Painted Striped Rug

Hi friends!  Happy Monday. Hope you all had a great weekend.  We got a few things accomplished around the house, but not much.  It’s nice to just relax every once and awhile:)  Remember a few weeks ago when we went to Ikea and bought our new dining room light?  Well, we also picked up a new rug to put under our kitchen table {after all the switcheroos}.  I painted it the next day to give it some personality and love how it turned out.

We bought this Erslev rug for $40.00 because of the natural look and price, of course.  However, it was a little bland, so I decided to add some paint to it after seeing this great tutorial from Shelley at House of Smiths on Pinterest.  Here are the supplies I started with:

  • rug
  • high density foam roller
  • sample can of paint {I used Tempered Gray by Valspar}
  • fabric medium {I used Martha Stewart brand}
  • paint tray
  • painter’s tape

I started by taping off my lines.  My rug is 77″ so I decided to make 11″ stripes to make them nice and even, but you could obviously do thinner or thicker stripes, depending on the look you want.

I mixed my paint and fabric medium with a 2:1 ratio.  Shelley didn’t mention using a fabric medium, but I had some on hand and it will help soften the paint and help it stick to the fabric better and prevent fading.  Then I simply rolled it on {side note: I ran out of painter’s tape, so the white tape you see is actually medical tape.  It was all we had on hand, but it worked like a charm.  It is meant to stick to gauze after all:)}.

I used a yard stick to evenly space my tape lines.

Since my stripes were so thick, I only needed to paint three of them and I was done.  The whole project only took about half an hour.


And here it is with our new bench seat and cushion.

It looks like it came with the stripes and goes so well with the gray linen bench cushion.  The paint sample cost around $3 and I spent $2 for the roller.  I had the fabric medium on hand, so the total for the rug and supplies was about $45.  Great price for a large area rug!




I’ll be linking this up with Young House Love, Bower Power, Hi Sugarplum, and The Great Indoors for their Pinterest challenge on Wednesday!

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  1. Maggie Blettner says:

    That’s awesome. I’ve been looking for a rug for our bathroom but can’t find any that I like…didn’t know you could paint one! Totally going to do it.

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial!
    I have a rug in my living room that needs a little “sprucing up”. Maybe mine will look half as good as your’s.
    I found you on Home Stories A to Z.

  3. Great looking project! Love your end result! Thanks for sharing over at the A2Z link-up!

    xo Lynda

  4. I love it! It looks awesome!

  5. It looks great! I have a rug similar to this that could use a little paint! Following from YHL.

  6. Looks great! Love the gray!

    I did one of these myself months ago and I still love it!

  7. I’m always afraid to paint fabric but your rug turned out great! Love the color choice!

  8. I love how this turned out. The grey and white stripes look perfect!

  9. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty friday link party and would LOVE for you to share this! We have also included a Sugarlicious giveaway!

  10. This is fantastic!! I would LOVE to have you share this at my link party and maybe if you like what you see become a follower!

  11. I definitely need to finally make a painted rug for my living room. I’ve pinned a ton of different patterns but just haven’t gotten around to doing it. Next Pinterest Challenge, maybe? ;-)

    Thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!


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