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When a perfectionist moves into a fixer-upper…

Cleaning and Repurposing an Old Rug

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Now that my husband and I are (for the most part) in the decorating stages of our fixer-upper, I’ve found that my rugs don’t compliment my new color schemes.

[insert sad face here]

Thankfully, I am frugal and frugality leads to creativity!  Therefore, I have decided to paint the plainest of my now-ugly rug collection.

Like most of my project endeavors, this will be a first attempt, but Curbly has an inspiring, step-by-step tutorial.  Now all I have to do is decide which pattern and colors to use!  Here are some fun ideas I am considering:

Once the rug is done, I will loving place it in my sweet white-and-yellow-striped room:

In the meantime, I’ve decided to get said rug cleaned.

Translation: I cleaned that rug my darn self.  Because I am frugal.

Here is how I saved money cleaning my rug myself…

Leilani’s Backyard Rug Cleaning Experience

What I needed:

-A dirty rug (duh)

-A flat, clean surface (I used my deck)

-Large scrubby brush

-Laundry detergent and stain remover

-Hose with spray head attachment

-Nosy cats (for encouragement)

-A breezy, sunny day

Step #1: I liberally sprayed the entire surface of the rug with water.

Step #2: I drizzled the surface of the wet rug with detergent and used stain remover on all icky spots.

Step #3: I got on my hands and knees, and scrubbed to my heart’s content.

Step #4: Thankfully, I had a stray kitty cheerleader.  Unfortunately, the cheerleader kept trying to walk on my clean rug with her dirty paws.

Step #5: My indoor cats wished with all their might to regulate this outdoor cheerleader/imposter.

Step #6: I sprayed all the soap away in a methodical top-to-bottom pattern.  (This is the most efficient method because it pushes the soap suds in one direction and finally over the edge of the rug.)

Step #7: I brushed as much excess water off of the rug as I could with my scrubby brush.

Step #8: Since I was home alone, I had to lift the wet, heavy, cumbersome, #$%@ rug up onto a makeshift drying apparatus by myself.  (Note to self: Patio furniture is very unstable!)

Step #9: I allowed the rug to dry in the sunshine and breeze. Total drying time was only about 5 hours.

Here’s hoping that the rug-painting process goes as smoothly as the rug-cleaning process!

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If you can’t get enough of home improvement projects, visit Jules over at Pancakes and French Fries.  Her William Morris project is helping me stay inspired to keep moving forward!

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