Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Painted Rug - Worth Miles of Tape and Sore Knees?

Remember the Dash & Albert rug I mentioned earlier this week? The one that I heart and wrote sonnets for and want for my laundry room?

Yeah, that one.

Well. I'm sort of working on my laundry room, but not really working on my laundry room right now. And since I'm not a fan of financing my decorating whims with credit cards, my laundry room budget is pretty much nonexistant right now. So when I found a flatweave rug on clearance at Target last week, I decided to try this rug painting business that's circling the blog world.

{ The Rug, Before }

I needed to cover the entire rug before painting new stripes, so I picked out a sample can of blue paint at Lowe's, and threw some fabric medium into the mix. Did it make a difference? Hmm. Probably not, but since fabric medium is designed for acrylic paint, and wall paint is acrylic latex, I decided to fudge it and throw some in, just in case. I have zero idea if it made a difference in the final product, but in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to...well, disclose.

After the blue paint was dry, I started taping the stripes. 

Then the craziness started. Oy, my knees hurt.

 After all that crazy knee-bruising fun, I pulled it all off and saw my finished rug.

I like it. I don't luuuuuuurve it, but I think it will do nicely in my laundry room until I I can throw a little budget Dash & Albert's way, if you get my drift. I even like the lines where the paint bled a little, I think it makes it look more woven. It's so faux-bulous.

{ The Rug, After}

Next time though, I think I'd opt for a simpler rug painting project... as in buy-a-solid-colored-rug-and-stencil-a-fabulous-design-on-it.

All in all, though -- I definitely think it was worth it.

Project Breakdown
clearanced rug $9.98
paint $5.26
fabric medium $6.16
green frog tape $5.98
Total Cost: $27.38

Total Time (excluding dry time): 2 hours


  1. I think you did a wonderful job!!! I recently painted a rug and it wasn't exactly fun, but I like the way it turned out...
    I can't believe you tackled stripes!!! And they are amazing straight!!! rock...;)

  2. You are insane. But I am impressed. You'll have to let me know how it wears...

  3. Ok WOW!!! this looks Fantastic. Super great job!! Love the Puppy:)

  4. Looks so good! What a great transformation!!!

  5. Wow, I can't believe you painted that! Looks really great. Way too much work, but a great outcome. :)

  6. Pretty!!! I think it came out great :)

  7. Luv your site & been a fan for a while....this has been on my project list for past month also.

  8. I luuuuuurve the colors you used!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Show & Tell Saturday. I "followed" your blog and look forward to more great stuff!

  9. Anna, you did a wonderful job! I adore D&A rugs too. Adore them. Your diy version is perfectly gorgeous!

  10. Oh my gosh you did such a wonderful job on that rug! I think you don't love it because you spent so much time on your knees. I like it better than the Dash & Albert one if you want to know the truth!

  11. So pretty! All the taping was well worth. Love the color combo as well. Great job!

    I have a weekly linky partey called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

  12. What a great idea!! I love how it turned out! Great job!
    I would love for you to share it a my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

  13. I think it turned out GREAT. I have a major thing for Dash and Albert, I just wish I had more money in the bank! You made a great knock off for much cheaper!

  14. I am a new follower to your blog! :) Love it! Erin

  15. It looks beautiful!

    Question for you: how soft did this turn out? I have a rug I don't care for in my playroom right now and I have thought about painting it. But I want the result to be soft enough for my kids to sit on. Would you recommend painting for this purpose?

    I found you from the TDC party.

  16. Susan, I don't think it made the rug stiff or hard, it's still bendable and flexible. I will say that it does have a tiny bit of a rubbery feel to it, but I might try sanding it lightly with a fine grit on my random orbital sander and see if that helps with that minor issue. :)

  17. I cant believe you could do the stripes so straight...looks fabulous.

    Love the colors you choose.


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