Painted Rug

7 Days
I am still working on my basement Craft Room. Spending as little as possible is my goal in this space as there will be future renovations. I want to use the space sooner than that so this is another one of my DIY projects. The floor in this space is just about as awful as the ceiling was. So what to do?The upstairs office rug (which should have been on its way out long ago) was moved to the basement and had a date with a roller and paintbrush.
Painting a rug is something I have never tried before and if this does not work I won't be out much except 1/2 gallon of paint.

Sherwin Williams - Tricorn Black SW 6258 is my choice for the main body of the rug. Most tutorials recommend using chalk paint (it makes the surface a little less stiff) so I mixed up 1/2 gallon of paint, 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris. That is my chalk paint recipe.
A plastic drop cloth was placed under the rug in case the paint bleeds through.

The body of the rug will be rolled using a 9" x 1/4" nap cover and I am making sure to soak it well with paint so it won't need a second coat. Here is the rug halfway completed. I am already liking the difference :)
It was checked after 2 days of drying and still felt a little damp so 2 more days were necessary to make sure it was completely dry and ready for the designs.

I knew what I wanted the rug to look like but was coming up empty on ideas to make it happen. I kept looking around the house and then there it was, the design on my master bedroom comforter. It would be perfect to create the look I was going for.

Wax paper would work to lay on top of the comforter since it is transparent and a black sharpie for tracing. Since the wax paper was only 11.9" wide and the stencil

was almost twice that, I had to trace twice and piece together with tape to make one whole template.
The template was taped to the rug to secure it so the outside could be traced with a white chalk marker. One stencil was done in each corner and one in the middle of the rug
The inside was then cut out along my lines with an

exacto knife. I placed it back on the rug to trace the interior design and decided to pin it this time cause it was very thin and moved around too easily.
I mixed some neutral paint that I had on hand the same way with the chalk recipe and a small brush will be used to hand paint inside the design that was traced. So it was time to get started.

I painted...
and painted.....
paint, paint, paint....
My biggest challenge was staying in the lines and not having drips everywhere. Touch-ups were made with leftover black paint and believe me, there were a lot of touch-ups.
This is a completed stencil....there are 5 in all.
Getting the rug into my craft room has made a huge difference in the way it looks.
I would estimate the time I spent on this project to be about a week...that includes drying time.
I am very happy with the end result. My space has a nice floor covering without the big price tag and I kept an old rug from going to the landfill :)
Karen @ Southern Gal Meets Midwest
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  • Mar1976318 Mar1976318 on Feb 25, 2016
    How is the chalk paint holding up under traffic? Did you put anything else on it to protect it?

  • Michele Michele on Apr 21, 2021

    The low shag carpet in my 2005 RV is a putrid lime or avacado green and I can not afford to remove couches and other furniture and replace the eyesore flooring

    So do you have any ideas on how I can make this look go away ?

  • Susan M. Roth Susan M. Roth on Apr 23, 2021

    How hard / stiff is the rug? When vacuuming or traffic, cause any paint specs?

    I am thinking this this would be a great way to save $$$ covering all the pet stains, eventually we’ll be replacing the carpet.

    We rescued a kitten approximately 5 years ago & she still will not use the litter box to urinate. We have finally found a ‘solution’ combination of Go Here spray product, 9x12 pan lined w/grass turf. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to remove all the stains, as you can see in the attached photo.

    We are early 60’s. I have MS & my husband has COPD.

    We even tried a professional cleaning, didn’t work.

    Do you think a wall-to-wall carpet would make any difference?

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