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Waterproof Your Outdoor Pillows

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As part of my front porch makeover, I needed new pillows.  I had a couple I had picked up at Goodwill but needed a few more.  After a trip to the fabric store to get fabric, I was actually lucky enough to find three on sale for only $7.99 each, which was as cheap (or cheaper) than fabric would be.rockerAlthough the porch doesn’t get too much direct sunlight or rain, it does get a little, but also just the dust from being outside gets things dirty.  I wanted to try Thompson Waterseal for Fabric to get a little more life out of my pillows plus keep them having to replace yearly.water sealAdvantages of using this:

  • Prevents Water Damage
  • Resists Color Fading
  • Repels Spills & Stains
  • Allows Fabric to Breathe
  • Use on: cushions, pillows, umbrellas, canopies and other outdoor fabrics

This process can be about 2 days total as each side requires at least 4 hours drying time and needing to be done outside, need to plan for this.  And two coats are suggested.

The 2 pillows from Goodwill were washed and let dry outside.  The new pillows were run through the dryer with no heat just to remove any dust.  Cut or pull the tags off but there’s usually some strings which still need to be cut off.pillow tagAs with any product, always read directions ahead of starting any project.  This was easiest done outside on my tarp.  

Since it’s easy to get confused on which side has been treated, I put a piece of painters tape on the unsprayed side.  I used a piece of wood to keep the pillow off the tarp in case any of the spray got underneath it.  Anything that would raise it up at least an inch would work.pillow tqapeI gave it a good coat around the edges, then went over the rest of the pillow, spraying about 6″ – 8″ as directed, being careful not to oversaturate the pillows.  Confession time, I didn’t do the colorfast test but if I probably would on a more expensive item.

Let dry at least 4 hours.  Spray again and let dry.  

Turn the pillows over, removing the tape and repeat these steps.pillowsPretty easy project with a great results.  One can was plenty for my 5 pillows.

This can be purchased at most any hardware or big box store.

I’m loving how they look.swing

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  1. Looking great! I’ve never heard of fabric seal. Guess you learn something new everyday as they say! I did. Got to go to the store tomorrow and get me some.

  2. WHAT THE!? How did I not know this existed. I have a few outdoor pillows I made for our mini-balcony/deck area this summer, and I guess I’m somewhat lucky it hasn’t rained on them yet (you know, Cali drought and all). I’m so picking this up!

  3. Such a great idea. I didn’t know you could do this at all! Easy and very effective, I want to try it here.

  4. I am so happy to see this product! Thank you so so much for sharing! The reason I am so excited is because we have outdoor furnishings and the pillows and chair pads are SUPPOSED to be waterproof but they never TRULY are in fact they get mold on them especially in the creases. I am going to pick some of this up!

  5. I had no idea you could water proof your outdoor fabric covered articles like pillows. I bet this would be great for water proofing pillow used on boats or even for some camping gear.

  6. This is great news to me as we just moved and our supposed outdoor furniture is taking a beating. I will be purchasing some of this Waterseal for Fabric.

  7. I love making pillows. It’s kinda the only thing that I can sew with a machine HA! I am going to have to take a look around the Home Depot in my area to see if they have that spray.

  8. This Thomson Waterproof Seal I have not heard of but am so getting some of this for sure. I would love to put this one cushions on my bench outside. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That seems simple enough for anyone to do and protect their outdoor pillows. I love the colors you chose and I love the swing on your porch. That would be my favorite spot out of the entire house!

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