We’re still trying to infuse some much needed color into our white, white kitchen and I knew that one of the biggest steps I could make in that direction would be putting down a rug. I wanted a runner but, you know me, I didn’t want to spend a bunch of cash on one. I wanted something with a big geometric pattern but unfortunately, unless I settled for a plain old solid, nothing with a price tag low enough (say under $25) was popping up. Never fear, pinterest is here (my new mantra?). I’ve seen dozens and dozens of stenciled and painted rugs before and those rugs usually hailed from IKEA, which we don’t have anywhere close. Lucky for me, I’ve got a friend named Allyson who does. She.saved.the.day. She’s going to school 30 minutes from an IKEA and so I had her swipe up a rug for me and bring it down home last summer. Well, then the twins were born, I lost a bunch of sleep, I was feeding them allthetime, other projects got in the way, I couldn’t decide what color, yadda, yadda, yadda… But, last weekend while Anthony was away on a trip to St. Louie, I got my rug on.
When I saw it, the first thing my eyes went to was the “rug”. I had to replicate the pattern. So, I did.
And here’s how:
I used a 3/4 inch thick piece of insulation styrofoam to make a stamp and stamped the design over the entire rug. You could probably use a thick piece of cardboard or a piece of packing styrofoam as well.
Then I traced it onto my foam piece and cut it out using one of our knives (I really, really need to invest in an exacto knife). I made sure to get a clean cut on the side of the foam that I’d be stamping with. The other side crumbled a little as the knife cut through but since it wouldn’t be touching the rug, it didn’t matter.
I let it dry for 24 hours before I laid it down for fear that if I didn’t I’d be tracking blue paint all over our house…a nice surprise Anthony would’ve loved to come home to, I’m sure.
[Update: Read about how the rug is holding up here!]
Paint: $6 (two sample-sized jars)
Foam: already had
Foam brush: already had
But wait! There are two “sides” to every story, including this one. I’ll let you in on the other side sometime this week. Until then, I’m linking up with Ana and her infamous Valentine’s Day Cabin Fever Creativity Link-Up and this week’s Martha Mondays. Go check out the craftiness that’s flowing and have a great weekend!