I kept seeing these painted area rugs floating around pinterest. One day, I thought “hey I can do that!” and so began my search. I found, on craigslist, an unused, unopened, very large, beige area rug for $15. A steal! And I wasn’t about to spend a ton of money for my little experiment. Once I brought it home, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get the motivation to actually paint it, but then a client had a need for an extra large area rug with a bold pattern. The budget was slim so I decided this was the perfect opportunity. First things first, tape off my pattern. I prefer masking tape over painter’s tape when painting fibers because it tends to have fewer bleeds.
I decided on a geometric pattern 2 inches wide. Not only because the client preferred a modern pattern, but also because I felt it would be easier for my first time.
I decided to use the same chocolaty brown paint that we used on the wall. This would save money and coordinate well in the room. I used a regular ol’ paintbrush and went to town.
I always remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Keeps from messing up the paint and makes for much cleaner lines.
Pretty awesome, right? It’s a bit stiff on the paint, but after the vacuum goes over it a few times and plenty of foot traffic, it will soften. This was such an easy project, but maybe next time I will mix the paint with fabric medium to soften it up a bit more. Have you tried out any of the awesome ideas making their way around pinterest lately?