How to Paint an Outdoor Rug


Outdoor rugs can be expensive, and I never want to spend too much money because often times they don't last much longer than 1 summer. Plus, when you have a small or awkwardly shaped space, it can be hard to find a rug that actually fits!
I decided to create my own outdoor rug, and it cost me less than $30 to completely customize it for our city balcony.
I found a plain beige rug from Home Depot for $20 and cut it in half (2 rugs for the price of 1!). I also picked up a variety of paint samples from the store in white, yellow, and shades of blue.
After marking off the striped areas, I got to town painting.
Didn't it turn out great?! So vibrant and pretty. Plus, it's completely customized so we could create exactly what we wanted.
But the best part? This rug still looks vibrant months later and the paint has stayed on there perfectly. Can't beat that!
For more details on how to paint your own outdoor rug, check out our blog post.

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2 questions
  • Kelleysdiy
    on Jul 24, 2016

    Did you paint with a sponge?

    • The DIY Playbook
      on Aug 8, 2016

      Yes, I found that the sponge worked best to get into the crevices of the rug. You can find more details and tips in the blog post.

    • Bernice H
      on Aug 10, 2016

      Could you have spray painted instead/?

    • Bernice H
      on Aug 10, 2016

      And what size rug did you start with and end up with? I need a rug/carpet on our patio. Is yours indoor outdoor fabric? Thanks..

    • Karenhaywood9906
      on Jul 28, 2017

      Because you tried it... I tried it too... Homemade chalk paint... Now for the other half... Lol thanks tho... I really needed the ok to redo this trash find after I had it cleaned a couple of times 😉
    • The DIY Playbook
      on Aug 17, 2017

      Bernice, all of the information is in the blog post..including a direct link for the rug. You can definitely spray paint too...just make sure it's with outdoor paint!
  • Anusha Verma
    on Aug 3, 2016

    Hey which paint did you use? This is beautifully done and so less cost :). Just loved it.

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