I have a “figure it out” personality, also known as an “if you can’t afford it/it’s too expensive, make it yourself” personality. You might’ve guessed that if you’ve been reading my blog for longer than a month. That’s how this project came along…and pretty much every other project over here too. I wanted a bigger rug with a cool geometric pattern in front of the door in our entry way but the budget wouldn’t give me much to work with. So I made one and it only cost me $7. Yep. Only seven bucks. Here’s the story.
*rug (mine measures 3 x 4)
*paint (I used latex paint)
*foam pouncer/stenciling sponge or stipple brush (I used one of these <- and that there is an affiliate link fyi)
*plate for paint
First, I made my own stencil. I’ll detail how I did that in another post lest I stretch this one to novel status. I started my stenciling in the center of the rug and worked my way out so that the entire design would be centered over the expanse of the rug. To find the center, I laid two tape measures across the rug; one diagonally from one corner to the opposite and the other diagonally between the other two corners. Where they intersected was the middle (I’m smarter than a first grader!). I had already marked a center point on my stencil so I just laid the center of the stencil right over the center of the rug. To make sure that my stencil was straight, I measured the distance of each end of the square pattern on the stencil to the end of the rug and when they were equi-distant, I taped down the stencil.
Next up was painting. Before I started, I watered down the paint so that it was a tad more runny and would soak down into the rug a little better. I didn’t add much water though, maybe one part water to eight parts paint. Then I poured some paint on a plate and went along dabbing my sponge into some paint and then sponging along the stencil.
As I went along I made sure to hold down the stencil with my free hand as I sponged with the other for a little added support. The stencil I made had to be turned around/flipped over to produce a full circle/square design like so:
All I had to do was line up the edges of the just-painted design with the stencil and continue sponging away. Then I continued flipping the stencil until I had stenciled the entire rug.
When all the stenciling was finished, I wanted to fill in all the small lines throughout the pattern created from the stencil (their purpose was to hold the stencil together but more on that in the actual stencil-making tutorial). It’s not necessary to fill these in but I was going for more of a cohesive look so I did. With a flat paintbrush, I just went around and painted over the lines and filled in some imperfect spots like some of the areas where the stencils met. So, it went from this:
Sooo, let me deviate a little and tell you it’s cool and I love it but it’s not exactly what I was going for. The lines connecting the squares were actually supposed to be straight. The aqua lines in the pic below show what I mean.
In order for them to be straight, I should’ve laid my stencil out the same way each time like this:
But instead I laid it out like this…
…not realizing until I was halfway done that I was going to have a variation from what I initially wanted. Does that make sense? Luckily, it doesn’t look bad because there was no turning back. I’m only writing this out in case you try this very stencil. Lay your stencil out the same way each time (width-wise every time or length-wise every time) unless you’d prefer the accidental variation which is perfectly fine too. :)
The last thing I did to the rug was add a non-slip drawer liner to the back. The girls run past the entry way area a thousand times a day and the plastic backing of this rug made it slide all over the place. Running toddlers and a slip ‘n slide rug make for surefire accidents. So, I simply cut a couple of rolls of liner up so that I c0uld fit three strips along the back of the rug and attached them with some liquid nails like so:
I let the glue dry for 24 hours before setting the rug down and away we/they went. It ain’t going nowhere and trips to the ER for brick floor collisions we will hopefully never have…or at least they won’t be caused by a sliding rug.
Rug: $5 (Old Time Pottery on sale from $7)
Paint: free (Lowe’s with a free paint sample coupon from Real Simple mag – color is Cathedral Stone by Valspar)
Foam Pouncer: already had (Martha Stewart from Michaels – came in a pack of seven and purchased last year with a coupon for this project)
Rubber drawer liner for backing: $2 (Dollar Store)
Tape: already had
[BTdubs…if making your own stencil doesn’t sound fun, you can find some fairly cheap wall stencils at Hobby Lobby that’ll run you back about $10 with a coupon or there’s always Royal Design Studio where you can find tons of amazing stencils with a little higher price tag. Also, Target has some flatwoven kitchen rugs that just happen to be blank on the opposite side and perfect for stenciling/painting (not listed online). My original plan was to sew a few of them together for an entry rug but then I scored the one I used at OTP.]
Here’s the view from the hallway:
[Frame collage tutorial here.]
Don’t forget, like I mentioned above, I’ve got a whole tutorial coming on how to make your very own stencil (mine cost me about $1 to make!!!) and I’ll include a free download if you want to attempt this one. :D
Have a great week!