You might want to enter this pillow on Monday’s!!!!! Trisha

    1. Thanks so much Trisha!! I sure will :) And yes, it’s funny both ways…I surely can’t speak in the proper northern accent (and sound silly when I try to mimic them!! ;) )


    1. Thanks Therese! Yes, it’s funny!!! and my cousins and I have a great time with it all! :)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  2. Nancy, I LOVE it! My daughter would love it, too! We are all “y’all” folks. In fact, when she sent out her engagement announcements last year, they read, “We’re getting married, y’all!”

    Anyway, I just love your pillow. So not only are you talented…. but now you’re clever, too!!! <3

    1. Thanks Denyse! It was fun to do..and I just had to put my southern spin on something! ;)

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


  3. What do yo think,you ask..Well I’ll tell ya one thing and one thing only…Martha Stewart has NOTHING over you..I’d love to be a brain fly and see how your brain works..:) You rock!!

    1. Oh you are so sweet Marcia!!! OH my, wow thanks so much! :)

      (my brain might be scary!!lol….it’s always going a mile a minute!)


  4. I’m definitely a “you guys” girl…Somehow I don’t thing “Jingle You Guys” has the same ring?! This turned out super-cute…looking forward to the next one!


  5. I’m Italian – it’s even worse. Instead of “you guys” it’s, “yous guys.” Yous – as in more than one of you. Why? I have no idea. But either way our pillow would probably read, “Jingle – or else.”

  6. Hi Nancy .. . . I’m a Nancy too, but not anywhere near as crafty as you. I love your pillow and even with my three thumbs, I might even try it. Probably after the holidays because I have two weeks off then. Right now, I’m running behind schedule. But you motivated me to give it a try. Hope to see your blog again. Thanks, and Merry Christmas (y’all) Not really, I live in Syracuse, NY where it would more likely be you guys. Have a Happy!

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