Wednesday, November 16, 2011

d.i.why not? groovy modern lemon yellow geometric starburst rug


so, today's the day! my big reveal! know what that is above? yep, you guessed it, another fab rug diy! as you may imagine, a lot of my friends loved my pink geometric rug so much that they asked me to create one just for them....

one friend in particular had recently asked for my help applying a really cool temporary wallpaper by tempaper to her office walls.  she works in corporate america and as with most offices, the walls were pretty boring and nondescript...  really, the WHOLE office was boring and nondescript.  and she is so NOT that.  so, she picked out this really cool grey and white wallpaper (below) as step one in bringing her personality into her office...

and once I helped apply it to her walls (it was fairly easy to do once you got the hang of it!), we decided that she needed a big pop of color to offset it along with the reds she had already chosen for some of her accessories.  that's how we came to the idea for a yellow- lemon tart by behr to be exact (don't you just love the name????) - patterned rug... starting with a plain white ikea erslev rug.  i don't know about you all but i have been obsessed with the grey and yellow color combo for a while now... for fashion and home! and i am so glad i had the perfect project to highlight how fab they look together!


materials needed:
  • 1 1/2 quarts of paint (i used lemon tart in flat by behr)  note: when you go to the paint store it may be less expensive to buy a gallon rather than 2 quarts.
  • fabric medium (i mixed two 118 ml bottles into one quart of paint... i used a total of 5 bottles of fabric medium).  note: this time i used golden fabric medium because they were out of the liquitex but i didn't like it as much as the liquitex i used for my last rug diy so i am linking to the old one here....
  • 1 paint roller (i used a 3" roller)
  • 1 roll of scotch brand green masking tape (this tape will rock your world and is key in making the project a success! it sticks way better than the blue. i bought mine at home depot for around 3 bucks a roll)
  • 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
  • calculator (there's some math involved)
here's how i did it:

1- i was inspired by a pattern created by madeline weinrib (i LOVE all of her designs!) 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 to figure out the equal distance between the lines...

4. i then taped the straight horizontal and vertical lines of the design out first using long pieces of tape to ensure all of my rectangles and center lines would be as symmetrical as possible.
5. i then taped the long diagonal lines of the design traveling from both the left and the right sides
6. i then used my x-acto to lightly cut the design out of the tape without damaging the rug and then i also added the extra shorter triangles to the design so that it looked like this (as with the pink geometric rug, the process of taping out the design took the longest!)


7. i then pressed the tape down throughout the rug in order to be sure it was sticking to it really well
8. i mixed the fabric medium into the paint really well (this part is key)
9. i rolled the paint onto the rug and was careful to cover every white spot that was showing.
10. after several hours of drying i peeled the tape off the rug. 
and here's how the new rug looks in what once was a boring corporate office (and no, this was not staged for the photo, as evidenced by the desk in the background.  it is a real working office)...

and i used some of the leftover paint for the frames holding quirky wall art...


as well as a lemon yellow sunburst...  you all know from past projects how much i love making sunbursts for wall art...


oh, and you may recognize the fab yellow printed pillow on the sofa.... i used extra fabric left over from my dwell for target tablecloth used in my own office makeover to make it. now it looks more like a fun living room than a bland office. note: all of the furniture in the below pic is standard corporate issue and came with her office with the exception of the lamps and ottoman (that also functions as a coffee table with the thick round glass top)... and she needs lots of seating for meetings!


so, 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 (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

43 comments:

  1. I love it! You are a rug-painting-superstar! The touches of yellow in the frames is a nice way to tie the room together.

    P.S. Today is my first blogiversary and I'm hosting my first-ever giveaway (and it is handmade)!

    http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/blogiversary-giveaway.html

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  2. Holy effing mother of diy rugs. This is the best one I've ever seen. You floor me. (haha floor...rug...haha). Seriously, though, you are too much.

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  3. awesome!! i would love to see what you could do with my boring office cubicle! ha!

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  4. That looks amazing. I'm trying out a similar project today. I think I'm going to skip the fabric medium since I'm painting curtains and not something I'll snuggle up with. Hope it works!

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  5. Great project! I think we should start our own design service doing painting projects - you will take the South and I will take the North (California) that is. We can call it Still29 Productions (b/c I think we can still pass for 29) :)

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial! I did one this week & am super pleased! Great instructions !

