Monday, September 26, 2011

d.i.why not? fab pink geometric painted rug!


i'm really excited to share my latest diy project with you!  it started with the fab white chairs in the above photo... i have been dying for eames chairs like these for ages but wasn't willing or able to pay the premium price for them (that nasty intern budget always rears its ugly head...)... then i found this awesome place online called advanced interior designs that sells inexpensive chairs that look exactly like the official dwr reproductions i had been pining for! and the bonus was that they have a warehouse in la that i could just drive to and pick them up!  in my eyes there is no difference in quality in person... just price tag!  i promptly sold my wooden side chairs on craigslist (for more than what these cost me so it was a win win!) and got to redesigning my dining room....

so, a white chair, with white walls and white floors doesn't work... at least not for me...  if you've seen other stuff i have done in my blog you probably realize i'm not afraid of color or bold patterns... and i knew i needed a great bright color on the floor for these chairs to pop off of... so, i set out to paint a rug and make that happen... below is the step by step on how i created this awesome rug! and it all started with an inexpensive erslev rug from ikea... oh, and i have to say "watermelon smoothie" by glidden is my new favorite color! and how groovy does it look with views into my striped hallway and painted bedroom wall and then to my living room??? i love it!!!



materials needed:
  • 1 1/2 quarts of paint (i used watermelon smoothie in flat by glidden)  note: i thought a quart would be enough for the project but i ended up going back to home depot for another when i was 3/4 done and out of paint! you may want to start with a gallon to be cost efficient.
  • fabric medium (i mixed two and a half 118 ml bottles of liquitex brand into one quart of paint... i used a total of 5 bottles of fabric medium)
  • 1 paint roller (i used a 3" roller)
  • 1 roll of scotch brand green masking tape (this tape was AMAZING! when i complained to my sister and my parents about the gold paint i used for stripes on my hallway wall dripping they all said to me "you should have used the green tape instead of the blue"..  i never knew about the green tape... so this time i made sure to get the scotch green and it rocked! and it was way cheaper than the frog tape)
  • 1 flat woven rug (i used the white erslev rug from ikea in the 4'7" x 6'7" size)
  • x-acto knife
  • measuring tape
here's how i did it!

1- i was inspired by the nixon pattern used by jonathan adler and sketched it on a piece of paper

2 - i taped out a border within the rug that seemed straight (as we all know, 4 x 6 in a woven rug does not have straight right angles and i needed to start with as close to a straight border as i could)

3- after i taped the border i measured the inside space that i was going to work with and had my calculator handy... i knew i wanted the pattern to be big and bold but not too big and i thought i wanted 5 squares across the 4' side of the rug. so, my squares were roughly 8 1/2" (measured on the outside of the tape) each.

4. i then taped the design out using long pieces of tape to ensure all of my rectangles and center lines would be as symmetrical as possible.
5. i then used my x-acto to lightly cut the design out of the tape without damaging the rug so that it looked like this (this whole taping process took me the longest of any of the steps for this rug!)
6. i then pressed the tape down throughout the rug in order to be sure it was sticking to it really well
7. i mixed the fabric medium into the paint really well (this was key because i think that using this fabric medium is what caused my rug to turn out so well! so don't skimp on the fabric medium)
8. i rolled the paint onto the rug and was careful to cover every white spot that was showing.
9. after several hours of drying i peeled the tape off the rug.   i have to tell you i was sooo nervous at this point! i had no idea if that scotch green tape had done its job or not!!

10.  i did my little happy dance because that scotch green tape rocked my world! and there was very little bleeding and the overall effect was super fab!!!  and my friends that have checked it out can all attest to the fact that it is not hard and flakey. it actually feels pretty good! and i think the paint will help to protect the rug from stains from any dining mishaps!

