UncategorizedHow to Paint a Rug October 3, 2013Y’all, I am so blown away by all of your sweet comments about our fall home tour! Seriously, thanks so much for all the love! Before we get to the rug painting, a little love for current home tours… Yesterday, we had the very talented Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs sharing some gorgeous DIY candlesticks with us. Go check her blog out. She’s awesome! Today, we have Gabbi of Retro Ranch Reno sharing her home tour with us. She was inspired by plums, teals, and mustard yellows. She brought in peacock feathers and lots more awesomeness. I LOVE how it turned out and you definitely need to go check it out and share the love. *** Some of you mentioned that there were a lot of “new” things in my home tour other than just fall decor. And you’d be right! Since we’re just now getting to that decorating phase, there were a good many projects that I wanted to finish before we rolled out the fall home tour. It was a good excuse to get some things done! So, over the next little bit, I’ll be sharing some of those and giving tutorials for how we did it. Today, I want to talk about the new living room rug. A lot of you commented on this rug. I had talked about my inspiration for layered living room rugs here. I really wanted something navajo/kilim (shocker!) and cowhide. Well, I haven’t found the cowhide yet, but I’m still on the hunt. The kilim we took care of. Like many other things in our home, this beauty has an interesting story. Not long ago, I was searching one of my favorite local thrift stores and came across this 4×6 pastel navajo rug. And for only $19.99! I wasn’t crazy about the pastels. Not that there is anything wrong with pastels, but that just didn’t fit the color pallette I was going with. But I loved the pattern, not to mention the good size and the price! So, an idea started forming…. Could I take some fabric paint and brighten up this beauty? Well, I decided to try and she came home with me! In comes Tulip Fabric Paint… I wanted coral/red, greens, and blues. There were five different colors on the actual rug, so I chose five different colors of paint and matched them each to the color they most matched to begin with. I thought that would be easier to cover and it was! I started with red. When my husband saw me painting the first little red square he predicted I’d be there for years. It did seem daunting and at first, it was very tedious. You’ll see that I started (follow the arrow) painting much heavier. I was really trying to get the whole thing covered. That was taking several coats because of the pile of the rug. There were a lot of little nooks and cranies to work it into. Then I thought about how much I liked “worn” looking rugs and could I just sort of glaze the paint over the top and not worry about full coverage. That’s what I decided to do and things really picked up. I would say this project took me in all about four hours. Yes, still long. But the total came out to $40 for a 4×6 Kilim rug that I picked the colors of. Love this project! You’ll notice the gold/tan on the left didn’t get used. I saved it for last because I thought I might want to keep the cream that was already on the rug. I loved the contrast once it was done. This makes me so excited to realize you really can change the color of rugs! I’m such a thrifter and good rugs in the right colors are hard to find! Some tips if you want to do this yourself: 1. Choose the rug wisely – Choose a rug with a pattern you really like that would be easy to follow. For example, these straight lines were really easy to replicate with a good angled brush. If this had been very intricate and floral, it would’ve taken forever. Also, choose a rug with a very low pile. 2. Use Tulip Fabric Paint – I know there are other great fabric paints out there. I tried several for another project that FAILED majorly and Tulip was by far the softest. The rug really doesn’t feel painted at all. I think it would feel much harder if you really applied a ton of paint to get more coverage. The way I painted it left it feeling soft. 3. Use an Angled Brush – As I said above, with these straight lines, it was super easy to paint. I used a fairly small angled brush and was easily able to freehand the straight lines. 4. Use Little Paint – I dabbed my brush in the paint and then worked a lot of it off before applying it to the rug. If you don’t, you get one dark spot of paint in the middle of what you’re trying to paint. Then, I worked the paint into the area I was trying to paint and this left it with pretty even coverage and a worn sort of look, which is what I was going for! 5. Take your Time – I went very slow in the beginning so that I could make sure I was staying in the lines and that I was getting the sheer, consistent coverage I wanted. Once I got the feel for it, I sped up and was fine. But definitely take your time to get the look you want! Any more questions I didn’t touch on? Leave a comment and I’ll get right back to you!