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  7. Love the starburst and Question Mark Pillow! I always want to make ? jewelry, but I forget about it ; )

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  8. Hi could you tell me exactly what kind of paint did you use? Is it acrylic, water diluted? What is it normally used for? To paint wood, metal, walls? I am asking this because I have to adjust this to the Greek hardware stores where sometimes some of the products you have are not available.

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  9. love your idea courtney!and qwendy question mark jewelry would be fab!

    helen- i used regular flat interior latex paint (for walls) and i mixed it with fabric medium (see the link in the post to the exact one i used). the fabric medium is what helps it to work with the rug fabric and flow well and it also helps the rug to not feel hard and flakey from using only the paint. fabric medium is sold in art supply stores in the US under different brands. Hope this helps! xo

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  10. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial! I am in love with the coffee table and was wondering how you attached the glass to the pouf?

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  11. the glass top is not attached to the pouf but just lays on it. it is heavy enough to be able to balance and works in the office environment just fine that way. thanks for the nice comment! xo

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  12. brilliant! you are my official "go-to rug chick" ... guess i'll have to follow you now!!

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  13. Suzanne (snasco at yahoo)January 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Hi INTERN! I love love love this post! So much that I ordered the tempaper in the same design but I am complementing it with yellow and PURPLE accents!
    I was just about to order the erslev rug from IKEA and it is no longer available!!! :(

    Any ideas/advice for another rug that would give the same results? Thanks!

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  14. hi suzanne! i had no idea ikea discontinued the rug! that is too bad. hopefully they will bring it back. in the meantime, i did some searching and rugsusa.com has a similar one but the price is a smidge higher (it is $71 on sale for 20% off so $57 instead of ikea's 39.99). hope that helps you a little! and fingers crossed ikea will bring it back! xo

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    1. Thanks do much for looking! But which rug on the rugsusa site were you referring to?

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    2. Suzanne! I just got a call from my local Burbank Ikea that they have restocked the Erslev rug! Not sure where you are based but you should call your local store and see if they have restocked! xo

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  15. Suzanne, I love your blog and especially this rug idea. I would love to do one of my own but must admit the taping process has me a little intimated seeing as I am not great with math and not very detailed-oriented. I was wondering if you thought using a large wall stencil, like the ones here: http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/ would work? Also, it would allow you to use patterns other than geometric ones. I would very much be interested in your thoughts!

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  16. hi carrie! glad you enjoy my blog! the thing about using a stencil versus tape is you would then have to be really careful with painting. the scotch green masking tape sticks so well that even if you paint over it you have less of a chance of the paint bleeding into the design. so, while you may save time and frustration by avoiding the taping/measuring process, you may find the painting process a little more difficult. if you do try a stencil instead i would love to see/hear about your results! good luck! xo holly

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  17. Holy moly, you are so talented! Your rugs look fabulous! I'd love to try one, it's going to the top of my diy list!

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    1. thanks pam! be sure to share your results! would love to see them! xo

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  18. I love the rug - it's inspired me to do my own! Also, I love the wood chair. Any idea on the source? I would love to find some to go with my mid-century modern dining table...

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    1. Hi Streams of Inspiration- Thanks for the nice words! Sadly, the wood chair was corporate issued so my friend and I have no idea what its origins are. But, not sure where you're based... Here in LA we have so many local flea markets where you can often pick up a groovy danish modern chair for little money. Good luck in your search!xo

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  19. I'm reeeally late to this post and I can't believe no one else has asked this question. I'm dying to know where that ottoman came from!! I love the whole room - the wallpaper, the rug, but that ottoman just kills me - lurrrve it!

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  20. You seem to be the panted-erslev expert, so I have a quick question before I tackle mine this weekend! I saw another blog using regular clear packing tape, and she said this would be better because it is high-adhesive, whereas painter's tape is generally low-adhesive. What do you think?
    I'm actually using fabric dye for mine, thickened with sodium alginate to a paint texture.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I agree that normal blue painters tape will never work for one of these painted rug projects. That is why I suggest using the GREEN heavy duty Scotch masking tape. http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotch-Masking-Surfaces-60-Yard/dp/B00004Z4AY/ref=pd_bxgy_hi_img_b If you live near a Home Depot you should check it out. I have never used clear packing tape but can say the green stuff really works as I have used it for all of my painted rug projects. Good luck! Please share an image of your finished project! xo

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  21. Hello! This is fantastic! I'm curious how it has held up... can you wipe off dirt or stains? (kids!)

