Add Excitement and Design to a Boring Deck With a Stenciled Rug

I wanted to give my deck a bit of design while providing a more "comfy" feeling. So I bought a plain rug and using just one stencil, and created a spectacular rug for my new outdoor living space.
I started with a simple, plain rug. Big time "BLAH"!
I used our Amour Medallion Painting stencil to stencil rust colored medallions randomly over the surface. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush for this fun little makeover.
To create a sharp contrast, I then off-set the stencil (covering a small portion of the previous stenciled medallion) and used black paint to create a "layered" effect. Using a "swirling" motion rather than pouncing the brush makes it go much quicker and easier. It also allows more paint to be deposited down in to the fibers of the rug.
They looked GREAT layered!
It was fun deciding where the next medallion would be placed.
Placing the medallions randomly over the surface created a lot of interest and gave my deck a more "homey" feel.

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3 questions
  • Renee
    on Mar 5, 2016

    what type of rug was it and does thickness of the rug matter.

    • Victoria Larsen Stencils
      on Mar 5, 2016

      It was a low nap, inexpensive area rug. The thickness would matter only in the fibers (such as shag). That would be more difficult to stencil. Low nap is best for a crisp image.

    • Dml28299665
      on Jul 28, 2017

      would an indoor outdoor rug that you get at Home Depot or lowes work for this? seems like a really neat idea. I have a covered patio floor being tiles so this would be perfect

  • Amo5478688
    on May 10, 2016

    if i want to clean the rug is the paint stable ?

    • Victoria Larsen Stencils
      on May 10, 2016

      Not with acrylic paint and I'm not certain about exterior paints either. Maybe if you just used the foam shampoo type, let it dry and then vacuum.

  • Patti
    on Mar 27, 2017

    How does the rug hold up in the rain. Do you put something on the rug to protect from the weather?

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