I guess the old saying is true . . . you learn something new everyday! But then again, it is also true that there is nothing new under the sun. While we were painting the cabinets and drawers out in the sewing studio the other day I looked down at the floor (which really needs to be painted too, but that will have to wait for another day), and realized that the area rugs we have out there are still in pretty good shape but they look UGLY. Even after we steam cleaned them, there are still stains from a variety of different projects and day-to-day activity that are just never coming out. Things like a black magic marker scribble from some little girl on her daily creative adventure, paint splatters from the art journal project, and various other drips and drabs that show up over time on an off-white rug.
Learn something new every day – you can paint your old area rug and change the look of the whole room!
This one is from Pretty Handy Girl where you can find the tutorial.
This rug was originally used in the master bedroom of our previous house, and it stayed quite nice in that setting – but because the floor in my sewing studio (used to be a workshop for the previous owner who was a wood worker) is concrete, and we didn’t really need the rug in the bedroom or any other room of the house, it made sense to use it out there. But it has now become truly ugly and a real mess, even when it is actually clean. So, I was looking at the rug and looking at the paint brush in my hand and I suddenly wondered, “Would it be possible to PAINT a rug?” Seemed like kind of a weird idea to me, but then it is not uncommon for me to have weird ideas when it comes to “making stuff.”
I thought about it for a couple of days while I was out there working, and then I decided I could just try it on a corner to see what would happen. I figured, how bad could it be? After all, it looks terrible right now and I can’t afford to buy a brand new area rug, so I figured it would be worth a try. But before I could do that, I thought . . . . I wonder if any one else has ever had this weird idea? So what would any smart girl do? Google it!
And that’s when I realized that perhaps all of my weird ideas might not be so strange after all. LOTS of people have painted rugs, including professional people who actually know what they are doing. Well then, I guess I’ll be painting my rug! Here are a few examples I found (there are a gazillion, but these are the kind of design that I’m thinking will work for me), including (ta-da!) paint splatters, polka dots, abstract and floral designs. I can’t wait to give it a try!
By the way . . . all the rugs that look just like this cost between $400 and $500 for the size I need. Maybe someday but for now we still have two teenagers at home so that kind of expenditure for our family is not going to happen any time soon!
This one is probably my favorite because there are already paint splatters on the rug now!
Have you ever painted a rug? Did you even know that you could do that? I’ll be sure to post some pictures when mine is finished – I HOPE, I HOPE, I HOPE that we can finish painting the walls and cabinets out there this weekend. Part of one wall is concrete block because it is the back side of the fireplace in our family room so that will take a TON of paint, primer, sealer – but it is only PART of ONE wall. Off to the sewing studio to work on painting again! Hope you are having a great week – be sure to link up for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party and share your latest family-friendly blog post. See you there!
Please join us this week for the Favorite Things Blog Hop!
Please take the time to get to know ALL of your hostesses