Monday, February 4, 2013

Painting a Rug

I am always one of the last to get on any decorating trend. I have been thinking about this one for a while and finally got on board after looking for a rug but not being able to find one. I needed a rug for the kitchen to catch water drips in front of the sink and those coming off of dishes going into the dishwasher.

stenciled rug 1

I started by drawing the shape that I wanted and then cut it out of copy paper.

rug stencil 1

Next, I traced this shape onto a file folder so that it would be stiff and used a an exacto knife to cut it out. Notice that I left a connector strip in the middle.

rug stencil 2

I decided to start in the center of the rug.

rug stencil 3

I didn’t even tape down the stencil. I just held it down with one hand and used a 3” foam roller to apply paint.

rug stencil 4

I went back and filled in the centers with an artist brush and quickly had a full row.

rug stencil 5

I then added a row on top and bottom.

rug stencil 6

Finally I went around the border with the foam roller.

stenciled rug 3

Pretty nice transformation for an inexpensive rug from Target and it eliminates a lot of water spots on the floor.

stenciled rug 2

I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

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