Katie Nathey
Katie Nathey
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  • Alpharetta, GA

DIY Painted Rug Inspired by West Elm

5 Materials
$20

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE area rugs! They instantly change the way a space looks, and are an easy {and temporary} way to add color or pattern to a room.
However, if you are on a tight budget {like us} then you may quickly realize that the area rug you want is out of your price range, boooooo. But then that’s the beauty of DIY, am I right? You can find a style you like and then re-create it in a
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
DIY Painted Rug: Before photo: I purchased a plain 5x7 remnant area rug for $20 at Home Depot {You can also find them at Lowes}. These rugs can be random in color and sizes available, but can generally be found near the decorative area rugs - maybe 1 or 2 aisles over. They are already bound but are labeled as remnant rugs :)
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
I created the shape templates I wanted to use and printed them out on cardstock paper. Each shape took up a few sheets of paper each since I had enlarged them.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
I taped the sheets of paper together so that I could cut them out as one large shape.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Here is my paper template cut out.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Afterwards I traced the paper template onto cardboard and then cut that out, this way I would have a more sturdy template to use and trace around.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
I measured out where I wanted the pattern to go and began tracing around the templates with a sharpie.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
I then painted in the shapes with some custom mixed navy paint using foam brushes. I had mixed fabric medium into the paint as well. I put an old tablecloth underneath the rug to make sure none of the paint seeped through.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Here is the rug with all of the shapes painted in. I had actually gone over the shapes a second time once it had dried.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Once the paint was dry I then went back over the edges of the shapes with some custom mixed turquoise paint.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Afterwards you will want to spray your rug with fabric protector. Here is a close up of my finished rug.
diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster
Here is my painted rug all finished!
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  • Debbie
    on Apr 3, 2018

    what kind of paint did you use.would you use a seal on it at all.

    • Momo s
      on Oct 27, 2018

      Look at "all materials"...decoart crafters acrylic and golden fluid acrylic

  • Susan Severino
    on Nov 7, 2018

    Love it! Want to do mine. Where did you get fabric medium and can you purchase large amounts of it?

  • Jjqq
    on Nov 8, 2018

    Did rug come from Home Depot or Rugshop? Thanks

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  • Pam
    on Jan 28, 2019

    WOW I love it!

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    7 days ago

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