11.01.2010

diy | painted rug

Last week I gave a sneak peek at the painted rug I completed in the bedroom. Being forever the redecorator, for now, I am totally loving the end product.  In my previous post [here] I gave you the inspiration for the graphic, a beautiful woven rug from Anthropologie.  I was looking for something that had no repeating pattern so that I could essentially freehand paint the rug without worrying about spacing and measuring.  The organic floral motif was perfect and it was sheer coincidence that the golden yellow was the exact colour I was looking to paint the rug.  I love the combination of charcoal grey and golden yellow [see here].



If you are thinking about painting a sisal rug yourself, here are a few tips that gave me a really good finished product [and bear in mind I am no expert, but have done A LOT of painting to A LOT of different materials].  First, I primed the rug with a primer.  I used a mid-grade primer, nothing terribly expensive but thick enough, you need something to help seal the fibres of the carpet.  It also helped seal up the linen binding on the perimeter.  I then applied 2 coats of an exterior grade latex paint with an eggshell sheen.  Exterior paints have a little bit of elasticity to them, which helps them stretch over the carpet and doesn't crack when bent or rolled, which inevitably this rug will be.  For the motif however, I simply painted with regular craft acryllic paints mixed with a tiny bit of white glue.  Again, the glue helps it be a bit more elastic.  I freehanded the motif, but you could also create a stencil or 'pencil' out the pattern first.  My suggestion would be to use chalk, it wipes away easily if you change your mind about something.  Once everything was dry I finished the rug with a matte waterbased polyurethane.  This just seals everything and allows me to wipe it down if it gets dirty [Lucy's paws being the main culprit here].  The matte finish and the elasticity of all the paints below actually make the sisal quite soft underfoot and it's actually quite warm too.  By sealing up all the fibres, the rug still has a woven look to it, and quite frankly, it's very hard to tell that it is painted and not a real woven rug.

40 comments:

  1. The rug looks fab! So brave to paint it. Also wanted to comment on the black wall but the post seems to be missing. Love that too!

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  2. What a brilliant idea! However did you get the idea? It looks fabulous.

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  3. I am in awe. I just love how this turned out!

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  4. Thanks so much guys. I absolutely love the way it turned out.

    2 Hounds Desigh - I really couldn't afford a new rug and this one was still in good shape. My ideas usually come out of thrift.

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  5. I LOVE the result!
    That is great work girl;)
    Lovely greetings...

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  6. I absolutely love how that came out! We actually have a boring ivory berber rug that's just hiding underneath a bed right now, but seeing as how we're moving soon, I'd love to turn it into something lovely! Do you think this technique would work on a wool rug as well as it did a sisal rug? (Worst comes to worst, I'll use it in the basement as a laundry room rug ;))

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  7. Do you think it would stand up to two dogs' toenails, and also vacuuming?

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  8. What a genius idea. I am loving the color choices, so hip and chic. I don't have a rug I can transform right now, but will definitely keeps my eyes open for a cheap one on Craigslist or at yardsales. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  9. aprilblake - I have a lab mix named Lucy with very long toenails. I had the basecoat painted for several months with no wear. The design was done a few weeks ago and no issues. The number of coats and the protective urethane I think are key. To clean, I vacuum or sweep [since there are no "fibres" it doesn't really matter] and I wipe it down with a damp microfibre cloth when I clean my floors [about once a week] alhtough it doesn't really need it.

    kate - I guess it would depend on the tightness of the loop, the tighter the better I think the end result will be. Are you planning to paint just the design or the entire rug? My suggestion would be the latter to keep the consistency of the "feel". My suggestion - go to Home Depot, grab a carpet sample from them that is about the same tightness as you rug and test drive the process on that first. Then you know, and you haven't spend any money and haven't ruined a rug.

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  10. wow!!! genius! the rug really takes the bedroom to a whole new luxe level. i'm so impressed!

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  11. Amazing...I'm going to try this myself! Thanks so much for sharing. But may I ask...where did you get the rug? Is it an Ikea rug? What's the material like?

    Thanks again,
    Natasha
    http://chiccurve.blogspot.com/

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  12. Natasha - I actually purchased this rug about 8 years ago from Pier 1. It's sisal.

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  13. Oh, that's brilliant. I posted a few weeks back in my blog about painting, or possibly staining a natural fiber rug. I love yours.


