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October 16, 2012

DIY Painted Chevron Rug

Nursery Rug
This one goes under the category of "better late than never," especially for those of you who have been waiting for it for the better part of a year. Whoops. But now that I finally found the time to write about it, I can't wait to share one of the very special touches that we gave to our little girl's nursery, the rug.

As most of you know, I started out with a very plain, flat woven rug that I purchased for about $30 off of Craigslist. It was pretty nasty when I picked it up (see also: dirt, dog hair, and ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT) so the first order of business was giving it a good, thorough cleaning. Once completed, I had a prime rug that was in need of a bit of color.

After getting a little inspiration from this website, I bucked up and painted it.

It was a challenge, especially getting the chevrons to space out correctly, but now that it's done, I love the finished product and how it adds an extra bit of color (and an excellent place to play) to the nursery!
Nursery Babe
1. Gather your materials. We used: 1 flat woven rug (6'x9'), 1 quart of flat indoor paint, 2 small bottles of Liquitex fabric medium, 1 small foam paint roller, 3 large garbage bags, 1 roll green frog tape, razor blade or xacto knife.

2. Lay rug flat on large surface. If you are doing this inside, be sure to lay a tarp or a few garbage bags beneath the rug to catch any paint that might drip through (we used three garbage bags).

3. Tape off the design you want, pressing firmly on the tape to ensure no paint leakage. If you are using a geometric design, measure carefully from each end. If you are attempting a chevron, the best way to start taping out your design is from one corner and proceeding diagonally. (Note: For a chevron, do not begin taping in the middle.)

4. Once your design is completed, mix the paint according to store directions and stir in the liquid fabric medium. This will help your paint adapt to the rug.

5. Using the foam roller brush, carefully paint the rug.

6. Allow the paint to dry overnight and remove the tape. Enjoy your finished product!

Note: While it's possible to find many painted-rug tutorials online that only involve paint, I do suggest using the liquid fabric medium to help the paint adapt to the rug. It will help prevent chipping and, as the rug wears, give it a natural feel instead of appearing hard and crusty.

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