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Mannnn….I suck at this.

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Hey y’all. I’ve been feeling really down and out about my design plan lately. Every DIY project I’ve done just isn’t doing it for me anymore. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve given up. Literally. Let me break it down:

I don’t like my table anymore.

The wood is too thin. The legs are rigged up in a bootleg fashion. It wobbles. The color is still good for me. But everything else…no.

 

My dogs ruined my rug. 

It was nice for several weeks. All I needed was a rug pad underneath to stop the sliding and give it some cushion. Then one fateful day, one dog (I suspect that one in the picture – the boy) decided to pee on the floor, getting some on the rug as well. Ugh. That just made me NOT like the rug anymore. I was always vacuuming up dog hair and NOW THERE’S URINE?!?!? Oh, hellz no. And the paint was fading in some spots. It just wasn’t what I thought it’d be. Maybe it’s my own fault for 1) not crating my dogs when I left that day and 2) not heat sealing the paint after I finished the project. SIGHHHH!!!

I started making some no-sew striped curtains. I hung one panel and HATED IT! Lord. Give me strength.

I’m living in this fabulous condo and I feel so much pressure to make it great. I’m afraid I’m not living up to the challenge.

I look at my favorite house blogs like MerryPad, YoungHouseLove, and House Tweaking and I just feel like I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. Their ideas all look so simple in theory, but in practice….it’s another thing honey.

HELLLLPPP!!!!

tm.

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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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