Today you learned you can paint a rug.
For the record, even if I was told that I cannot paint a rug I probably would have embarked on this project anyway, simply because the grey rug I had plopped in the middle of my room for six months looked so boring it made my eyes hurt.
Painting a rug is a cost-efficient, labor-intensive, but ultimately rewarding DIY project for anyone who has a plain rug that they want to jazz up. And trust me, nice rugs are expensive. Why not buy a cheaper rug and paint it to look exactly how you want?
I started with a 9×6 rug that I bought at Big Lots for I believe around $30. Then I bought a quart of Behr matte white latex paint for about $12, and some cheap paint brushes and palette for about $3 more. So in all this project cost me about $45, way less than what you would expect to pay for a rug at West Elm.
I used this stencil that I printed on 11×17 paper.
So here’s how to paint your own rug:
Start out by cutting out your stencil and lining it up on the top corner of the rug. Trace the outline of the stencil with a permanent marker. Repeat this process all over the rug. This took me about 6 hours total.
Next, paint your rug. I used a small, flat round brush and filled in the stencil with stippling motions. I found that trying to brush the rug didn’t work. This process isn’t fast, but try to be patient and thorough. You can go back with a second coat if the first isn’t as opaque as you’d like.
Whew! Eight hours of painting later, and my rug is completed! I plan to go back in and do another coat soon to make the paint darker. But overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. It was a fun DIY project and my most intense to date. I look forward to more DIY-ing in the future.
Hope you found this painted rug tutorial helpful! Go ahead and share with someone who might be interested in doing this.