This is a project born of necessity. I needed a nice, large low nap rug for my guest room. I also wanted to spend less than $80 on it. After looking at all the local shops, online and Ikea I was left empty handed. The large rugs were either too expensive, too modern looking, or too cat-hair attracting. There were a couple of nice low nap rugs the right size, but they were all blank. Still, since I couldn't find anything better I bought a plain blank rug and brought it home.
First, I put it in the room. Then, I gave it a couple of days to "grow on me". It was very, very plain.
When it didn't grow on me, I decided to do something drastic. Since I couldn't find a pretty, traditional, patterned large area rug- I would just paint the rug I bought! I did some research on how to paint a rug, but pretty much decided I needed to just dive in.
So, armed with an amazing Martha Stewart stencil (this is the one I bought), a $5 foam roller and some left over ivory acrylic paint, I set to work.
The results are better than I could have hoped for! The rug has that "pop" of something, and the pattern is one that I love. You can't feel the paint on the rug (I imagine if it hadn't been a low-nap rug your might get some stiffness). And the best part it the whole thing was only $20. So, what am I waiting for!? Lets get to it!
What You Need:
- Low nap rug
- Painter's Tape
- Foam Roller
- Acrylic paint
How To Make It:
- My first task was to measure and mark out the area I was stenciling. I used painter's tape to make a line that I followed with the stencil.
- Place stencil and roll on. The stencil I got was amazing. It was meant to be repeated and has puzzle piece like parts to make sure I line it up when I start a new row. Plus, it came with a special corner piece which took all the guesswork out of going around the corners!
- Roll on the paint. Be careful not to be too heavy handed with it. Many rolls with a light coat is best. Try going from several different directions to get an even coverage.
- Wait for paint to dry at least 3 hours before walking on it.
- Done! Even with the stencil, the taping, and the added bold line I made around my rug the whole project was done in 30 min. I wish I'd known figuring out how to paint a rug would be so easy. I wouldn't have spent so much time looking!!