    Well done!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for writing! I don't have kids or pets so all I do is vacuum mine. I do think if you have a darker color it is probably easier to mask dirt. I amsorry I can't give you first hand advice on what works. Xo

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  22. Hi! I love this! I was hoping that you could let us know which lines you cut in step 6. I want to do this rug for my home, and I've tried mocking it up on graph paper a few times and I just can't get it.. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks for writing! So, I know this is a smidge confusing... look at the bottom photo in step 5 and the photo in step 6. Do you see a diamond shape within both where the vertical and diagonal lines cross at each corner of the diamond almost like an asterisk? There is a vertical line of tape running right down the middle, cutting each diamond in half. That is where you need to cut that vertical piece of tape within each diamond about a quarter of its full length. Then you will add small stip of tape at an angle, coming from each of the right corners of the diamond to meet where your vertical piece of tape has just been cut. I added each of those extra angled lines of tape freehand and just eyeballed them. I hope this helps. Let me know if you are still confused! And let me know how your project turns out! xo

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  23. Hi there, these rugs are amazing!!! I have a quick question, would they be washable using this technique and if not do you know of something I could use that would mean I could wash them?
    Thank you! x Lynsey

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    1. Hi Lynsey! Sorry for the delay in replying! I don't know if you can wash them. Technically you should be able to when using fabric medium but I haven't tried it myself so I can't say if it will be a disaster washing or not. I am sorry! But thanks for taking the time to write! xo

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  24. Hello, I have been lookin at this rug for over a year!!! and although I am brave with the paint, I have one huge reservation... my math is not great, and my measuring skills, not top of the line either... any suggestions for the geometry impaired individual... possibly a simple pattern??

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    1. Hi! Sorry for the delay in replying! If you want to try an easier design you can try my pink geometric rug. Direction are here:http://www.almost40yearoldintern.com/2011/09/diwhy-not-fab-pink-geometric-painted.html
      As for this one, It really is as simple as taping out that first large rectangle around the rug to make it more of an even outside dimension that you are working with. And then start with taping all of the horizontal (there will be five) and then the vertical lines (there will be 5 additional ones of these in addition to the two outside border lines you will have already taped) first, dividing the number of lines by the amount of empty space you have to work with. After that, placing the diagonal tape lines should not be too difficult. I am sorry but I didn't keep the measurements as I did it. I think if you start with those vertical and horizontal tape lines first it will all flow easily from there! Let me know how it goes! Would love to see your finished piece! Thanks for writing! xo

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  25. I just bought my Erslev rug from Ikea and I'm excited to get started! What are the dimensions of the rectangles you taped on the rug? The taping is the part that has me nervous so I want to get as close as possible!
    Thanks! Suzie

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    1. Hi! Sorry for the delay in replying! I am sorry that I didn't keep those rectangle dimensions but if you start by taping out that first large rectangle around the rug to make it more of an even outside dimension that you are working with and then move on to taping all of the horizontal lines (there will be 5 additional ones equally spaced from each other within the two outside border lines you will have already taped - so 7 vertical tape lines total) and then the vertical lines (again, there will be 5 additional ones equally spaced from each other within the two outside border lines you will have already taped - so 7 vertical tape lines total) first, dividing the number of lines by the amount of empty space you have to work with. After that, placing the diagonal tape lines should not be too difficult. I am sorry but I didn't keep the measurements as I did it. I think if you start with those vertical and horizontal tape lines first it will all flow easily from there! Just keep consulting my photos for reference. Let me know how it goes! Would love to see your finished piece! Thanks for writing! xo

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  26. This is such an awesome idea, that rug is so pretty! I can't wait to make my own.

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  27. LOVE your tutorials on these gorgeous rugs! I am currently a budget minded college senior looking to decorate a drab apartment! Since I am on such a tight budget, I want to use a super cheap rug from a local store that comes in a color I hate....Can I paint the whole rug a base color first, then tape a design and paint a new contrasting color on top?? Or is that just way too much paint?
    Thanks!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Anna! The more you paint the rug, the more coated it feels. I would hesitate to paint the entire rug in one coat and then the pattern in another. Also, I am afraid that when you pull up the tape used to create the pattern, you will remove your first coat of paint. Does this make sense? Good luck!

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  28. Hi, I was wondering if you have any tips on how to do a pattern like this on a carpet like rug (I have one lying around and would like to use that instead of buying a new one). Let me know if you have any insight! I'm okay with a little bit of bleeding because I want the rug to be a little more boho anyways but I don't really know what it will turn out like.

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