    Great job!

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  14. Love it, and have the very same sisal rug that I can't seem to throw out but has too many stains from the kitchen table! What brand of outdoor paint did you use and what proportion white glue to the paint?

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  15. Wow,you clever clog

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  16. Jackie - it was Behr Premium Exterior Paint. Glue to Paint - approx 1 to 6, but play it by eye, if the paint goes translucent, you have too much glue.

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  17. Anonymous5.12.10

    nice!

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  18. Wow! Those rugs were beautiful and it didn't looked like it's hand painted. And with proper maintenance and cleaning, surely this carpet will last a lifetime. I also love putting carpets in my home. And regularly, carpet cleaners in Tampa go to my home and do some carpet cleaning. The carpet cleaners (Tampa, Florida) really did a great job in maintaining the cleanliness of my carpets.

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  19. A+, u did a great job, Photographed well too.

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  20. Terrific project. I love your reuse of a rug that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Instead, it's a work of art.
    Featuring your project this week at examiner.com.
    http://www.examiner.com/how-to-home-design-in-new-york/anthropologie-inspired-make-a-diy-whorled-trapunto-rug-with-sarah-wandering

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  21. I LOVE this SO SO SO Much!!!

    I have a very stained tight weave woolen rug in our living room; I would love to try this on it.

    Sorry if you answered this already, but I didn't see anywhere if you used a fixative on top of your acrylic paint. Did you use a fixative, and if so what type.

    Since I have small children I will be looking to see if I can find a no VOC outdoor paint and a safe acrylic, I wonder if there is a 0 emission fixative that would work for this?

    Beautiful!

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  22. mandy - i used a matte finish waterbased poly. The one I use isn't low VOC rated. I'm sure you can ask around at paint stores, Sherwin Williams has a large selection of "Green Paints". I did this painting on sisal, and haven't tried it on wool. If it's a tight enough weave, a good primer should do the trick.

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  23. I love this and your new painted foam-tile rug. Very pretty!
    I'm not a fan of the way sisal feels on my bare feet. Does the paint make it smoother and not so pokey?

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  24. Allie - the rug is not as pokey, but my rug was quite worn and had softened from it's initial "pokeyness".

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  25. sarah, i was also wondering if you used a fixative on top of your paint; thanks so much!

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  26. sorry mandy - fixative?

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  27. Hey Sarah!
    LOVE this and totally want to do this!!!
    Question - do you think I could used an oil based primer for the rug? That's what I have on hand.

    Thanks so much for the how-to! I can't wait to get rid of my ugly red rug under my kitchen table!!!

    xoxo

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  28. Audrey - yep - any type of primer is just fine.

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  29. Hi! I just finished my (very) similar version of your painted rug! Thank you so much for the instructions! I am SO pleased with how it turned out. And, check mine out if you're interested!

    http://createcooksurvivelawschool.blogspot.com/2011/03/because-i-am-crazy-enough-to-actually.html

    Thanks again!
    Summer

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  30. Amazing. I love the yellow. I just found your blog and I think I love it already.

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  31. Completely in love with this rug! I featured it on a post re: painted rugs. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah
    diyordont.blogspot.com

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  32. This color combo is super chic. I included this in my diy rug roundup post at http://sheekgeek.org/2011/jessicasheekgeek/diy-home-rug-roundup

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  33. You have a good idea to decorate your room. I'm so impressed to your decoration. I'll definitely visit again.......
    modern rugs

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  34. Thanks to your tute and the comment about the boring berber rug, I have FINALLY figured out how to get exactly the rug I want in my bedroom. I've only found 2 that were anywhere close to what I want and they were too expensive. YAYAYAY!! I'm so excited!

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  35. Your rug is just gorgeous! Love the colours too, it really looks great in your room. I've got this linked to my rugs post too today, for inspiration!

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  36. Your rug is adorable. The designs are absolutely amazing. Several homeowners are really getting themselves busy with simple DIY home improvement projects. This is indeed a great way of adding more life to a home without the need of hiring a professional home interior designer. This rug panting you did will surely inspire others to try it out. Thank you for posting.

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  39. Wow this is different from all the painted floors we see today! It is even cheaper and easier to change. What I really like about it is how just about any design will match with your floor. Together with the carpet they bring life to the room. Thank you for sharing!

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