Thursday, April 5, 2012

d.i.why not? black & white extreme stripes painted rug




first of all i want to send a great big THANK YOU to my friend danell who has a graphic design company called design of today.  i know her from my past professional life and she is the one responsible for creating the super cute illustration and header at the top of my blog.  i was so excited when she offered to create something and i have to say she really brought my vision to life!  it is exactly what i wanted (simple and girly!) and i just love it!

my latest obsession has been bold black and white graphic patterns.  my other latest obsession is hot pink.  so excited to celebrate both in this post! how super fab does my newly reupholstered fuchsia vintage chair look sitting on my even more fab black and white painted rug???
 as many of you know i have painted a few graphic rugs over the past year.  this time i decided to really challenge myself with the design.   and i have to say that i am so glad i did it!  the longest part of creating all of these painted rugs is during the taping/ measuring process.  be warned that this taping job takes quite a while (several hours) and much more tape (4 rolls!) than my others.  i spent most of my taping time watching episodes of downton abbey (my guilty pleasure show!) got me through this project!  and i am really glad i stuck with it because i think it looks pretty cool!

materials needed:

  • 2 quarts of paint (i used a flat black interior latex paint from behr)  but 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)
  • small bucket (great for mixing the paint and the fabric medium without making a mess)
  • 1 paint roller (i used a 3" roller)
  • 4 rolls of scotch brand green masking tape.  this is the very same tape used for my past rug diys and i swear by it! the blue tape will turn your diy into a disaster! you need heavy sticking power here!
  • 1 flat woven rug (i used the white erslev rug from ikea in the 5'11"x 8'2" size)
  • x-acto knife
  • square picture frame from the 99 cent only store measuring approximately 10" on each side
  • measuring tape
here's how i did it!

1 - i covered the entire rug in horizontal strips of tape, and lined them up closely next to each other.  yes that is a lot of tape but in my opinion the best way to make sure everything lines up. 
 2- i then used a square picture frame purchased from the 99 cent store as my guide for tracing square diamonds with the corners touching each other.  i started with the first square centered in the rug

3. i then used my x-acto to cut along the lines, using a straight edge to cut against

4. i carefully planned which of my square diamonds would stay horizontal striped and which would become vertical.  for the vertical striped ones i completely removed the tape from within that square.

5. for the ones that were staying horizontal i removed every other strip of tape and then on the square next to it i removed the opposite rows of tape.  sound confusing? look at the photo for better understanding
6.  i then laid out the vertical rows of tape so that the beginning and end of each piece met a horizontal row without tape (again, look at the photo for understanding). know that nothing will be perfectly perfect as you are doing this on an uneven cotton rug but the flaws will still be cool when done!
7.  using my handy x-acto and straight edge i cut the ends of the vertical stripes so they fit within the square
8.  once finished with the taping i mixed my fabric medium with paint and got started to painting!

9. carefully peel tape off and then ooh and ahh at your amazing creation & dance for joy!

i also think my groovy mod bubble pendant light would look pretty fab with this rug and chair...

so, originally i tried to use a new fabric upholstery spray paint for this project. it was not a good idea. it took too many cans of paint (14 to be exact - each coat took almost 3 cans to cover the rug) to get the white rug to turn black.  Plus, it was super sticky for weeks after i finished with all of the coats... and to top it all off, the worst part of all was when i removed my green masking tape i saw that the paint had bled through the inside weave of the rug into the parts where i did not want it because it was so watery compared to latex paint.  sadly you can't remove the upholstery spray paint because it is permanent.  this never happened on any of my past rug projects using my latex paint fabric medium concoction.  such a bummer and a big waste of time and money.

i decided to start the project over entirely with my tried and true method for painting a rug with good results!!  YAY! maybe it works fine for other stuff but sadly the upholstery spray paint is just not meant for white to black painted rug projects.   i did learn a great lesson though... not a good idea to try a big project with a new product before testing it on something much smaller first... live and learn...

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until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern


41 comments:

  1. My head is spinning. What an amazing job!!!

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  2. That rug looks SO GREAT. very David Hicks!