*** if you are just now finding this post because of recent press you should also check out my lemon yellow starburst rug tutorial found here 


*** and you can also check out my latest extreme stripes black and white painted rug tutorial here!

so, to celebrate the success of that project this weekend, a friend and i went to see e.t. at the local hollywood forever cemetery. it was the last screening of the summer and it was a really fun night!a sold out crowd, a great picnic, fun photo op with us on bikes & e.t., &  drew barrymore introduced the film... i have to say, i see her around town a lot doing things like karaoke or seeing concerts (we seem to have similar interests) and i am always amazed at how laid back and cool she seems in real life.  i hadn't seen e.t. in ages and it really does hold up over time. i still cried my eyes out and loved it just as much as i did when i first saw it with my family in the early 80s. i'm gonna have to get copies of the dvd for my nieces and nephews this christmas.... along with some bags of reese's pieces...

for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter


until next time...


the almost 40 year old intern




61 comments:

  1. hey - it turned out GREAT! and I agree the color was the perfect choice to offset your hallway. way to go girl!

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  2. Ok I love this! And I admit that it may not be my exact style but I still LOVE this. And I am sooo excited that my Trading Spaces viewing from years ago came to good use bc I totally know what Eames chairs are...:) Oh and I am pinning this to my Pinterest page too cuz' again, I love this. Did I say that I loved this? I did? Oh ok.

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  3. thanks kari! i am glad that you love it as much as i do! it was my first time painting a rug and i am so glad it turned out well! & courtney i am glad you love it too! xoxo

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  4. You have totally inspired me for a new front hall rug! Awesome job!

    And I totally remember sitting on Mom's lap and bawling during E.T. I will totally have to watch it with D- he loves Goonies- I am sure E.T. will be next!

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  5. Wow! This is stunning, holly! Great job!

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  6. FABULOUS! Love that color... you rock sister!

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  7. WOW! This is amazing! So inspiring. I want to try. Genius idea to tape first and then X-acto out the pieces you don't want.

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  8. Great job! Thank you for sharing. I really want to try this at home. How big of a rug did you get? And, how long did it take you to use your x-acto knife to cut design on the painters tape?

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  9. Does your painted rug still stand soft? Or it's hard like paints?

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  10. Thank you so much for the really nice comments! The rug I used is 4'7"x6'7". It is super pliable and feels good to the touch. It is not cottony fluffy soft on the painted parts but it is not rough or flakey. It almost feels coated. I hope I described it well. I am thrilled with the results and think the fabric medium made all the difference. It is perfect for my dining room and easy to clean.

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  11. Such a great pattern and color you chose. I've gotta try this.

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  12. I saw this over on designsponge, and wanted to come over and leave a comment - this turned out SO awesome!! I "pinned" it and am definitely going to make one like this - thanks for the inspiration.

    P.S. - I also really loved your painted wallpaper - so cool!

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  13. monica- cutting the design out with the x-acto didn't take that long... it was taping it all down that took the longest (about an hour and a half)... thanks vanessa and kristen for the great comments! would love to see what you end up with! it really isn't that hard to do! xo

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  14. This is beautiful! Nice work.

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  15. in love!! i have been searching for a great rug, but you have given me the confidence to make one :)

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  16. I spotted this in a few places this week and had to find your blog! It's incredible! Very impressive!

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  17. Wow, I'm so inspired by this wonderful project. And the paint color is so yummy!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  18. So awesome! I need to do something like this - thanks for the inspiration :).

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  19. I didn't know that one can paint a carpet- this is a new idea for me!

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  20. Love your rug! Where do you get the fabric medium?

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  21. Love this!!! Great colors and pattern. I recently painted a rug. I didn't add fabric medium and I used a brush instead of a roller. It took forever! I'll try your approach next time!

    http://birdhousefamily.blogspot.com/2011/09/adventures-in-rug-painting.html

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  22. Couple weeks ago I bought 2 Erslev rugs at Ikea to do exactly this! For anyone curious, they are essentially large white rag rugs. I'd found a post on Apartment Therapy from a couple years ago where someone was planning to do exactly this with an Erslev - lots of suggestions, but no follow up on what worked, so I've been nervous about how to proceed. For me, this is divine blog timing. It looks great!

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  23. What I want to know, is anything/everything about that dining table! :-)

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  24. thanks for the great comments... steph - your rug is pretty cute too! and today i might- the dining table is vintage by heywood wakefield and commonly known as the wishbone table. glad to hear you love it as much as i do! xoxo

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  25. You're so genius! Love your whole blog! Especially your office makeover. I wish I could hire you to do mine

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  26. I love the color and pattern you used. It really looks like this carpet came straight from the store as is! I love how clean and crisp you managed to make your lines. Thanks for sharing this DIY!

