*Next project - paint the edge of my front door! I didn't realize how bad it looks until seeing the pic!
- A Rug - preferably one you already own or buy a cheap one.
- Ruler/tape measure
- Construction paper for pattern
- Green frog tape or Blue painters tape - or both if you are like me!
- Paint - regular old indoor house paint is what I used.
- Foam paint brush - the cheap kind.
- Calculator - unless you can figure out the divisions - I can't!
I already had the rug in my entry way and it even had a few spots on it that could be covered up. Perfect! Did I mention also FREE! It's a berber style rug with very small loops. I just realized I didn't take a before picture. This is all I have.
1. Measure your rug. Length and width. Your rug will be different than mine so use your measurements here. Mine measures 38.5 wide and 22.5 high. I divided 38.5 in half to get 19.25 (all the while drawing this on scrap paper to plan my design out). Again divide the half measurement in half again which got me 9.625 or 9 5/8. This is the width of my chevron.
5. Tape four chevron pieces together in straight line. This is your pattern. You can lay it out and see what it looks like.
This is when you realize that I didn't do my measurements correctly I measured out 2.1825 instead of 2.8125. It makes a big difference! So you start over and remeasure and cut out your chevron pieces all over again. Remember the important saying "Measure twice cut once" wish I had!!
6. Now that you have the correct measured chevron pattern pin it down to your rug and start taping off the sections you don't want painted.
Notice the wonderful graphic I have laid out for you. HA!
7. Pinning the pattern worked out great. Easy to
position reposition if needed. Now time to tape away. Start with the good green frog tape and move onto blue in case you run out! Make sure you keep the center point lined up with the center of the rug. I did use my invisible pen from my sewing stash which helped me keep it all centered.
Can you see the stain I need to cover up on the bottom stripe? Finally no more spots!
8. Paint away. I let the foam brush get good and wet with paint and then just dabbed and dabbed away. Can't really mess up here.
This is after the first coat of paint. You can still see the tan berber underneath. I ended up doing three coats of paint.
9. After it dries remove tape carefully and put in place. Done!
I think it turned out pretty good.
What do you think?? Go and try it! And tell me about it!