DIY Chevron Rug

I've got some fun Reader DIY posts lined up that I'm really excited about. First up is an amazing painted rug project!

Reader Miggy was inspired by this LGN post and by Nick Olson's painted chevron rug. She picked up a $30 white flatweave rug from IKEA, similar to this one:


and got to work taping it up in a chevron pattern:


Then she used a dry brush technique and applied some regular latex paint in two different shades.



I love the effect of the dry brushing!


Miggy is using this rug in her daughter's nursery. Can you believe the total cost was $36 and about 3.5 hours of labor? I love it.


Do you have a submission for my Reader DIY series? Email me!

60 comments:

sophie isabelle said...

such a cool DIY post. something that everyone can try.

and i love the purple hues in the rug now. :)

pve design said...

Jenn-
pop over and climb up my hand-painted growth chart.
I had lots of fun painting it....
pve

hana said...

wow, very pretty! i may have to try that one too... thanks for sharing!

eyeseepretty said...

What a great idea! I would love to try a black and white version. I would have thought a woven rug would be more difficult to paint.

Christy said...

WOW that is inspiring! And adorable!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Very cool and a great look for the price!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

I love the handpainted look!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

That looks fabulous, so much better than I would have imagined! Fun! Janell

Flick, said...

What an amazing outcome! It looks great and how cool that it can be so personalized!
:) Flick

Bryn said...

I love that! I remember seeing Nick's rug and thinking it looks a bit like sequins because of the wear. The dry brush technique makes it so much more interesting!

When I get around to doing some DIY stuff here at the house I'll have to send it your way. :)

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Wow,this is great and I love the lavender she selected. This is maybe something I could do?

paula said...

oh my it looks fabulous!

Bridget said...

SO COOL

Aja said...

WOW. Such a cool project! Love it.

Allison said...

blown away!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, I love how this turned out!! I feel like the taping of the chevron pattern would be really difficult though - lots of measuring!

Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow said...

What a fabulous project! It turned out beautifully!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Oh, guurrl, I can tell this is going to be one, GREAT series!

La Dolfina said...

Way cool!

simply blythe said...

what a great idea.

Shelli said...

My friend sent me this (we love it) and said 'can you just DIFM?' (do it for me....ha ha, no problem kate.) If you have no time, West Elm has some cute ones pretty cheap too. =)

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

SO super cute! I've been tempted to try this...but taping off the stripes evenly seems a bit daunting. Or really, it just seems a little taxing for my brain! :)

The Goods Design said...

Genius! Easy! Totally do-able!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. Interesting rugs can be so expensive. I would have never thought of this, but now I'm thinking maybe something fun the kitchen?

Karen@DignifiedRubbish said...

Awesome idea! Did she mention what type of paint she used?

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

I am SO going to do this in my bedroom! I have a gallon paint left and had no idea what I was going to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Casey@HelloLove said...

This is fantastic! She did a really great job. :)

The Walton's said...

Love this project! I've been looking for a rug for our nursery but haven't been able to find anything I like! Love the idea!

- Maggie
mgwalton.blogspot.com

Suze Yalof Schwartz said...

Thank you so much for the post. I did a little one for you :)
http://dwellerswithoutdecorators.blogspot.com/

shannon said...

I love this! And it definitely came at the right time - I've been wanting to try this for my newly redecorated living room. Thanks!

Joy G (soon to be Joy D) @ A Glass Act said...

Love this idea!!! Now I can always find a rug to match my paint colors!

Lindsey Encinias said...

I love this! I'm in the need of a rug for a nursery myself...might have to give this a try. I just received my completed bumpers using that fabulous green Imperial Trellis I bought from you. I'll have to send you some pics when it's complete!
Can't wait to see what's left in the series of DIYs!

Michelle said...

Yup. It's going on the list.

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Fabulous!

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

oh myyyy that is FABulous! So glad you shared with us---it's absolutely genius!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

oh my gosh! this is amazing. i may have to borrow the tutorial :) what a great series you've got going!

Rachel said...

Very very cool!! I've been thinking about painting on my sisal runner, and this just gave me a push to try it!
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Bri and Kar said...

This is a great DIY. Executed wonderfully. Good job!!!

Lauren said...

LOVE this! What a great DIY project!

Semigloss Chic said...

WOW! All I can say is...where has this been all my life?!

Gina said...

wow this is awesome!

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Kath said...

So pretty! I think I may be doing this soon!

DrayaAnn said...

That rug is so great!

Cassie said...

I'm a big do-it-yourselfer & was planning on eventually attempting to paint a custom design on a rug. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cassie said...

This is such a great idea! I'd love to do it in the playroom when we move! Thanks!

Danielle said...

I love this! I'm moving it to the top of my to do list.

Persis Shah said...

great DIY!

just stumbled upon your blog and i have to say its LOVELY! do drop by mine too when you have some time. perhaps we can follow each other. =)

Persis.
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bettijo @ PagingSupermom said...

This is such a great idea -- I love it. I think I just might try it!

Chelsey @ 4th and Folded said...

I was also inspired :)
http://classicallymodernnest.blogspot.com/

Sarah Jane said...

Really love this one! Adding it to my DIY Round Up post today.

Chantal {luxxury livving} said...

Luv this, I'm looking for an affordable solution and this will work with any pattern too!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Do you have any tips on how to tape up the rug in an even pattern?

MandyK said...

this is awesome!such a cool DIY post

Jenn said...

I just found this post and love the idea, but I have a question for those of you who have made one last year... does the paint make the rug crunchy? And would it peel/chip if in a high traffic area over time?

Mary Timmers said...

LOVE this idea! Put it in my "favorites" list for further reference!

Christine said...

i like this idea- wondered if there was any way to treat the painted rug to make it more hard-wearing so that it doesn't get dingy with use?

jessicaraesommer said...

Seriously brilliant! I think I have to do this! For reals. I got so excited I did a post of this beauty on my blog today. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Jessica Rae

http://lovelyuglydesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/painted-rug-diy-brilliance.html

Sara Russell Interiors said...

I love this DIY! I have borrowed it and posted it on my blog, check it out! sararussellinteriors.blogspot.com

xo Sara

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