Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY: Painted Outdoor Rug

I have had a couple of brown, boring runners for a few years now.
 They have never been my favorite but when we bought them, we lived in a home with cold, tile floors and really needed them and they were a good deal, so we have been using them in every house along the way.
They have ended up in the laundry room, in the hall and everywhere else.  I decided to take one of them and paint it to something I liked a little better.
Turns out, I created myself a pretty good lookin' outdoor rug and I'd love to show you how you can take an  indoor rug and create an outdoor one out of it!

Here's what I started with:

Step 1: Tape off your rug.
I took the rug outside, laid it on a tarp and taped off even sections with masking tape for my stripes.
Using a T ruler really helped me to get the lines straight. 

Step 2: Choose your spray paint.  
I picked up 2 colors of spray in Krylon's Catalina Mist, an aqua color (surprise! surprise!) and the other in a warm brown.  I also used this handy spray paint gun attachment...a MUST have for spray paint lovers.
  Believe me, it will make your life THAT much easier and it's only a few bucks!

Step 3:  Spray paint your heart out.
 I will admit that this rug soaked up lots of paint.  It took about 4 coats per each stripe to get it covered good.
 I also had to be careful not to get the brown paint on the blue paint and visa versa.  I got a little creative and used a couple pieces of poster board to protect the alternate guys are smart so I am sure you can figure out your own solution for keeping the stripe colors separate...there are many solutions!  Usually just ends up being what you have handy...cardboard, old rags, etc.

Here is the after!

Originally I had thought I would put it inside but Seth complained that it wasn't "soft" anymore, so I moved it outside and it works like a charm!  I don't know why I didn't think to do this sooner.  It complete's our outdoor living room set up...just need this weather to stay warm so I can put some purty flowers out!

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Kimberly Bonham said...

This looks awesome! Such a great idea!

Tasha Lehman said...

Very cute and wow, so easy!

Amanda said...

Hey! So after you visited my blog (thanks by the way:)) I came to yours too and oh my I am also very sad we didn't get to meet while you were at Ft Benning. We have so much in common it is ridiculous haha! I'm not as crafty though :) So glad to "meet" you as well, and thank you for the info on Golden Acres. We are going to visit there and I would love to meet your friends. I will message you before we go. We tried out Cascade Hills and Bethany but never really felt at home. My husband is probably being medically retired, but of course we don't know when. Anyway I am glad we got to link up on here! I'll be following your blog and hopefully we can stay in touch!

Aubrey said...

cute cute rug! Way to use spray paint! :) I love turquoise!

Amy's Avenue Blog! said...

Aww just wanted to say hi from Kellys Korner. We are also a military family. I love reading fellow military blogs and cant wait to catch up on yours!!!

Take care- Amy!
(my link up post:

Brandie said...

Great idea! I will definitely look into one of those attachments:)!