Monday, November 14, 2011

chevron rug diy

as i told you this summer, i was inspired by a jonathan adler rug during my trip to Boston. but for over a thousand bucks, it wasn't at all in the budget for the guest room. of course, this $69 option from urban outfitters would've been a decent option, oh well. i like the stripe scale of the adler one, but the price tag of the UO one. what's a gal to do??
[jonathan adler inspiration]

[urban outfitters inspiration]
i picked up an Erslev cotton rug at Ikea for about $40. i let the rug relax for a few weeks since it had a lot of kinks in it from being rolled up. this wasn't cricket's first time painting a rug, so that was all him. once it was relaxed, i vacuumed and began taping off the pattern.


we measured the rug and created a template from a scrap of cardboard. i used the template to mark off the stripes, then taped the lines. i used the green frog tape based on some suggestions of other bloggers--thanks all!


determining the color was the hardest part. i finally settled on Ocean Blue acrylic from Anita's. i mixed with textile medium, according to the directions, to allow the acrylic to permanently adhere to fabric. it took about 10 tubes of paint, and 5 tubes of textile medium. since hobby lobby only seemed to carry 4 tubes at a time, this project took longer than it should have.


i used a foam brush, which probably wasn't the best. towards the end, i switched to a regular bristle brush and it allowed me to get into the crevices much easier.


stay tuned for the reveal of the guest room to see how she looks in her new home. of course, after Mabel (my sister's black lab mix) visits, this will likely look entirely different. good thing we have the dyson!


by request, i've provided the dimensions of my template. i had to fudge a little where the points meet in the rug's center, but as long as you make sure the centerpoints all are aligned, you'll be in good shape! i'd love to see your works of art, so please share the results!!


35 comments:

  1. It turned out awesome!! I love it.

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  2. love it. i did this on a straw rug and i just used outdoor friendly spray paint...thinking it would hold up a bit better. it worked great. granted the rug doesn't get a lot of traffic, but i kind of like the worn look as well.
    great project!

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  3. thanks all!
    summer - when i was painting one of the multiple coats, i considered letting it stay as-is for the worn look. but i figured it would wear over time for a gently loved look. i'm thrilled this room is finally coming together.

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  4. How does a painted rug feel under your bare feet? Great job, love chevrons!

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  5. Nancy, it's not the softest thing in the world, but it's not terribly "crunchy" either. I don't know that a baby would enjoy crawling around on it, but it's fine to walk on. I think the textile medium helped soften up the paint to some degree. I also expect it to soften over time as it wears.

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  6. I LOVE the rug, I sure wish we had an IKEA close by. I'm your newest follower! Found you at Knock Off Decor.

    Katherine
    harpsandollie.blogspot.com

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  7. welcome Katherine - thanks for the follow! i didn't even know the rug had been featured--what a surprise!!!

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  8. AwEsOmE!
    I, too, wish I was closer to IKEA. Thanks for another reason I have to make a trip there! :)

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  9. Julia - don't make a special trip for this rug...I'm not 100% sure they sell it anymore. (which is a bummer - it's a perfect blank canvas.) I couldn't find it online, but they could still have it in stores. No doubt you'll find plenty of other fun things though!

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  10. Great rug! It turned out FANTASTIC!
    What are your dimensions of your template? I am dying to do this! You're such an inspiration!
    Kelly.

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  11. I'm loving this idea so much that I want to refer my followers to your post in DIY guide in my blog for those who want the champagne taste on a beer budget! Thank you for making this so easy!
    www.the-champagne-taste.com
    Mrs.O

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  12. MrsO - send 'em along. lots of champagne taste to go around!! thanks for the referrals!

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  13. Can you toss this guy in the washer?? If so... perfection!

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  14. I love the rug, it now gives it your own personal touch. They say the trend for 2012 is designing your own area rug. There is a tool on the market that can help you with your project if you design your own area run. It's called the U-Stripe It & Design Tool. They too do a rug using this tool. You can change your stripe size in seconds. It's pretty cool, check it out @ www.ustripeit.com There is also a how to video showing how to do a chevron rug. Great job, your rug looks awesome.

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  15. I bought the one from Urban Outfitters and found that if you tried to spot treat it the color faded immediately, I since returned it and i will now be attempting to make my on on some heavy canvas. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  16. What is the size of the rug you bought from ikea? I got the bigger of the two. Also, what is the size of the acrylic paint and textile medium? They both have two different sizes. I would like to have this information so I know how much paint and medium to order online, so I don't over/under order. Thanks!! Can't wait to do this!!

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  17. I think this is the 5x7 (or closest Ikea size) rug. I used the small bottles of acrylic AND fabric medium. My color of paint only came in the smaller size bottle, so it was easiest to mix the correct ratio by using same-size bottles. If it were me doing it again, I'd order the about 3-4 larger bottles of each and mix 1:1.

    Sweet Jane - I haven't washed it yet, but we've run the vacuum over it repeatedly without any issues.

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  18. How much do you think making the rug cost all in all? I love this idea!

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  19. The rug was about $40, and I probably spent another $20 on paint.

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  20. Do you have any interest in making one to sell? I have been on the hunt for navy/white and I can't seem to find one. I live in Atlanta. Thanks!!
    Courtney

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    1. Hi! I'm flattered by the request, but I'm not sure I have the bandwidth over the next few months to paint another one. If you'll send me your contact info & when you're hoping to have the finished product, I can see if it'd be feasible. Thanks again!

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    2. Hi! My email is courtney@graysonjamesinc.com. I would need it by end of August. Thanks!

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    3. Hi Courtney, I know it's definitely not something I could squeeze into the summer. Best of luck finding one!

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  21. Great color!
    I made one too and wouldn't you know right after I finished Urban Outfitters started selling them. Three sizes, the largest under $50! Oh well, it was a fun project!

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  22. What is the name of the color of paint you used? It's the perfect color of teal!

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  23. Peanut - I know! At least we were able to create our own scale & customize the colors, right? And there's that satisfaction of completion you just can't buy in a store!

    Anon - I think I mixed two shades, but I'll look and see what I have. I want to say it was majority Caribbean something from Hobby Lobby?

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  24. Saw this on Pinterest! It looks great! Definitely going to try this!

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  25. hi there, was wondering what the dimensions of your rug were?

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  26. Absolutely stellar! Love your rug. It's perfect!

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  27. How come the white portion on the photo showing where it's taped is much narrower than the blue, but on the finished product the white and blue zig zags are the same width?

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  28. Anon- the taped width appears smaller because you have to take into account the width of the tape. Once removed, the part of the rug that was beneath the tape remains white.

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  29. This looks great! I have a similar rug and have been wanting to do something with it for ages! I just had no idea what. Pinning :D

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