When You Can’t Find a Rug, Paint One!

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My burgundy bathroom is a work in progress. After painting the walls and creating the faux brick backsplash ...

... the next task was to find the perfect rug — for next to nothing. :) Every garage sale and thrift store visit turned up zilch, so I decided to make do with what I could find.
I found this light beige rug at a sale for $5.
I had seen many posts on Hometalk about rug painting, so I thought I’d take the plunge. I got out my little stenciling sponges and the exact same paint I had used on my bathroom walls: Red, Red Wine by Pittsburgh Paints at Menards.
Surprisingly, this was really pretty easy. I dabbed the paint on the rug with the sponge, being careful to not leave any big blobs of paint.
After completing the burgundy color, I used a smaller sponge to dab some shimmery silver paint on to the smaller stripes. This entire process was very quick. All of the painting was done in less than an hour.
After an hour of drying time, here is the burgundy rug in place in the burgundy bathroom. Eventually I may try to stencil some big magnolias on it to match the Old South theme, but that will be a post for another day. :)
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  • JoJo JoJo on May 18, 2021

    There’s something you can buy at craft stores to add to any paint that makes it so the paint can be used on fabric & rugs . Sorry I can’t remember the name of it.

    • Ola Jordan Ola Jordan on Jun 28, 2021

      It’s called fabric medium and is a must when painting on rugs, curtains, any cloth, etc.

  • JoJo JoJo on Jun 28, 2021

    Thank You Ola, I have used it for fabric /rug projects in the past but just couldn’t remember what it was called. I appreciate your helping me out with what it’s called. 😊