Our home is held together by these three things: Love, Dreams and PAINT! (Raise your hand if you have a paint problem, too.)
I love the concealing, restorative, uniting power of paint, but above all, it is my 5-letter answer for saving money. Without paint, this rug would still be ugly and useless:
Eight years ago, I purchased this 9×7 bound carpet remnant for $25, and since that time it has seen a lot of traffic, paint spills and…well…cat vomit. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the heart to toss it out because it still had a lot of use left in it. Besides, I needed a new rug for our den. It looked like a job for P-A-I-N-T!
Two days, two gallons and a touch of nautical inspiration later, I have a “new” rug:
Not only am I pleased with the results, I’m tickled pink that I didn’t have to fill our dumpster with an item that really just needed a second chance.
Got a rug that needs a makeover?
Step 1. Clean
You could have your rug professionally cleaned OR, if you have a clean, flat surface in your yard (i.e. deck, sidewalk, porch) you can scrub it up yourself.
2. Plan and Measure
I wanted my rug to have five stripes so I measured the length of the rug and divided by five.
Next, I measured out each stripe.
The design looks a little rough, but no worries. It all going to get covered up by…
How much paint will you need?
My rug required 1.5 gallons of the gray paint and about 1 gallon of the white paint.
Why type of paint do you use?
I found that flat paint was a touch runnier and thus spread better than, say, a semi-gloss.
BUT, if you have leftover cans of paint sitting around, why not put those to use? (My paint was leftover from our floor-painting project 2 years ago.)
What tools do I need?
A paint roller was completely useless on this Berber. I found better luck with an old angled brush that I save for only my messiest jobs. 🙂
How long will it take?
Measuring and painting took about 10 hours. I also allowed at least 2 full days of drying time (yes, I left the rug outside–eek!) and about an hour of light sanding.
How do you get the paint into the fibers?
For less waste and better fiber saturation:
- Keep in mind that you will be working in very small areas at a time
- Sweep your brush into the paint to gather up a dollop
- Set the brush onto a spot of the rug and allow the paint to seep in for a couple seconds
- Using a circular motion, rub the dollop of paint into that spot
4. Dry and Sand
After the rug has dried, the surface will be a little rough. To restore some softness, you may sand the surface of the rug using a sander with a fine-grit sandpaper (100-120) or you can sand by hand with a sanding sponge.
I liken the texture of a painted rug to that of a jute rug: durable and a little scratchy, but in a foot-massagey kind of way. 🙂
So there you have it! An new-to-you rug thanks to paint.
It’s nice crossing off yet another project. Now…to fix everything else in this room…