Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Painted Utility Rug

So I've been needing a back door entrance rug ever since we moved in to our house 2 and a half years ago.  
Last year, I bought a cheap utility rug for the summer (which is when the back door is used the most) that got moved into our garage in the winter.  
So now that spring is upon us again, I needed a new rug.  Again.
I didn't want to spend much and I wanted it to be as sturdy as a utility rug.  The drawback.. utility rugs are UGLY.
So.. why not paint it right?


So we did!  And it was pretty easy.
Here's what we started with:


Isn't it classy?  Um, no.


I opted for spray paint.  I recommend using a flat/satin finish.  Gloss tends to have a sticky finish.
So I started with 2 coats of primer.  This was necessary because I wanted it a lighter color than the dark grey.
Then 2 coats of the blue.  One coat probably would've sufficed, but I figured I'd use up my paint and be sure the grey wouldn't show through.



Then, using painter's tape, we stenciled out the diamond shape across the rug.  Since I wanted the majority of it blue, we covered the large parts with tape and newspaper, leaving the lines to be painted.


We spaced out our lines 6 inches apart.  The lines were an inch thick.


Once we had our shapes, we cut the tape at the corners.




After 2 coats of red paint over the lines..


We had this.


Apparently, I wasn't very careful and had some seepage.  


But I easily fixed it by spraying a bit of the blue paint into a pool and using a brush to touch up the spots.



It worked great.
And that's all there was to it.


I love it!  


The colors are perfect and the pattern is better than I expected.
I was unsure if I wanted a chevron pattern.  But I am so happy with it.  


The verdict:  I would do it again.  It takes quite a bit of paint.  When the outcome is something you love.. like this, than it's SO worth it!



Thanks for stopping by!

post signature
I link up here!


Pin It

126 comments:

Deedra Hickman said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great! So much better than the plain gray.

Shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea, so clever!!

Shannon@SewSweetCottage

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome! I don't think I'd have the patience to do such an intricate design but it sure paid off. One question...do you have to seal it at all? The paint doesn't wear off onto your shoes?

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

You are rockin' it with spray paint lately! Seriously awesome!!!

--Katie

cheapcraftymama said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great! I think I need to do some rug painting too! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com (open now!).

Kammy's Korner said... Best Blogger Tips

super duper idea!! Shall I add this to my mile long "to do" list?! :)

Sugarr2518 said... Best Blogger Tips

Loving this rug! It's a great way to customize it and get exactly what you want:)

rainbowcreek said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like that. I need a rug and I see those cheap utility rugs all the time, but I never thought about turning them into something cute. I love the way your pattern turned out!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea!!! Need a new rug for the front, back, and garage door! Yikes...

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great!!!

The House at Bluebird Lane said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! Love how this turned out. :-) Found you through At Home With K. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative projects!
Sharla

Melody said... Best Blogger Tips

Great Job! Looks fantastic!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute & clever! What a great way to make a utility rug special, just love it. Happy Rednesday!

Hannah said... Best Blogger Tips

So cool!! Love it!!!

Abby said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks great! I've got a rug exactly like that I bought for my deck...need to give it a paint job ASAP

Shiloh said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! I have avoided those rugs purely for the ugly factor. Now I know how to fix it.:)
Shiloh
everydaygameplan.net

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow wow wow wow wow!!! We have the EXACT same rug in our doorway and it is terribly boring black. I absolutely LOVE what you did here and Im going to bookmark this because Im going to be sprucing up our foyer soon and I might just get up enough courage to try this. THank you!

Jenilyn said... Best Blogger Tips

This turned out great! Thanks for linking up at Grits & Giggles.

Shyanne @SHYbyDESIGN said... Best Blogger Tips

This would be great for my Utility Room that leads to the garage! Where did you get the rug?

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely LOVE this idea! What a great project for a mudroom. We all know how ugly those mats can be but you gave it a COMPLETE transformation! I'd love for you to link it up to my It's a Piece O' Cake Linky Party today @ Loving this {crazy} life!.

Teresa said... Best Blogger Tips

so clever! I actually bought an ugly utility rug for our back door at home depot yesterday!!! I'd love to transform it like you did, well done!

Taylor-Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

This is totally cute, love the colors. I would love if you shared it on my link party.

http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/show-off-monday-3-and-craft.html

Can't wait to see what you craft next.

~Taylor

The Remodeled Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! Such a great idea and great tutorial!!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I never would have thought of that. I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing it over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

Leslie said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute! I love the color combo!

Mandy Mo. said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. I haven't been able to find a kitchen rug that I liked, but now I know I could just paint one myself. Just pinned it!

Danielle Wagasky said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness lady I love this!! Love that you used spray paint! Thanks for linking up @ blissful and domestic

Www.blissfulanddomestic.com

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

This has got my wheels turning! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I never would have thought to paint a rug! It turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, WOW! That is so crazy awesome! I love your color combo and the pattern!! Wanna make me one? :) Wow, love love love! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! At first glance I thought you started with a blue rug...I am even more impressed that you even did that yourself!! Looks amazing!! I LOVE it!!!!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks better than something you would find in the store! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Pomp Party!

http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com/2012/04/pomp-party-15.html

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for linking up your project. Just to let you know, you’re on the Inspiration Board spotlight today. Feel free to grab a featured button. Have a wonderful weekend.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/04/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_27.html

Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for linking up your project. Just to let you know, you’re on the Inspiration Board spotlight today. Feel free to grab a featured button. Have a wonderful weekend.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/04/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_27.html

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up! I pinned your rug on the Pomp Party board!!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Tausha said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, love, love this! Great tutorial and I loved the tip that you shared with the brush for touch ups. I thought that I was queen of spray paint, but I gladly hand that title over to you. I have never thought of that. Great job and I hope that you don't mind if I mind if I use your rug as some inspiration for my newest creation! So pinning! Thanks for all of the eye candy! Have a happy weekend!
Tausha
sassystyleredesign.blogspot.com

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the rug and colors! i featured it on my TT&J FB page :)

xoxox
Jen

EclecticMamma said... Best Blogger Tips

You'll have to let us know how it wears! I spray painted an outdoor rug in December and it's faded quite a bit

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! This is incredible!! I love the colors. Your photos are always so pretty too. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Linda @ it all started with paint said... Best Blogger Tips

What a clever idea! I'm gonna have to pin this on my "clever ideas" pinterest board. See how clever I am to create a "clever ideas" board just for this purpose ...

