rope spandex rug, reupholster

Rope & Spandex Rug

If you're looking for a fairly simple but versatile rug, you may want to try this project out. Though it's a little time consuming, the end result will definitely be a conversation piece (shortly after I finished mine, my sister-in-law came over and saw it as she was leaving, saying, "Hey! Nice rug!" :))

give a cheap floor mat a designer look with a paint pen, flooring, repurposing upcycling

Give a Cheap Floor Mat a Designer Look With a Paint Pen

You know how stores will have some crazy-cheap item to get you in to their store? Well, last fall, I took Menard's bait and had to buy a rug they were advertising for $3 (I think, if my memory serves me correctly?) Yeah, it was super thin, and really.... not special. Plain black with some gray threading and just something to wipe your paws on. My word, I'd already spent a fortune on rugs in the house and couldn't handle a dime more. SO, this yawner has been sitting in front of my door greeting sweet visitors for months. I finally decided to shop for one. Nope, nothing. Nothing was thin enough for my door to glide over, cute enough, in my budget, etc. So I decided to do what I usually do. Upgrade what I have!

diy painted rug west elm aztec inspired, home decor, how to, reupholster

DIY Painted Rug Inspired by West Elm

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 way that reflects your personality, without spending a ton of money.
One day while browsing the West Elm website I came across the Phoenix Wool Dhurrie rug and instantly fell in love. The geometric/navajo pattern was fun, simple, classic and modern all rolled into one. It seemed perfect for our dining room!

how to make a braided beach towel rug

How to Make a Braided Beach Towel Rug

I found this cute beach towel at a discount store and thought it would make a nice cushy rug for the bathroom. Using an old tried buy true method of rag rugs, I decided to go ahead and see just how big a rug would be with just one beach towel. The end result was in approx. 20 inches round.

diy stenciled pallet wood floor doormat, flooring, how to, outdoor living, painting, pallet, repurposing upcycling

DIY Stenciled Pallet Wood Floor / Doormat

It’s such a happy moment every time our bare feet touch the stenciled pallet wood floor. Everyone can use a pretty stenciled wood doormat, and making your own stencil is so easy and so fun! (I also have free template of the stencils you see here at the end for you to download)

staircase re do

Staircase RE DO

One of the areas that has remained unfinished in my condo, is the basement staircase. While the basement remains unfinished, a LOT goes on down there. It is my workshop, storage AND my freezer is down there. So, I make several trips a day (and more at times) up and down the staircase. The unfinished staircase has been an annoyance to say the least.Thank you Hometalk for the staircase challenge.

painted rug, flooring, painting

Painted Rug

I painted stripes on the back of my hounds tooth rug. I used blue tape for the stripes and regular old latex paint that I had stashed in the basement. One side hounds tooth the other side beachy stripes! Check out the play by play at

easy diy personalized doormat

Easy DIY Personalized Doormat

I hate spending a lot of time hunting for the perfect home decor and accessories. This is why, normally, I just decide to make something myself. That way I can get exactly the look I am going for. This DIY stenciled doormat was the exact same story!

whoever said a blanket can t be a rug was wrong, flooring, repurposing upcycling

Whoever said a blanket can't be a rug was wrong...

I unearthed some beautiful wool blankets in my parents attic the other day. I now have two new rugs!

make guests smile with this cute welcome doormat, doors

Make Guests Smile With This CUTE Welcome Doormat

I was in the market for a new mat for the outside of our main door (we use our side door as our main entryway), but I wanted something large to take up the space, so I found this plain woven coco doormat, which ended up fitting perfectly in front of the door outside. My husband works construction and comes home everyday with super dirty boots, so the coarseness of the mat is great for knocking off the excess dirt and mud from his feet while still looking cute for when guests come over.

creative diy cutout rug, diy, flooring, reupholster

Creative DIY Cutout Rug

Make a fun DIY rug for less than $10 and 30 minutes!

bath sheet to bath mat cost nothing

Repurposed Bath Sheet to Bath Mat

Bath Sheets are expensive, but my tall hubby loves them. He keeps asking me for a new bath math, and I just can’t seem to remember. Sunday I was struck with a solution to both our issues. Just create a new one out of one of his old bath (towels) sheets.

