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d.i.y. striped rug

by Stacie Bloomfield / 11 comments

So I have had quite the undertaking with my home here in Arkansas. We have had 3 separate floods within 1 year that resulted in all of our carpet being removed due to water damage. Well, we finally got real carpet installed in our home! However, my tan couch on top of my tan carpet left me needing something to balance the room, both spatially and in terms of color. Also, I tend to love my floral prints (see couch for proof). So, I decided to reuse two old rugs that used to lay on our cement slab floors and give them a makeover! Brown vertical stripes really grounded my couch, and I am really glad I did it. And, it only required some masking tape and a can of spray paint!

Here's how I did it:
 1. Tape off the entire length of the rug with tape. I stuck with a simple striped pattern, but I would love to try this with a stencil from Stencil1.
 2. Next, Take the rug outside on a sunny day and spray paint away! Be sure not to over saturate the fabric, because this could cause the paint to run. Be sure to use flat paint.
3. Let the paint dray for at least an hour before removing the tape.
4. Carefully remove the tape to reveal your new painted rug!
Just so you know, The rug looks great, and I really cannot tell that I used spray paint for the pattern, because it feels really natural to the touch. I think the key is to not over saturate the rug.

I know that there are a lot of D.I.Y.'s out there, but just know that some projects are as simple as getting an idea in your head and going for it. This is one of those D.I.Y.'s, and I hope that it inspires you to take a few hours during a lovely day and accomplish something great!


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  • OUB on

    Love it … are you happy with how the paint has saturated the fibers? The texture of the paint on the rug?

    I have been searching for rug ideas forever(!) and love that this is a custom solution.

    I’m just wondering about other media (fabric paints, concentrated dyes, etc.) …

  • Ashley on

    This is amazing! What a great idea! I would LOVE to feature this on my blog soon! I will contact you :) great blog and great etsy shop!


  • Jenna on

    gorgeous. and i love your DIY opening photo design!!!

  • Geraldine Foy on

    great idea, I love the simplicity of it and it looks good.

  • Gingiber on


    So funny you say that you want to do a Chevron Pattern! That was my initial plan for weeks! But, by the time we had good enough weather so that I could go outside to spray paint, I grew impatient and went for the lines!

    I used Valspar Flat Spray Paint Cappuccino.

    Yes, a flat rug from ikea will work fine. My rugs were from Pier One from about 4 years ago.

    Good luck!

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