Monday, April 18, 2011

Rugs are Expensive!

So Andrew and I are in the process of painting all our new spaces... one of the first areas we had to tackel was our kitchen... when we bought the house the kitchen was this mauve-y purple color called Poker Face by Behr...

So in the process of choosing our new color I ended up with 4 different sample bottles of paint... and they're all mostly full... seems a little bit wasteful!

And... our beautiful tile floors were seeming a bit bare.... so I decided to search for a green rug... and I found this beauty...

The rug is by Anthropologie  ... It's 4' by 6' and costs a whopping $298!!!
So it is too big and way to expensive... and then I saw some pretty cool tutorials on Tatortots & Jello and House of Smiths on painting and Ikea rug...

Since I already had a bunch of sample paint I only had to pick up a few more cans and the rug...

This is the Egeby Rug from Ikea - $25.00

Each sample can of paint cost $2.94.... and I got:
Cyan - Behr
Blades of Grass - Disney
Bonsai - Martha
Gone Bananas - Valspar

In addition to the ones I already own:
Ryegrass - Behr
Oolong Tea - Martha
Retro Avacado - Behr

After taping off the edges I layed the rug down on some plastic in the garage and got to painting...

The first layer did not go well... I wasn't sure quite how to get the stripe effect... so I started by just pouring the paint on to the rug in lines and blending the paint from the 1/2" poured paint to about a 2" stripe...I wasn't really worried about overlapping the stripes or too much blending... it really in not about perfection... 

Anyways, the first layer just got soaked up by the rug and was realllllllly washed out.

Oh... and then, when I went to paint the second layer there was water leaking from the ceiling... yikes! A few hours later and a huge hole in my garage ceiling... we figured out that the water line to the fridge had a hole in it and has been filling the space above my car with water and finally burst...

So Yay! We get to replace the insulation and dry wall.... but at least {after the 2nd coat} we ended up with this beauty:

 It is not an exact match {smaller and has a border}... but I think it is a pretty close match...

And it is a fun touch of color for our kitchen... either in front of the sink


Or by the sliding glass door...

It still needs the sanding step... the rug is pretty stiff... once it dries a bit more I will sand it to soften it up...



  1. I think your rug looks amazing! Great job.

    Thanks for entering the Knock It Off contest and good luck!

  2. Wow, I like your rug 1000xs better then the Anthropologie rug and a much better price too! Great job. I saw that tutorial on Tatertots and wondered if you were to add Fabric Medium if the paint would not be so stiff. I would love to try this project as well.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I do hope you will be back next week and share your latest homemade project!!

  3. um AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME and I love when you can save a little moolah.

    new follower,

  4. This is beautiful! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday! :)

  5. I love rugs

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  6. Ummm, gorgeous! I love the watercolor look, it's my favorite painted rug I've seen yet. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  7. What a beautiful rug! It turned out great! Love the idea - thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Excellent job, love it!! Sue

  9. Love your rug...I will attempt to recreate this soon with different colors. Nice project for beginning of a new year.

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