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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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Pinterest Partayy: DIY Dining Room Table

Over on the home blog,What the Graham, they posted a New Year’s Challenge where you find a project you want to complete on Pinterest, get like Nike and JUST DO IT! It took me a little longer than the original deadline to post it (even though I completed the project a long time ago), but here it is.

This beautiful table lives in my “Home Design Shizzle” Pinterest board:

I just loved the rustic, yet modern feel to it. My condo has sort of a log cabin-y thing going on, so I wanted to give it a go. Plus, if it could save me hundreds of dollars by NOT buying a dining room table, why not? On the Apartment Therapy inspiration post they used reclaimed wood so they had to remove nails, clean the wood, and debuggify it (<—y’all will learn that I love to make up words). But I didn’t want to do that. So I hightailed it right on over to Home Depot for my supplies.

My wood + my dog Armani

First, I put my 4, 8 ft. 1×10 boards down on the floor and tried to line them up on the ends.

Then I cut some 1×2 down (with a handsaw) into 3 strips and attached them with about 4 wood screws for each one.

Then I assembled THESE  $10 IKEA table legs and attached them with wire clamp fasteners I found in the electrical aisle at Home Depot.

Flip the table over and voilà, magic. I thought I wanted to keep the integrity of the wood, so here I applied a light grey stain on the top and instantly hated it.

Sooooo, I found a sample of some Behr paint I had lying around called Red Jalapeno. Still thinking I wanted the wood grain to show through, I watered the paint down and applied it. When it dried it turned into this NEON ORANGE mess. No, I can’t be havin’ that in my house. Nawl.

BOOM!  There it is honeys!! I went and got two samples of another Behr color called Delicious Berry (uhm…or Berry Delicious, I can’t remember) and I love it. I used the paint at full strength (not watered down) so there isn’t any wood grain showing and I’m fine with that. It looks really great. I love it.

So that’s it. That’s my DIY dining room table. The only thing I really don’t like about it is I picked 1-by wood, I think I should’ve gotten thicker 2-by wood instead. I’m sure one day I’ll get tired of it and want to buy a real “grown-up” table. But for now, this table is awesome.

tm.

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