Friday, February 21, 2014

Painted rugs

This project is one that I actually did as the first "work on a project" meetup, so you are seeing them out of order.  The first project meetup was actually a bust, no one was able to show.  With the weather here lately, I knew it would be hit or miss.......but hey, I scheduled it since I'd be working this project anyway.....and having it scheduled made me work the project.  So win-win.

Here is what inspired me to try this....from Pinterest.  Not sure if it is woven or painted but it made me think of paint so I decided I must try it.  Of course I couldn't find a stencil of that design or that I wung it.

I want to paint a cheap run to look like this with a stencil.

The one rug, I decided would be a try-me since it had more pile than I think is usual for a painted rug.  And the price is bearable if I totally screw it up - free!  This remnant came from a garbage pile where the neighbors put pieces when they were recarpeting.  This is a remnant of the new carpet, not used.  But hey, I am not above that either, depending on the purpose.  The other pieces I grabbed are in my attic now, forming a nice walkway over that darn splintery plywood floor.

This other rug, was a $10 rug from Home Depot.  It has the pile I was expecting for trying out rug painting.  And this price is also bearable if I totally screw it up.

I've had this stencil forever and finally get to use it. Everything I saw in Joanne's was tiny.

I want to say he was my helper,  but two pounces and he bounced.

I got this tiny stencil from Joannes....part of my winging it.

I decided to just let the creative juices flow.  A little here, a little there....

Not bad.... far so good.


Now to do it over and over.  Thank goodness for my little helper.

We had fun!

After you did it once the paint on the stencil directed the color.

Cool huh?

I plan to add a fabric border to bind this rug.  I'll update the finished photos when I can get to that.  I will be using this in the master bath.

I planned to use the low pile berber in the kitchen.  So I went with a more subtle color scheme.

 I just used the gold and touched it lighly with the orange for highlights.

I did smudge a little.....hey, gives it character.

Now, you can feel the dry paint on these rugs....the higher pile one moreso than the berber.  For my purposes, its not a problem.  I plan to spray them with scotchgaurd  for protection, just as soon as I can remember to buy it, but so far, so good.

If I wasn't about to list, I would totally paint my stairwell carpets with stencils.  Who cares if it is would cover the traffic patterns and look awesome.  And the roughness would just add traction.  I've seen painted stairs but it would be so loud here with these darn kids with no carpet on the stairs.  I will remember this when I am in my new house and so house-poor that I can't afford to recarpet the stairs.  I'll just paint the carpet....with oops paint, of course!

1 comment:

  1. This is so good, you have inspired me to go looking for remenants now lol, love the second one heaps, thanks for sharing
    Jan x