Sunday, October 28, 2012

Painted Garden Rug

Remember a couple of weeks ago, I told you that I was painting a rug and my son said, "Mama, that's ridiculous - painting a rug!"  Well, I invite you to check out The Rug.....


It's kind of hard to tell from this photo, but there were lots of old stains on this 9 year old rug.  We used to have it under the Dining Room Table - with a baby - enough said!  But, it was still a nice sisal rug and I knew it could be salvaged.

First, I painted a border around the entire rug with Rustoleum Almond Paint which covered up most of the stains!  It did take 3 quarts of paint to do the 9 X 12 rug - it was pretty thirsty!

Then, I added two stencils. During this step, my son no longer thought my painting the rug was ridiculous.  He really enjoyed watching the magic of the stencil going down!

...and here is the final product...


I'm very pleased with the result.  It's extended the life of that rug for at least another few years and it's brought a nice "garden" feel to the sunroom!  Plus, the painted border is now a wipe-able surface, making it much easier to keep clean!

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Painted Rug (3 Quarts Paint $35.00, Stencil $3.00, Rug  $0)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $38.00

Compare to purchasing a new Sisal Rug from Pottery Barn:  $399.00 (plus, no fun border!)

Pottery Barn Sisal Rug
Total Fake-It Savings:  $361.00

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  1. I love this, you did a great job! Wish I didn't have has so much carpet in my house and instead had rugs like yours. :-)

  2. Very attractive. Where did you find the stencil so resonable? I can't find any that are that low in price.

    1. I picked it up at JoAnn Fabrics- they have a nice, cheap selection!

  3. What a fantastic idea! I often see rugs out at garage sales. I will have to remember this. :)

  4. Nice...I am now considering redoing my outdoor rug that has seen better days but is still good in great condition. So, I do have a few questions...

    - Did you paint the whole rug?
    - The border alone took 3 quarts?
    - Did you use more than one color to paint the rug? My computer doesn't seem to distinuish between the colors.


  5. I love that you extended the life of your rug! Way to go!

    Thanks for linking up to Frugal Thursday Rewind at A Life in Balance!

  6. That's beautiful! I wonder if I could do the same with the back of an old carpet... Hmmmm...

  7. Nice job and great price for the makeover. I'm curious... how is the border now a wipe-able surface?

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  11. That looks really good, and I'm sure you got a great deal of satisfaction from something well done.


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