Why I painted my rug!
Those reform rugs are so beautiful but also sso expensive!. I’ve been wanting a burgundy rug for about a year now. Originally this was supposed to be a rug dyeing project but after finding out I would need to boil my 9×12 wool rug in a huge pot i realized I didn’t have a pot big enough. Yes I considered using a trash can but the thought of trying to stuff it in there seemed impossible and can you imagine dragging around a wet huge rug!! I can’t! Oh and of course rinsing it out a dozens times before I let it dry for a week.
The whole process just seemed way to overwhelming and I wasn’t expecting to come across a 9×12 sized rug for this project (which added to the overwhelming part). I was thinking a 5×7 originally and yes I probably would of went through the hassle of dyeing of a 5×7 that is until I would of done some research and found out the dye bleeds out sometimes if the rug was to ever get wet. Yet another reason I checked dying my rug off my list. Wouldn’t wanna stain my precious floor.
Here’s the pretty turkish rug we got for a steal.
UPDATE: It’s been over year now and a the paint slightly rubs off. The color faded a bit and the rug looks more of a dark pink. If you don’t mind that than this might be what you’re looking for. I tried to set the color into the rug with some vinegar and heat but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. 3 YEAR UPDATE: I took it outside to pressure wash it and the paint didn’t come out at all. It seems pretty solid.
Yes we were debating on whether we should even paint it. It was super beautiful as it is but the style didn’t really match our home and it had a few stains.
Here’s a video version
What you’ll need
- Hard bristle plastic brush
- 2 spray bottles (if you plan on using multiple color you’ll need more – I purchased my spray bottle for paint at homedepot)
- Glidden (flat paint)
- Floetrol (latex thinner – I got mine at homedepot)
- plastic cups
Rug – Paint Recipe
So for you’re paint you’ll need to thin it out enough for it to be able to be sprayed out of a spray bottle. For this you’ll need to mix equal amounts of paint, floetrol and water. ( example 1 cup paint, 1 cup floetrol, 1 cup water )
Why use a spray bottle??
My first attempt at this was actually a bit of a fail because I didn’t realize thinning latex paint with water doesn’t really work yes even though it’s water based. You would think it would work right… 🙁 NOPE! Not at all. Water causes the paint to still separate which in my case gave me a crunchy rug because I didn’t realize when I was dipping my brush into the cup of paint I was grabbing the separated paint on the tip of my brush. In other words I should of just painted right of my glidden bucket of paint because it made no difference at all. When you add floterol it helps thin your latex paint properly without letting it separate and goes on smoother as well. Once thin the paint out with floetrol I ended up adding water to my paint because I needed it to be used out of a spray bottle. Ok to answer your question: I used a spray bottle to ensure the paint was coming out in an even consistency and not chunky.
How to avoid a crunchy rug?
So here’s a few things the helped me out with this. First of all make sure the brush you use to rub the paint in is super hard bristles. Also I shook my spray bottle about every 3-5 minutes just to make sure all the liquids were well blended. I also used a spray bottle of water that I spritzed every once in a while. The water spritz trick also quickened the process a little since it blends quicker.
Mix your paint and add it to your spray bottle. Have a separate spray bottle of water ready as well. Tape off anything you don’t want painted. Following that spray the color onto your rug and brush the color in with a hard bristle brush. Let it dry overnight. Preferably with a fan on it. Once it’s dry vacuum it to get the fibers moving around and that’s it.
I’m in love with the wine red color! I’ll let you know how it holds up. I still plan on heat setting it with vinegar a cotton cloth and an iron to make the color set better. It’s been a few days now and I’m not sure if it’s still wet or dry at this point but it does rub off the slightest bit. Keep in mind I haven’t set the color at all. ( if you were to dye a rug you would need to set the color as well) I’ll keep u posted! I plan on doing the heat set in a few weeks. Check back! 😀
Look at that crisp line though!! I’m so glad the tape worked!
Different angles make the rug look a bit different. If I stand on the other side of the room the rug almost looks purple and not red. (the rug fibers lean towards one direction. I’m assuming that’s why it does that.)
Doesn’t it look purple from this side. It’s beautiful either way. I’m so glad I painted it. No regrets.
Happy Friday everyone. I hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Can’t wait to hear from ya!
UPDATE: It is with great sadness that I have to say this DIY was a flop. It’s been over year now and a the paint slightly rubs off. If you don’t mind that than this might be what you’re looking for. I tried to set the color into the rug with some vinegar and heat but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference.
Also I’ve been buying my rugs on rugsusa.com and am amazed at their prices + quality. I’ve gotten a 9×12 for $134. I would highly recommend checking them out.