:)

Linda

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea. I, too, am looking for a rug for a high traffic area and am not finding anything I like. I might have to consider this technique!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my party...it JUST opened!!!

http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2012/04/overflowing-with-creativity-19.html

XO, Aimee

Kammy's Korner said... Best Blogger Tips

totally awesome idea! I have 2 of those rugs in the "before" state!!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up!

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

FBing this project!

Thanks for linking it,
--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Bonnie @ Uncommon said... Best Blogger Tips

You are soooo smart! Been looking for a rug for the back hall, now I can customize one!! :) Thank you for the great tutorial !!

Bonnie @ uncommon

www.uncommondesignsonline.com

Rose Jesky said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this. you did a great job! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Sunday Round Up Link Party.
See you next week,
Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colors you chose for this project! I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.
http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/04/unveil-your-genius-link-party-8.html

Happy Sunday!

Heather Kaluf said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love how your rug turned out. Pinning this!
Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.
xoxo
Heather

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! I had no idea you could paint that. I have to try it now. Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party!

Lamb @ LambAround: Life with my Sexy Nerd said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for linking up to my Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! I shared your nifty post on Pinterest :)

lauren@warmandfuzzy said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this and love the colors...seems like I should be able to do this...maybe...thanks for the idea :)

Leanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! And I love the colors and pattern. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this later.

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! I love how you always use bright colors! So fun!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea and I love the colors! Thanks for linking up, I will be featuring it tomorrow.
XO
Kristin

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deedra Hickman Yes. Agreed! Thanks.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shannon Thanks, Shannon!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize I don't have much patience either, but it helped having the hubby help out! I didn't seal it and I've had it out all week and it hasn't faded at all. And no, the paint doesn't come off on shoes, socks or bare feet! So far so good!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Goldsworthy Yeah that spray paint gets so addicting!! Thank you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@cheapcraftymama Thank you!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kammy's Korner Thanks! I have a list like that too.. it only seems to get longer! Haha.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sugarr2518 Yes, exactly!! And I love it so much more than anything I saw in the stores!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@rainbowcreek Thank you so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kara @ Mine for the Making Sounds like fun! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Earning My Cape Thanks!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@The House at Bluebird Lane Thanks so much, Sharla!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melody Thanks, Melody!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Pam~ Virginia Retro Thank you for dropping by!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hannah Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Abby Thanks! Have fun!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shiloh Me too!! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@The Old-Fashioned Housewife Thank you so much!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenilyn Thanks, Jenilyn!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shyanne @SHYbyDESIGN I got mine from Home Outfitters. But the same one sells at Wal-Mart or any place of the like.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melissa Thanks for the invite!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Teresa Thanks!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Taylor-Ann Thank you, Taylor!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@The Remodeled Life Thanks so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah Thanks, Sarah!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Leslie Thank you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mandy Mo. That was my issue, too! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Danielle Wagasky Thank you so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lauren I'm so glad! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Thanks, Rachel!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thank you, Amy!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters Thanks!! It took time, but I love it!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carolyn Thanks again for the feature!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tausha Oh you are so sweet! Yeah, spray painting can be so addictive! Thank you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@EclecticMamma Oh no. So far so good. It's sit's in direct sun almost all day and so far so good. We'll see. Thanks for the heads up.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alison @ Oopsey Daisy Thank you, Alison!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Linda @ it all started with paint Thanks! I can see you are VERY clever! ;)

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Susan @ Oh My! Creative Thanks, Susan! have fun!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com Thanks so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kammy's Korner Time to invest in some spray paint? Thanks!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Bonnie @ Uncommon Thank you for your kind words! Have fun with yours!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rose Jesky Thank you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Taylor Thank you for the invite!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Heather Kaluf Thanks, Heather!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lamb @ LambAround: Life with my Sexy Nerd Thanks so much!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@lauren@warmandfuzzy It's super easy!! Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Leanne Thank you so much!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amanda @ The Little Giggler Thanks, Amanda!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Thanks so much!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow at TheWinthropChronicles.com

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this so much I featured it: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/05/winners-and-features.html

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh wow! What a wonderful look!

Dee

Katie's Nesting Spot said... Best Blogger Tips

Just stunning! I love the red and aqua, so striking! Thank you for sharing on A Crafty Soiree.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

It came out beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a fabulous week!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Featuring this fabulous project tomorrow on One Artsy Mama!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Featuring you this weekend! Great project! XO, Aimee

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Featured your project {that you linked up} over at my link party today. Hope you pass on by to check it out!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up last week! Im sharing this on my twitter and facebook today! Make sure to grab a featured button tomorrow :)

Deana said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

these are fab! thanks for sharing. we are featuring this today ^^)

hugs,
Lelanie

to-sew-with-love.com
tocookwithlove.com

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@SarahThank you for the feature!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife Thanks for the feature!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life Thank you, Dee!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie's Nesting Spot Thanks so much!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thanks for stopping by!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thanks again!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com Thanks again!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melissa Thanks for the feature!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com Thanks so much for the feature!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deana Thank you for stopping by!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks again!