fresh and modern powder room makeover

Fresh and Modern Powder Room Makeover

Hi, I'm Christene from the blog Keys to Inspiration. My blog is all about helping you discover creative, simple, and affordable ways to design a home you love!Today I want to share our latest home makeover - our fresh and modern powder room. In 2015 we moved into our townhome. It’s a new build home so we started with a totally clean slate. Since then, we’ve been updating the house little by little to make it more our style.One room that I was dying to update was our powder room. I was pretty boring and basic at first. So, I made a design plan and we got to work DIY-ing and creating a completely new space.You can see the full room reveal on my blog -- link at the end of the post.

diy cork bath mat and other bath mat ideas

DIY Cork Bath Mat and Other Bath Mat Ideas

A new bath mat is an exciting way to add style and personality to your bathroom. But where’s the fun in purchasing any plain old mat? We found 3 bath mats that will put your DIY skills to the test, including a wine cork bath mat we made, that will serve as a great addition to your bathroom space.

ombre fall door mat, crafts, seasonal holiday decor

Ombre Fall Door Mat

Are you looking for a way to create an attractive door mat for the fall without paying a steep price? I found this door mat on clearance and upgraded it to a beautiful and vibrant fall ombre door mat with just some spray paint!

gorgeous colorful soft rug from old sweaters

Gorgeous Colorful Soft Rug From Old Sweaters

My mum gave me a bag of her old wool sweaters to repurpose and upcycle. Lucky for me my mum loves to wear bright colors. So I ended up with a bag of sweaters in lovely pinks, reds, and purples.I had recently made a very popular no-sew denim rug out of waistbands (click here), so this time I thought I'd have a go at a no sew sweater rug.

colorful scrap wood rug, reupholster

Colorful Scrap Wood Rug

I used some 1/2" plywood scraps to make a flexible wood rug that also doubles as a piece of art for my workspace.

hand print and footprint area rug gift, crafts

Hand Print and Footprint Area Rug Gift

Do any of you have problems at Christmas thinking of unique gifts for Grandparents from your kids? I struggle every year with this. So I thought I would share my absolute favorite gift I have made with my kids for their grandparents.
It requires inexpensive materials and is really simple to do.
Stop by for the simple instructions on how to make this!

diy painted rug, flooring, home decor, living room ideas

Diy Painted Rug

I was/am currently re-doing my living room. (if you knew me, then this wouldn't surprise you. I do it ALL the time) So after figuring out what I really wanted done in the room, I realized there was no way I could afford the beautiful striped rugs in the size I needed online. So, I went to my basement. Found my old,dirty Lowe's rug. Gave it a super good cleaning. Bought some blue paint at Home Depot. Took out my roller. And voila! A striped rug.

(side note: the pictures are off my phone.)

how to paint a rug

How to Paint a Rug!

Call me crazy, but I have always wanted to paint a living room rug! I spent a few months keeping an eye out for a 9' x 12' secondhand rug. I didn’t have many requirements except size which I found out later was a mistake. I ended up snagging this 9 x 12 foot rug with a 1/2 inch pile for only $30 including delivery!

how to paint a houndstooth rug, flooring, outdoor living, painting, A handpainted rug adds charm

How to Paint a Houndstooth Rug!

I wanted to update the front porch but on a shoestring budget. So we painted a rug on the floor with these simple was so easy and exactly what I wanted! You can do it too!

denim rug give old jeans new life diy, reupholster

Denim Rug: Give Old Jeans New Life! DIY

I found myself growing a pile of old jeans – too small, too worn, too torn. You name it. I decided to make a throw rug with that pile of jeans and I am so glad I did.

drop cloth zebra hide rug, crafts, home decor, Whats Ur Home Story Drop cloth Zebra Rug Complete Tutorial on the blog

Drop Cloth Zebra Hide Rug

I've seen these zebra hides in high end magazine's and loved the look but not the price or the fact that I would be stepping on actual animal skin. After racking my brains on what I could use to get the same look I came up with this; make my own animal print rug from a drop cloth! It was cheap and worth a shot. I wouldn't say that it is the easiest project in the world but it is also not the most difficult. I would rate it somewhere in the medium range mostly because of the level of patience you need. Skill level wise, it is easy. The step by step tutorial with detailed pictures is available at the link posted at the bottom of this post.

sharpie rug makeover, reupholster

Sharpie Rug Makeover

I've had this rug in my house that is in desperate need of a makeover. If you're like me (and I bet you are), you despise throwing away an item that could simply be refurbished or made into something new! My $12 IKEA rug with coffee stains and all, has now been transformed into a trendy bohemian-style rug using only Sharpie markers and a quart of paint. Give it a try! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.