Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Rug Drama - Painted Rug Tutorial
Rugs are wonderful little things that really can add a nice statement to a room. Unfortunately they usually have a hefty price tag attached that is quite less than wonderful. I've been scouting around for a rug for my front door, and found many...that is, many that were either too big, too small, too bland, too expensive, too the wrong color, too you get the point. I have the shopping patience of a small ant, so rather than opt to wait for the next 6 months to see if I found one I liked, I decided just to paint one. A painted rug is hardly a new concept, just google it and you'll see what I mean! I've used a a sharpie on a rug before, but this was a first for me to try to paint one.
I picked a 3 x 5 cream colored rug for $13 from Walmart. It has a low pile and is quite heavy, which for a front door is a good thing! Nothing worse than a rug sliding all around and curling at the edges!
I wanted something that would look like it was an actual rug design, not really something that looked crafty. I like decor that has a bit of drama, so I opted to put to go with a diamond pattern down the center. Rather than be all technical and actually measure anything, I grabbed a tin decoration I had lying around, and just traced three diamonds onto the rug with a grey marker.
Because I don't trust my coloring in the lines skills, I taped off the edges before I filled them in with paint.
I used a silver metallic paint from Martha Stewart's paint line. Unfortunately the metallic shine didn't really come through once it was on the rug, but I still liked the color OK.
Starting at the corners, I used a stencil I bought from Hobby Lobby to fill in the edges.
Once it was finished, I felt it looked a little too flat. It needed something to give it just a bit of dimension.
I decided to use a sponge and some cream colored paint to add a bit of depth to the diamonds.
Using a very, very small amount of paint on the sponge, I patted it on randomly.
It doesn't make a huge difference, but it's enough of one to keep it from just looking like blah grey diamonds.
It's actually going to be turned length wise in front of the door, but I turned it this way so the light would hit it to take pictures. I haven't painted any walls yet, so my entry is still rather dark and tomb like...not the best for trying to take a clear picture of anything!
I think this rug, paired with the chandelier and entry way furniture I have planned, will create just the right feel for a front door first impression. I have a thing for entries, I think they set the tone for the rest of the house.
Now that I've bit the bullet and painted a rug for myself, the price would have to be pretty stinking amazing to get me to go rug shopping again!...that is, unless it's in the "plain Jane, less than $20" rug section! What do you think, are painted rugs too craftyish, or do you think they can look as good as the real deal?
I hope the rest of your day is wonderful, thanks so much for stopping by!
Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.