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  27. Wow! What a great job, you should be so thrilled and pleased with it.

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  28. that looks fabulous!! I didn't know you could use fabric medium with latex paint, but it makes perfect sense - great idea!

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  29. love love love this - but with cats and two grandsons, i have to ask - how would you clean it? hopefully there is an easy way to do that!

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  30. wow, what an awesome idea! have you tried cleaning it yet? i have cats and dogs and need to be able to spot clean carpeting.

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  31. thanks bambi quon! i haven't cleaned it yet, only vacuumed and that was fine, and i don't have any pets so it as not as much of a big deal for me. i don't know how the paint will react to a cleaning detergent.

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  32. Did they sell out of the Erslev rugs? I can't get any link to them to work, and a search on Ikea's website finds nothing. If they no longer have it, any idea of a good substitute? (I got all excited that there was actually a good $40 rug out there and now...
    Thanks, Jan

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  33. :-) What a magician you are! I am busy checking out all the links here - i LOVE D-I-Y-not! Am really looking forward to coming here regularly.

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  34. thank you vidya!! and jan- as for the erslev rugs, i think you should call your local store to see if they have them in stock. i am not sure if you can order them online... i hope they didn't discontinue them because i have lots of other designs in mind :)

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  35. Love the pattern and colour, great job!!

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  36. Of course I used your rug as inspiration! I pinned it the first time I ever saw it. It is stunning! Thanks for stopping by today :)

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  37. Wonderful!!!! I love love this tutorial, I was about to paint a striped rug, but when I went to buy the white woven rug, they had discontinued them. I sadly returned the paint I had already bought for it. But I am definately going to try it again for sure, on a much smaller rug. I can't wait. I hope we can be friends :) Thank you.
    -Claudia

    http://www.delicicousspaces.blogspot.com

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  38. I loved this idea so much when I saw it on design sponge, it couldn't have come at a better time either! There was this white and yellow trellis patterned rug at I've been eyeing but at $250 I couldn't do it... So thanks to you I made my own! Lockerz.com/s/20490366 - have a look. The only thing that I noticed was that even though I used less than a quart of paint and 3 bottles of fabric medium, the painted parts are stiff. I ended up not loving the rug mainly because the texture looked more beach mat style, and I would have preferred a soft pile. Next time!

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    1. victoria- i'm sorry to hear you didn't love the results. did you use the same 100% cotton ikea erslev rug? i have done 3 of these painted rugs now and haven't experienced any of them feeling stiff and a few of my followers have also sent notes mentioning similar results to mine. i'm bummed to hear that yours were not as good... xo

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    2. Yeah - exactly the same rug - you can see from the picture - and I used more fabric medium than you did ratio-wise, so it's so strange. I used Behr latex paint. It's not awful, but it's definitely rougher than the white parts and feels almost scratchy. I wonder why mine came out so rough?

      It looks really nice though, but I decided that the weave of the ikea rug with those long rows of thread made it look too beach-mat like. The one I was emulating was this one: http://www.shadesoflight.com/ironwork-trellis-dhurrie-rug.html

      and this is my version: http://pinterest.com/pin/282249101616892356/

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    3. great design! you did a good job on the rug! i hope you find a great place to show it off because it is pretty cute! i have no idea why yours feels so rough. mine feels coated, almost like a screen print on a shirt. not scratchy and rough. just coated. i will say for the yellow painted rug i tried a different brand of fabric medium (by golden) because they were out of my liquitex and i did not like it. it required ironing to set it (which the liquitex did not)and didn't feel as good. it didn't feel bad, just not as good as my pink one. hmmm....

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  39. I used liquitex too, because I read your post about the GOlden one - despite the craft store trying to push it on me. Maybe I'm overly sensitive to the way it feels - it's not overly rough, it's just noticeable. I honestly don't know what to do with the rug now - I thought about selling it.. I think I might bite the bullet and buy the one I was emulating because I like the soft pile of it more than the mat-style weave of the Ikea one.
    Either way, thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. I love the rug! I would like to attempt one in the future.

    I would love to know where you found your chairs around your table! I am looking for something similar to them.

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    1. Thanks! The chairs are from Advanced Interior Designs and were really inexpensive since they are not official reproductions! You should go to their website and and check them out!

