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Rug Romance — Part II

2012 January 27
by Becky

I told you here on Monday that I was in the process of painting a rug. Well, I’ve finished it!

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It was overall a very quick process—once the measuring, taping, and stencil making was over, that is. I took my quart of Benjamin Moore Interior Latex in Eggshell, tinted “Black Beauty” of course, and started painting in the non-stenciled areas. What really seemed to work for me was to take a true stencil approach by “stippling” or tapping the loaded paint brush along the edge of the stencil. It left me with very nice, clean lines. It also helped the paint get in between the fibers of my rug.

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I got all the uncovered areas painted, then let it dry over night. The next evening I peeled up the wax paper to gaze at my work. It was almost perfect! I then sanded the paint with fine (220) sandpaper to get rid of some of the scratchy feeling, make it softer for the feets. I followed this with some paint touch up where needed. Another night of drying and it was done!

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I love the rug in the room as it really adds a much needed pop of pattern. Even Stu exclaimed his love for the new floor covering!

Pro: the whole project cost me $30.
The rug was $19.99 at Ikea (Nastved) and the paint was $18, but I only used half the quart—I have plans for the rest. I had the wax paper, paint brush, and sand paper on hand. I did splurge and get an anti-slip underlay for the rug, $3.99 at Ikea (Stopp).

Pro: I love the look. It is exactly what I wanted!

Con: The paint is a little crunchy to walk on. It doesn’t feel like carpet in the painted areas. That said, it’s much less crunchy then I had originally anticipated due to the sanding step in between painting. It’s nothing that we mind in the least bit…Stu actually hasn’t even mentioned it!

Con: I don’t know how durable the paint is going to be. I’m not too worried because the rug is not living in a high-traffic area of our house, but I’m also not anticipating this thing to last forever. Who knows though, I may be surprised!

Pro: It was fun!

Overall I’m very glad I DIY’d this rug instead of spending big $$ buying one. I love that I can live with it for a while and enjoy the look, then in the future, maybe when we own a home again, I can fork over the bucks for the real thing.

Anyone out there tried this yet? Common!! Share your story!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. January 28, 2012

    That turned out so good! I think if we had an ikea anywhere near here, I’d be more inspired to try it out…I haven’t found plain rugs that cheap anywhere else :-)

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      January 28, 2012

      Thank you! Have you tried Home Goods or Good Will? Menards? Gordmans? Having an Ikea close by has seriously changed my life. I couldn’t love it more. Everyone should have one within two hours of their front door.

  2. January 28, 2012

    Oh my gosh, I love the finished result! Great job!

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    January 29, 2012

    The rug looks great!! I’ve never tried this project, but was interested in a painted rug on oilcloth or something like that at one time.

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