Monday, March 7, 2011

I am a sucker for any type of 'Before & After'.
Makeovers, dental work, weight-loss, reupholstery, landscapes.. you name it.
You have a coffee table you made from a wagon wheel? Sign me up, I wanna see it!
So, I hope you don't mind me showing you one of mine.
I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I'm even happier with the money I saved by putting in a little extra effort.
Who needs a $500 rug when you can make one for $70!

Before:
Ikea Rug $40 (must be flat-woven to ensure the paint doesn't seep under the tape)


Latex paint, green Scotch tape, brush $30 (the green painter's tape sticks better than the blue)



During:
There is something very therapeutic about painting something you wouldn't normally paint!
I enjoyed every second of it. This rug only needed two coats, leaving me with half of a gallon.


After:




Pay no mind to the grumpy pug. She decided the rug felt better than cold tile and wouldn't get off.






61 comments:

Cindee said...

Lovely. I want one. Thanks for the idea.

S&M said...

Holy smokes is that cute!!!!

Sierra & Ryan said...

Awesome idea! Where did you get the rug?

Cason and Marie said...

I am doing this! I saw this on another blog, but yours looks way better! Way to go!

Ellery said...

make me one...i'll do something for ya!

rebecca said...

it looks great! go you!
also- your parents have the best house....

hayleyrowan said...

I love it! I'v been watching the Nate Berkus show and have such an urge for a "do it yourself" project." super cute.

Erica+Matson said...

very cool! i know this sounds silly..but the lines on the rug are so straight. so clean! love it.

Arleene said...

Awesome, I'm inspired :)

Martha said...

I am the exact smae way! Great project I might just be making a trip to IKEA soon...

Staci said...

That looks incredible, great job!

Kim said...

Are you kidding me? Super talented in soo many different areas. Love it!

jerry said...

Would that be a PRUG.

for you, love me said...

very cool...thanks for sharing the nuts and bolts. I think I'll give er a try.

allegra said...

whoa, i LOVE this! I've seen people doing this DIY on the web lately but no ones has come out as cute as yours. I love the simple grey and white. Thanks for the tips. I definitely have to give this a try sometime!

My Beautiful Life said...

I love it (and your photography!!) New follower!

Alisha Stamper said...

wow. such a fan. This looks GORGEOUS... and i totally pinned it to pinterest.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

What a great DIY! I am sure to bookmark this as something to do in the near future!


Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Natalie said...

hayley Im obsessed with this rug! Great job!

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:)

Janna McCalley said...

Turned out so good! I want to do it!

Simply LKJ said...

Came over from 6th Street Design, love it!

Brittney @ ourpovertywithaview.com said...

I love this! And the grumpy pug! :) I'm definitely going to try and recreate this. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Love love love the rug!!
Can you share how you measured out the lines so perfectly?
Thanks!!

Robin said...

Oh, and what color paint did you use?
Thanks.

Our Southern Nest said...

I love how the rug turned out! I am putting this on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing! I also wanted to know if there was a trick to getting the stripes just right.

Liz said...

GORGEOUS! What color paint did you use?

Pudel-design said...

Love the rug and the pug;)
So cute, the pug not the rug!
Turned aut great!
I think I´m painting one myself...
Please visit my blog, it`s full of DIY stuff;)

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

Your photos and blog are amazing!

Lovely greetings...

Lovely Little Nest said...

That rug is GORGEOUS! I can't believe you painted that yourself! Well done. :)

n.davis said...

this is beautiful. i'm so making one. love it!

tom + lisa said...

LOVE this. Thanks for specifying the weave, I always wondered how these designs stayed so 'tight' when people painted them.
(Blog-hopping over from 6th Street Design)

Amy R. said...

This is a great DIY project. I was thinking of doing something similar with place mats. Bravo!

Suzanne said...

love it! I may have to give it a try!

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Sharon said...

Awesome, I've been wanting a chevron rug for a while, now I'll just DIY it!

Curious though about the texture of the painted surface.

shorty said...

Wow! Looks amazing! One question what is the color and paint brand you used? I absolutely love the color and want to try this myself. Thanks!

Lori said...

What an amazing job! The photo with your adorable pug should be in a magazine somewhere!

Kristen said...

Amazing! I needed a rug for my little guy's room and just can't justify the $300 for his room! This looks so fun and for $40 plus supplies you can't beat that! Did you use a special kind of brush? Also, how is it holding up against wear and tear?

Berlins said...

Came over from 6th Street...absolutely love the rug! I have been wanting a gray chevron for a while! Just like everyone else..just wondering the brand and color of paint...also what is the finish of the paint..just a flat?

