So, I had this really cute rug that I purchased at Home Goods a year or so ago. I used it in my kitchen in front of the sink and Oh Boy! After a while it didn’t look so cute anymore….it seemed to absorb everything that fell, dropped or spilled by the sink. And of course – this is the sort of rug you can’t throw in the wash machine.
It was soon relegated to the camping gear – and became the “welcome mat” to our tent! Who cares when you’re camping how dirty a rug gets – as long as there’s a place to park the shoes before everyone traipses through the tent! Finally, after a few camp-outs, I decided it needed to go – in the trash. But wait! Didn’t I read somewhere on Pinterest you could PAINT A RUG???? Why not. I had nothing to lose – and plenty of paint sitting idly on my garage shelves…..
So, after perusing many a Pinterest post on “painted rugs” I decided to go with a striped rug with a monogram in the center. I was already into painting before I thought “Aha! I should take pictures.” And so, here is a somewhat before and after photo of the once doomed rug:
My “almost before” photo. First I got out the vacuum and sucked up as much dirt off of it that I could. Then I got out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue and painted the entire thing. Please note: This is a very hard rug with a very tight weave and so the paint covered it very easily.
After painting the entire rug blue – I got out a pencil and marked stripes every 5 inches and used painter’s tape to tape them off and painted every other stripe with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White. After the stripes were completely dry I found a large bowl and centered it on the rug and traced around with a pencil and painted the circle in Old White as well. I found a “T” monogram online and cut it out and traced it inside the center of the circle. I used a Black Sharpie to outline the circle and fill in my “T” monogram design and Ta-Da! Almost done!
My last step – since I decided my “new rug” was going to go out into my screen porch – was to polyurethane it. I added a couple of coats of poly so that I can wipe it down if needed.
Here’s the finished product lying on my craft table in the garage. Now that old rug is something useful once again!