Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pinterest Challenge: Painted Rug

 It's that time again, friends.  Time to scour your pinterest boards and bring one of those projects to life! 


You know I always have an ongoing mental list of the next project I want to tackle, so when I searched my pin boards,  I was keeping those things in mind.  When we bought our house three years ago we had a lot of hard flooring to soften up with rugs.  We had to purchase so many rugs at once, so I bought ones that were very reasonable in price and very neutral in color.  Fast forward to now, I'm ready for something new.  I've pinned a couple black and white options that inspired me to paint my own, less expensive version. 


Rugs aren't cheap and I'm currently saving up for a large one for our family room, so I challenged myself to make one of the rugs work that we already had on hand to spice up the eat-in-kitchen. 

Here are my inspiration pieces.  A rug from Urban Outfitters and a basket from Leif.

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And here is what our basic rug looked like before.  You'll have to excuse the terribly dark pictures, I was working in the basement in a dog and kid-free zone.


I cut a semi-circle out of cardstock and traced it using black Sharpie marker all the way around the rug.  The border of the rug is lower pile, so I stuck to painting that part.



Next, I used a one inch brush and painted each semi-circle with black latex paint.  I just used what was leftover from an old project.  It was basically like Rachael Ray's bottom of the jar recipes, only I was using the bottom of the paint can.  After the first coat dried, there were some spots that needed a little bit more paint to cover it completely. 


I played around with the idea of adding some other painted detail along the horizontal stripes, but decided to live with it as is for a while. 



The pillows on the chairs are pretty bold so it's probably best to leave the center of the rug alone.  I did, however, layer a small round rug under the table just for fun.  I snapped a couple pics but ultimately decided to use it elsewhere in our house. 



Now that I look at the photos next to each other though, I think I like the layered look.  Any thoughts from the peanut gallery? 



So that's the painted rug.  I really love how it turned out.  The best part, it was free!  I love free.

Anyone else super anxious to see what the hosts of this challenge have been up to?  Hop on over to Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue to find out.  Enjoy!

Psst...this is the last day to enter the Painted Post Giveaway.  Click the link for all the details!
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15 comments:

  1. Simple, but a dramatic change! Love it.

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  2. Love this update! Even better that it was free :) I kind of like the layered look - never would have thought to do that myself.

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  3. Love that you worked with what you had and it looks AWESOME. Coming over from YHL linky. I did a painted rug as well...great minds think alike. =)

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! I totally checked out your painted rug, and I love it! I just may need to paint an outdoor rug, too...

      xo-Liz

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  4. Love this! It looks great!

    www.gimmesomestyleblog.com

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

      xo-Liz

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  5. It came out so great! It seems simple enough that maybe even I can do it.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! Yes, super easy, you should totally do it:)

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  6. Wow your rug turned out great! And FREE, free is always awesome :)

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  7. that is so simple but genius! how did you come up with this? Is this on pinterest? Love it!

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    1. Thanks! I've read on random blogs about painting rugs but I didn't follow an actual tutorial from somewhere specific. I'm sure there are lots on Pinterest, though!:)

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  8. very pretty! love how it turned out.
    coming over from the spring pinterest challenge.
    - anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/

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  9. Wow! Amazing how just a little painted pattern can transform a basic rug. Thanks for participating!

    Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop

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    1. I know, I love it! Thanks for stopping by, the challenge was lots of fun!

      xo-Liz

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