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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Painting a rug: Done!

I finished! And I am really quite pleased with the results of my rug painting "experiment." If you have been following my adventures since the get go, then you know I changed my project mid-stream (go back and see part 1 and part 2 if you need to refresh your memory). Once I committed, I chose a very simple pattern to paint inspired by this, as it suited my time and attention best. The graphic shape also works well with the decor of my office.




Knowing that the rugs would get a bit of wear and tear from the chairs, I felt that a more distressed coverage would work well. Lucky for me I did not have to work too hard to achieve that. The deep texture of the sisal rugs did the work for me.

 So the how to? So simple. I used some left over paint from the back of the bookcases. After reading several rug painting tutorials, I opted to add a fabric medium, which I felt made the paint looser and easier to work with. Since the rugs are sisal, it's hard to say whether the dried paint is softer and less stiff.

 I taped off my pattern using the masking tape I had on hand. Even though the rugs were rubber backed, I laid them on a tarp. Once I began painting, this guided my paint application and I was careful to not count on it to prevent the paint from seeping.

 
The first rug I painted with a foam brush, literally outlining the pattern and then filling in the color by dabbing the brush. The result was what I had envisioned. I began the second rug and then, horrors... I ran out of paint! My original goal with this project was to complete it using what I had on hand, from the rug to the left over paint. In the end, not only did I buy new rugs, I had to dish for paint!!!!

 

For the second rug, since I now had a whole, new can of paint, I opted to use a dry brush technique, again applying the paint by dabbing. The coverage was a bit more uniform, while still giving me the worn look I was after.


 I may go back and give the first rug another coat of paint (someday). But in the meantime I'll count this project as a success and hope that my husband agrees when see the results.



Many thanks to Linda for her inspiration and motivation on this rug painting blog party, I probably would not done this with out her invitation, I would have just thought about doing it! Now go on over and see what all of the other gals have done with their rugs. Be sure to leave some comment love for everyone!




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18 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they look simple and chic! well done!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Cathy I didn't realize you were doing 2...double snaps. They came out great, and what a clean office you have.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love the matching pair! What a great idea!!

Beth Connolly said...

I love this - very simple and sophisticated - great job.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Wow you did 2! I like the design and I am eyeing up a plain rug that I have.

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

I love that you did a pair- it look so good!

pam {simple details} said...

LOVE how your simple, bold twins perk up the office! Perfect balance of styles and what a clever idea to give each desk area their own! Great job, my friend!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Your large graphic pattern looks GREAT! Perfect for your space!

charmaine said...

I love the pair! Simple and chic!

Vel Criste said...

simply chic! I think your husband will agree! Great job Cathy and again, I salute everyone who joined this party - brave ladies! :-)

Holly said...

It works pefectly for your office and really defines each desk area. Love it Cathy - great work and great follow through. You did it!

Karena said...

Cathy they look great; classic and timeless; perfect with your office!!

Oh, and I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Pumpkins from Love Feast!
xoxo

Karena
Art by Karena

Sarah said...

These are so cool, Cathy!!! They turned out beautifully. Love the symmetry it creates between the two desk areas. Good to know the dabbing technique fills in better. Congrats on stepping up to the plate and hitting it out of the park...going to check out all the other rugs:)

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You got it done! They look great, Cathy! I love the amazing texture of a sisal. You can see the texture on these from afar and the graphic shape is perfect in that space.

Chateau À Gogo said...

It looks great. I love seeing everyone's room reveals and finding new blogs to follow - Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

wow - what a nice graphic punch! Great job, Cathy!

www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

SHERRY HART said...

Boy....these small sisal rugs can really open up so many possibilities! So easy to personalize......great job!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

2 rugs and they both look great! I like the simple graphic you picked!

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