Hyphen Interiors said...

Love it! I have an outdoor rug that I need to redo/ rescue. This may be a good inspiration piece.

Hayley Anderson Photography said...

Wow! Thank you for the great comments! Much appreciated!

The paint color is Moonlight by Ralph Lauren, but I just had the paint store color match it with one of their cheaper paints. I gave the remaining paint away so I'm not sure what the exact brand is. Just make sure it's latex and the finish I asked for was eggshell. I didn't use a special brush, I just found the biggest one they had! I think a good tip when painting is to paint a thin layer first and a thicker layer on top of that. I was REALLY scared the paint would seep underneath and the thin coat seemed to create a barrier between the tape and rug which allowed me to put a good amount on the second go-round.

The texture doesn't bother me at all. I was really worried about that, too. It's definitely not a rug you'd want to roll around on (it might not work well in a child's room) but if it's purpose is for walking on and occasionally sitting, it's fine. For me, anyway. The paint feels slightly rough, but the stripes of the soft rug help take away from that. I've made a rule that only socks are allowed on the rug. Mainly to help keep it clean, but it also makes the paint texture disappear.

My husband is the one who taped off the pattern (bless his heart). I will ask him for some pointers and comment again once I have.

Thanks again! I hope all of you give it a try! I am so happy with the outcome.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Came from 6th street . . .LOVE! So doing this. Thank you!

Last Minute Mel said...

Also found you via 6th Street...I love how this turned out - am very tempted to try, but I have a house full of kids...love your photography and your blog :)

Lily said...

That rug is so amazing. I want to make one. You did an amazing job...I would love to hear some tips about measuring out the stripes !!

xxLily
goldandgray.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

Great project... and what an adorable pooch! The space is phenomenal, and so is your photography by the way - absolutely beautiful work :-)

Maggie May said...

Love this! Do you find that the latex paint washes well?

Jessie and Taylor Miller said...

found your site from 6th street and DIED over this rug. And the barn looking door/wall behind it. Fantastic!

Antonia said...

This is beautiful! I love how your rug turned out. I am actually planning on trying it out this weekend! The only thing I'm scared of is taping everything off. I am a crazy perfectionist and want to make sure everything is even!Lol. Well thanks so much for sharing your post! Thoroughly enjoyed! :)

Andrea said...

I love this! I soooo want a chevron rug and nothing I'm finding is within reach of my budget unless I save for a couple of years. Now THIS I can do! I'm glad to hear that it doesn't feel to weird under foot. Not that mine would really be used under foot so much as under chair ... I'm hoping to do this for my dining room. Thanks for sharing! It looks amazing!

Dave and Marie said...

love love love!! so excited to do mine!!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Hi! I looooove this. I found you from a link to a link to a link on pinterest! I hope you stop by and check out my site, I think you would like it since you did mention your love of before and afters! http://betterafter.blogspot.com

Caroline Brown said...

look at more ideas on how to spruce up a rug here! I tried this last week and it is so much fun (almost addicting). There is a design tool where you can try out tons of different patterns.
http://www.veccostudio.com/

Jeni said...

LOVE. Thanks for the inspiration!

ashley said...

I found this on Pinterst and immediately fell in love! I will definitely be trying it soon. I am also linking your page to my blog so others may enjoy. Thanks for the tutorial!

theinspiredlens.blogspot.com

The Wilsons said...

That is amazing. I would love to try this one day. I found this on Pinterest and then found your blog. I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow my blog... wilsonsandpugs.blogspot.com
Thanks for the great DIY tutorial!
-Jenna

becky said...

I love it. I was wondering how you would clean it if necessary. The latex probably wouldn't absorb too much....wipe off. Hmmm the white part maybe you could hit with a small brush or rag or something. Super job.

Paislea Elyse said...

ahhhhhh!!!! i love this!!!!

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Bateman Family said...

Now that you've had this rug a while and been using it, how has it held up? Has the paint flaked off at all? And how do you clean it? Thanks! - Kristen

Wall Family said...

Thank you for posting this! I made my own this weekend and love it. I would never have thought of it.

The Toone's said...

You said you got it from IKEA, but how big was it? By the looks of you sitting on it it seems to be almost a 8x10? Just wondering cuz I'm only finding 5x7 so just wondering if an 8x10 exists. Fabulous job though!

asklisam said...

Love this. I to was wondering what size you used. Also have you tried cleaning this rug? I'm looking to do this however I need to be able to clean it with a rug cleaner!

Thanks!
Lisa

Karly Mittens said...

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