West Elm Inspired DIY Painted Rug


I've been creating West Elm inspired home decor all summer as part of a fun series with some blog friends and today is the final project! I made a DIY Painted Rug and it's a lot easier than you might think!


I found a large area rug that I loved by West Elm but the price tag left a lot to be desired - $400! So I recreated it for a LOT less money!

I bought a large fabric drop cloth and used painter's tape and fabric paint to recreate the design and color scheme. **Tip: You can use acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium to make fabric paint, like I did!**

The combination of oranges and browns, and the modern design, is perfect for my living space and a great fall piece. Since it didn't cost much to make, I won't feel bad changing it out with the seasons!

For the full DIY with measurements for my own large rug, feel free to visit the blog. This is a great project because you can truly customize it match to your own decor.


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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Teresa Keaton Browning
    on Apr 2, 2017

    HOW DO YOU KEEP THE DROP CLOTH FLAT ON THE FLOOR WITHOUT BUNCHING UP WHEN YOU WALK ON IT?

    • Pamela
      on Jun 8, 2019

      Maybe attaching a magnet on the corners would add a little weight to keep it from folding. Inexpensive too

  • M Eagle Shield
    on Feb 10, 2019

    I have a couple larger rugs with designs I would like to paint a different design so do I need to do like a primer first then the new design?

  • Michelle
    on Nov 15, 2019

    Has anyone stenciled carpet? Due to a new adorable puppy who is now 4, we have bleached out spots where I apparently did not use the proper stain remover for his accidents. We're not ready to remove the carpet until we move, which we're considering or staying. We have a waterbed which to drain and move is a pain in itself. Any suggestions?


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  • Ann
    on Oct 12, 2018

    Maybe I missed it but I don't see anyone speaking about how to seal these things. I have made a few floor cloths. First I paint the Raw drop cloth with white house paint. Second I paint my design. Third I use clear coat all over it both sides. 4th I then use a butcher's wax and rub it all over the top part and buff it out. This makes it so easy to clean you can even take it outside and hose It Off ! The ones I made four or five years ago still look great! Mine were all smaller but I bought a large drop cloth planning to do this. I was trying to figure out how to do it without being on my hands and knees all the time though! Getting too old for that stuff.

  • Pamela
    on Jun 8, 2019

    I love this ! My husband is a painter so he can get discounts at paint stores and Lowe's. So I hope to try this soon. Sometimes he has leftover paint from jobs so therefore I may get lucky and have very little cost in my rugs. Thanks so much for sharing and giving others inspiration..

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