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DIY Painted Rug

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen a rug or two in my boards. I’ve also been noticing several DIY painted rug projects on Pinterest as well. Sooooo, I took my tail right out to IKEA and purchased their 6×9 Erslev rug for $59. (Note: They do have a smaller Erslev rug 4×6 for $39.) I looked at the higher-priced rugs while I was there but there was nothing that could compare to getting a custom rug at this price.

To do this project you’ll need:

  • A flat woven rug like the IKEA Erslev rug
  • A quart (or so) of paint in the color of your choice
  • I mixed my paint with a fabric medium, but I didn’t heat set it so it was probably all for naught.
  • A patterned stencil (I used THIS one from Cutting Edge Stencils). You can DIY a pattern using contact paper like THIS or just do something freehand.

Here’s what I did:

IKEA rug right out of the packaging.

Rolled out and ready to paint

Okay, so I really should stop using the camera on my phone for these blog posts. Whatever. It’s just a plain ol’ white rug. Mmkay? I bought a lamp from a store that sells old hotel furniture. That place is amazeballs, but I digress. I fell in love with the mustard color and wanted to bring this color into the living room more, so I chose a Behr paint color called Solar Fusion to match.

I measured my rug to find the absolute center and started my stencil from there.

After I mixed the paint and fabric medium ($0.99 from Michaels and it looks like):

I got started painting:

I was doing pretty well UNTIL…….

I let my roller get a little too close to the rug. Oops!

Oh well, that’s going under the couch. Hehehe. So, here’s the texture up close. I really liked how some of the white still showed through, it gave the rug an aged look.

All done! Now to let it dry without my dogs thinking (A) that it’s a huge pee pad or (B) lying down on it while it’s still wet.

I had to build a blockade so my dogs wouldn't lie on it.

It made it 24 hours. Here is where I was supposed to heat set the paint with a warm iron, but y’all know I was mentally DONE with this project. It didn’t take me that long, but definitely longer than I had anticipated. Let’s just say I watched 2 episodes of Law & Order: SVU and still wasn’t done yet.

In place, finally! ManMan likes it.

I love it, but it’s a little flat for me, like, if I were ManMan I wouldn’t lie on it…just doesn’t seem comfy enough yet. It’s just a plain rug, so there’s really no pile to it. So, I think I’m going to get a rug pad to make it a little softer, that should also ensure that it doesn’t move around too much.

I’m so glad I started this blog y’all. It has really inspired me to be more creative and get things done around my house.  What inspires you to get things done around your house?

-tm

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My Master Closet Makeover

I haven’t had much time to finish any projects around the house lately. But I remembered a project that was already completed that I could share with you guys. My master closet makeover!!  I think it’s every girl’s dream to have a fully organized closet that’s huge and makes all your friends drool. Well, when I first looked at this condo and the realtor opened the closet doors…I think I said, “OH. MY. DAMN. This is MY closet?!?” And then I made some sort of joke about how it could be the nursery (for my unborn children O_O).

Anyway….

Here’s my closet BEFORE. Please excuse that pile of clothes and stuff. That’s just how I roll.

It's like a little room in there!

First, I had to paint it. I wanted something girly, but not overtly. I have a really masculine sense of style and I’m really trying to tone it down in my condo. So I decided on purple. But WHICH purple?!? There are SO many to choose from.

Which one do you like best?

I put this picture up on Facebook and let my friends vote on the color I should choose. Starting from the left, with the far left being number 1, most people chose number 5. I was teetering between numbers 3 and 5 anyway, so 5 it was!

Boom!

And there it is! Well, that’s one side of it. You can see purple number 5 turned out really well. As far as the design goes, I worked with a lady at The Container Store to design my perfect closet. I told her that I wear a lot of t-shirts and that I tend to fold clothes, rather than hang them up, so she gave me hella drawers to put my clothes into. I guesstimated about how many pairs of heels vs. flat shoes I had. And she gave me ample storage for that.

I don't have that many pairs of heels. Sad...I know.

I told her that I wanted a cool way to organize my jewelry in the closet as well. And she gave me this:

OMG! Rock my world why doncha?!?

The guys were really quick who installed it, too. They removed my old closet shelves and rods and painted the areas that I couldn’t paint because the shelves were in the way. So that was awesome.  Now, this whole Container Store professional install thing isn’t cheap. You can save a lot of money by installing it yourself. Keep in mind they had drills, hacksaws, sawzalls, and all that. I think if I did it myself it probably would’ve taken me an entire weekend. These guys did it in about 3-4 hours. If you have some extra money around though, I’d definitely recommend getting an Elfa closet system when it’s ON SALE! (Right now it’s 30% off the materials AND the installation—GREAT deal!!)

Do you have any other ways to keep your closets organized?

-tm

PS – I need to start using my good camera to take these pictures, huh? Whatever, YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!!!!! O_O

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