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  3. Hi Holly.

    The rug is cool, but I want to marry that fuchsia chair!

    I finally just got through your whole blog starting with January 2011. I've found that I have a few things in common with you, so before long I'll try to send you a FB message.

    BTW, have you considered selling your Motel Monday prints? I might be interested in a couple of them, and it would be a way for Miss Intern to make some rug/lighting/jewelry dollahs! :)

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    1. thanks for the great compliments, cindy! i am flattered that you like my photos enough to want to buy them! i am sure we can work something out! xo

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  4. this rug is gorgeous! awesome job!

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  5. Looks great! A question: Can this paint be used on a synthetic fiber rug? It has a leather boarder. It is a big, good quality custom rug, I just hate the color. I would appreciate your advice! Thank you, Cristina at cristinawheeler@americanlambskin.com

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    1. i honestly don't know. i have only painted 100% cotton rugs before. Perhaps you can give it a shot in just a small test area? good luck! xo

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  6. I just did one myself but using spray paint..next time I will use latex paint.. Wondering- can you wash this rug after or do you know of a protective cover you can apply after to make it easy to clean?

    Thanks!

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    1. if you use the latex paint MIXED with the fabric medium you should be ok. i have never had to wash one of my painted rugs before (no pets or kids in my home) and just keep it clean with weekly vacuuming. ideally the fabric medium also allows it to be washable (per the label) but i can't say for sure with any first hand experience.

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    1. thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment! xo

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  8. Great rug, but OMG that chair! Where's it from??

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    1. i bought the chair a a local vintage store and had it reupholstered in hot pink. so i guess you can say it is one of a kind...

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  9. holy wow! i can't even tell you how fabulous i think this rug is. amazing!

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  10. Incredible rug! Has anyone tried to do this with low VOC or no VOC paint instead of latex?
    Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!

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    1. thanks! latex paint is available low voc i believe so as long as you use the fabric medium you should be ok.

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  11. This is great! I love the bold pattern.

    How does the rug feel with bare feet?

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    1. it feels great! i just feels like it has been coated (almost like a screen print) and is not rough or hard and flakey. the fabric medium makes all the difference.

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  12. Wow, you are truly amazing! I hope you don't mind, I shared your rugs over at my blog, with the proper link to yours... REALLY love them!

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    1. rocio- thanks for sharing! the best compliment! you made my day! xo

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  13. Hi! Amazing!
    Is this the tape http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebserver?mwsId=SSSSSu7zK1fslxtUOxtx4Y_eev7qe17zHvTSevTSeSSSSSS--
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    1. F. - here is a link to the exact tape I used http://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotch-Masking-Surfaces-60-Yard/dp/B00004Z4AY/ref=pd_bxgy_hi_img_b

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  14. This turned out beautifully. It must have taken hours! Do you think it would work using contact paper instead of the tape?

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    1. hmmm... I don't know about contact paper unless you make sure the adhesive is really strong. Are you thinking of creating a cool stencil with contact paper? If so, neat idea! Would love to hear how it turns out! xo

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  15. I happen to know Danell, too! She lives one street behind me. I love your blog and the rug is to die for!

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  16. I love what you've done with the blank-canvas rug! I've been following you for quite a while now and your daring segue is definitely warranted! You are one talented lady!

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  17. Absolutely stunning! It turned out so good, I was wondering if you're interested in guest posting at my blog Stardust? I'm hosting a guest blogger every Friday, so shoot me an email. My readers would love this project!
    Love, Olga

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    1. Thanks Olga! You are welcome to share a couple of photos of this diy and link back to my blog! As for a guest post would love to hear what you have in mind. xo

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  18. Love all your painted rugs!

    I was wondering, should you only do one coat?

    Would a second coat be too much?

    Or do you want to get the tape off as soon as the paint dries?

    Thanks for the great write up on how to do painted rugs. :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment!! So, I only do one coat. However, I really go over each and every spot with the paint roller to be sure that it is completely covered. Hope that helps! xo

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