9.21.2010

DIY Details: hand painted chevron rug

If you read my post yesterday, you saw my awesome upcycled area rug!  It was so easy, and so worth the time to reinvent it!  I hated that rug a week ago, and now I love it!


Even though the rug was hideously bland, it did have a couple of things going for it:  it was big (8' x 10') and it had a really flat loop (like a fake sisal rug).  The flat loop made it possible to use paint instead of dye for the stripes.

Here's what I did:

1.  Measure.  I knew that I wanted three zig zags stretching across the rug, so I measured out the spacing of the peaks, and drew three chalk lines across the rug to make sure the peaks were perfectly spaced.

2.  Tape out the first peaks.  To get the first peak, I used my 450 triangle (from my drafting kit - leftover from engineer days! haha!)  If you don't have the triangle, just measure it out.  For tape, I used 2 strips of the 2" green painters tape, and overlapped it just a little bit.




3.  Continue taping.  To keep the spacing perfect without measuring every single time, I made myself a little "jig" by overlapping two short pieces of tape.  I used the jig to make sure that the spaces were the same width as the stripes.



4.  Still taping... Taping takes forever, but it's kind of fun seeing the pattern emerge.



5.  Meanwhile... this is what Beckett was doing while I was taping forever!




6.  Paint.  Finally it is time to paint!  I used Benjamin Moore latex floor paint in black.  It took most of a gallon.  I did one coat, let it dry overnight, and then did the second coat the next day.
*** update for people who have been wondering - I used small roller (about 3'' wide) ***




7.  Remove tape.  Voila, you are done!  I let it dry for a full day before we started walking on it.





53 comments:

  1. I can't believe how good it looks! It honestly looks like it was professionally dyed!! I need some chevrons in my life, so I may attempt this one day...probably won't turn out as good as yours though :)

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  2. Thanks Shannon! You should definitely try it... it was super easy!

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  3. Well done...this is a pretty impressive DIY! Love!

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  4. Super!! Did you paint it on with a brush or roller? Love it! Want to do this!! Julie

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  5. Really great job. I had a bit of a rug fail... I'll keep this in mind for next time. Nice work!!

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  6. This is so awesome! Would you mind if I featured it on my blog?

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  7. Wow, looks amazing!!

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  8. Your rug turned out amazing! Love it!

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  9. WOW! You did an amazing job! It looks great!

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  10. You need to sell these!!!!!

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  11. WOW! I'm so impressed by this rug. I've thought of doing something like that but haven't had time. It looks awesome!

    p.s. thanks for commenting on my blog. Means a lot to find other CDN bloggers as well. Who knew there were so many of us! :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing your DIY project! I loved it so much I had to post it on my blog The Notebook!

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  13. LOVE it! I have been thinking of painting a rug also and I think I need some chevron in my life!

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  14. wow - i see it now- fantastic!

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  15. Love it! I like the bigger, deeper Vs. Adding this to my DIY Round Up today if you don't mind!

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  16. I can't get over how amazing this looks! Well done!! I just might roll up my sleeves and try this out for myself.

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  17. fantastic project! I am out and about looking for rug ideas. LOVE YOURS!!!!
    -{darlene}
    stop by fieldstone hill anytime!

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  18. Just found your blog through Made by Girl and this rug is stunning!! You did a fab job!

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  19. Found your blog via Made by Girl as well and that DIY is amazing! Keep it up!

    Confessions of a Purse-a-holic

    *yeah another Canadian blogger! lol

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  20. where can i find a similar type rug (plain, flat loop rug)?

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  21. @laurendarling ... I bought the original rug at Home Depot... it was super cheap (under $100!) and is big 8 x 10!

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  22. I was just on Made by Girl! juat had to tell you that you did an awesome job! Anymore Awesome DIY's underway?

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  23. I love this idea, it looks so good in your space. I may have to attempt. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I've actually been looking for a (reasonably priced) chevron rug for a while! I'm going to try this once I move into my new apt!
    Thanks heaps!

    xx Cristina

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  25. Love love Love it! I am so wanting to try it for my entry way!

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  26. What a fabulous idea for an inexpensive modern rug! I love it! I'm very interested in trying something like it myself, but want to use it in a living area. Is it still soft enough to sit and crawl around on (I have a toddler)?

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  27. Amazing job on the DIY rug. I love it! Might have to find a spot in my house for a great rug like this.

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  28. @denisemayen: The rug has a super flat loop, so it wasn't exactly soft to start with, but it's definitely ok for sitting on and crawling around on.

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  29. Just found your blog and I'm obsessed with this rug! I want to make my own tomorrow! How is the paint holding up with traffic?
    Haymarket Designs Blog

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  30. Would you be willing to do another and sell it to me? Its exactly what I am looking for!
    -Cassie
    www.reusereinventredesign.blogspot.com

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  31. @Haymarket Designs - the rug is holding up great! The floor paint is super durable, and has some epoxy in it, so the paint kind of flexes. It gets a lot of wear and tear from my kids playing on it, and it's held up fine!

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  32. I love your rug!!! Wow, great tutorial and I linked it to my rugs post too - well done!

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  33. I never tire of chevron! Great job! ~Tracy

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  34. I adore that rug. That is a future project for me... I'm going to save this in Evernote.

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  35. This is genius, I'm fully inspired!

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  36. WOW! Found your blog while searching for a chevron rug in dark grey. This is amazing... don't think I could get the tape down this well but maybe I'll try on a bathroom mat first. haah. Great to discover you.

    Alyson
    http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com.

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  37. I just stumbled upon this...ummm I have been wanting this stupid rug for so long but didn't want to pay $300 for it!!! I am going to be doing this I can't wait!!!

    Shana
    ColorBlind
    Thrifters Anonymous Monday Link Up

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  38. This is the best rug painted version i've seen! nice work! is the rug from Ikea?

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  39. where did you get this rug? thanks.

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  40. @ Interior Chocolates
    @ Anonymous
    The rug was actually from Home Depot in the carpet section (not the special order area rugs)... I bought it about 7 years ago, so I don't know if they have anything similar any more. It's some kind of synthetic that is meant to look like sisal... a very flat tight loop. It was inexpensive and huge (8 x 10). I think any very flat loop rug would work.

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  41. Genius idea! You did a fantastic job on your rug. Thank you so much for sharing. This is the answer to my livingroom rug prayers!

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  42. I really love this! Going to try it soon!

    Zorrie
    www.sugarandchic.com

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  43. I shared your post here - http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2012/09/rug-for-kitchen.html

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  44. Love this! I hope you don’t mind that I included a photo and link in a post I did on stencils.(I’m new to blogging and unfamiliar with linking etiquette). Thanks for the inspiration!

    Genevieve http://turnedtodesign.blogspot.com/

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  45. Thumbs up guys your doing a really good job.country braided rugs

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  46. Thank you SO much for the tutorial. I start panicking when I think I might have to figure out measurements or taping on my own-I can never get it right.

    I can't wait to try this for my sons room!

    -Sandra

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  47. The rug looks great! And love the black wooden wall art. Would mind telling me where you got it?

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