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  41. Will a heat-set (iron set) fabric medium be significantly different? I don't want it to affect the softness of the rug. And is there a simpler way to figure out the ratio of the fabric medium to the paint? I am using different colors, not just one. Another blog suggested one to one ratio...

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    1. I tried the heat/iron set fabric medium for my yellow starburst rug and I didn't love the results as much. I preferred the liquitex to it. The fabric mediums recommend a 1-1 ratio on their bottle but I used less than 1-1 and I liked the results. Good luck on your project! would love to see your design!

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  42. Hey Almost~

    Love your creativity~

    I've a question. Do you think your rug painting technique would work on an old dhurrie (wool) rug? It has a cream background w/pale blue, pink, and tan floral print (from the eighties)? I put them (I have two of them) away years ago when I tired of the pattern, color, etc. and have always thought perhaps I could paint them or somehow recycle them into another life.

    My thought would be to first paint the rug an overall new background color, and then proceed to a pattern...if that is possible. Your thoughts?

    They are flat, bascially no nap. If they can be painted would you use the same products you used on the IKEA rugs that you purchased?

    From:
    The Fast Approaching 62 year old Gal, gearing into the next phase of life~~

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    1. Hello! Hmmm... if your rug has a light background color, I think you will have more success (sounds like it does). Also, it is good that your rug is flat woven, which in my opinion is a must for this type of project. Depending on what sort of design and colors you have in mind, it might be really cool and modern to skip painting a background color and just tape and paint your new design over the old rug design. A great modern bright pop of color in a cool design placed over something more traditional and muted could actually be pretty wonderful. Like a bright yellow, lime green, or super hot pink... Just an idea. Obviously, I haven't seen your current rug designs. I think you can probably paint the rug with a new background color HOWEVER I think you need to be sure to use the fabric medium so that the paint really flows over the carpet fibers and wait a while to tape out your design. And your background color should be lighter than what you place on top of it. And you should wait days (perhaps a week) to be sure the background color is super dry. Also, I would probably test this idea on a small piece of something first to be sure that the tape does not remove the background paint that you put on the rug first. Note that covering the entire rug in that much paint (even with fabric medium) will likely change the feel and texture to something more coated and less fabric like. I hope I helped and didn't confuse your plans! Thanks so much for writing and please let me know how it turns out!
      xo

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    2. Thanks for the reply and helpful suggestions.

      One of the rugs is smaller than the other, so I would probably experiment w/that one first. I am downsizing and in the process of looking for a smaller home, so my rug project will have to wait until I find out exactly what sort of place I'll be moving into and what look will be needed.

      I think your concerns are valid about simply painting on the new pattern and skipping the overall background color. My biggest concern was the one you voiced about perhaps the first color coming off when you go to pull up the tape for the pattern.

      I look forward to attempting this project in the not too distant future and I'll try to remember to document it along the way....and let you know if it was a success.... or ...a not so successful attempt.

      From: The Fast Approaching 62 year old Gal, gearing into the next phase of life

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  43. This is wonderful...I'm so impressed and have to try this. And thank you for the source of your chairs....I have to have them. I also love the table...would you mind telling me where you found that?? It has such clean lines and such an elegant look.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! The table is a Rose Bowl Flea Market find - it is vintage from the mid century by a company called Heywood Wakefield and called the Wishbone table. Look for it on ebay and etsy! Thanks for writing! xo

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  44. How kind of you to give me all of this wonderful information! I've signed up to receive your emails...just love your blog. I know I'll get lots of great ideas from it. Wish I had found you sooner.
    Thank you. Cathy

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  45. I've looked at a few of your rugs and would really like to try this idea! I saw the rug I love at IKEA for $200 - but am hoping I can paint the design much more affordably! In 2013 the Erslev doesn't exist anymore... Is there any other rug you'd recommend under a tight budget to try this out?

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    1. Hi Chantell- That is a bummer that Ikea no longer carries the rug! You should check with them to see if there are any other 100% cotton flat woven rugs they offer. I don't know of anyone else that carries a rug as affordable and perfect for this project as the Erslev was.
      Thanks for reading!

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  46. hi. i was trying to look for the green tape. do you know if they still market that or did they relabel it and make it blue too? didn't see it at my orchards or homedepot. thanks!

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