Enchanted Mommy

DIY: How to Paint a Rug!

Okay so I am picking out things for the new house and came across this very reasonably priced handmade natural fiber jute rug from overstock.com.  It looked perfect under my dining rom table… until my dog got sick and puked on it.  Did you know it is IMPOSSIBLE to clean a jute rug???  I didn’t, but found out very quickly!

Mistake number 1 was using carpet cleaner on it.  This just bleached the rug and made it worse.  Sadly, even using a too much water can discolor a jute rug.  So lame!  I would have never bought this rug had I taken the time to do some research on it… not with a house with three active boys and two dogs!

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

So the rug was ruined and I had a chance to experiment with it.  I have heard of other people painting rugs and started googling.  I found a lot of good blog posts online where people updated there jute or sisal rugs by painting them..  Apparently it is pretty easy to paint a rug!  It also looks great!  I used the site jimmychoosonthetreadmill.com for my motivation.  I also like this rug painting post on natalme.com.

So easy!  The only supplies your really need are some foam bushes, a gallon of regular latex paint, and some painters tape.  I painted mine right in the house after the kids went to bed.  I just put a tarp underneath it.  This rug has a thick plastic bottom and didn’t even soak through to the tarp, but the tarp made me feel better just in case.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it.  This is a close up of the texture it has.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it. This is a close up of the texture it has.

I decided on a Chevron pattern and made a triangle from construction paper to make sure the chevron strips were exact.  Then I outlined the triangle back and forth with painters tape.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle.  I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle. I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

After I had the design all mapped out on my rug, I painted! I used a soft foam brush and regular indoor latex paint, just like you would use to paint your walls.  Make sure to get a pack of foam brushes as I went through 3 or 4 on this project.

I got the paint from Walmart.  Did you know that they have pre mixed colors for 50 – 75% off?  It is hit or miss on what colors they have available, but I was happy to find this shade of grey for $4.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project since it was my first time painting a rug and I wasn’t sure of the outcome.  I am now ready to admit that I like the rug even better than before!  Considering I bought a $4 gallon of paint and a $4 roll of painters tape, I basically redesigned this rug fabulously for less than $10.

After the paint is dry, peel up your painters tape to see the masterpiece!

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

 

Looks awesome right!

Looks awesome right!

Guests come over and are shocked when I tell them the rug didn’t come this way.  It looks great and I feel so talented! ha! I might even want to try this out on another rug!

Some of the other posts I found on this told me to sand my rug with an electric sander when it was done to take away the crispiness the paint can leave.  I did not do this since this is a jute rug and it already has a tough texture anyway.  I can see how this would be a necessary step on a smoother, less textured rug.

13 Comments

  1. Meagan Briggs

    Sep 04, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    So talented!!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Sep 05, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Meagan!

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  2. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    Sep 05, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Our mutual friend Diane shared this with me on fb- so awesome!! I’ve been wanting to try painting a rug and your tutorial is great. The pattern is really pretty in your dining room!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Sep 05, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks! I am super excited with how it turned out! It was really easy and inexpensive too! You should try it for sure! Let me know how it turns out!

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  3. Natalie

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful job Jamie, it looks fabulous!

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  4. Ronda

    Dec 10, 2013 at 3:43 am

    How wide were your stripes in between your chevron pattern? I have the same rug and I would love to do the same design, love the look!!

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  5. MK

    Mar 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    OK, this EXACT same thing just happened to me! I have a BRAND new jute rug—–honestly I just cut the tags off it yesterday, and my dog had an accident on it. And, you guessed it, I used a sparse amount of all purpose cleaner which bleached it! I am going to copy your idea and paint it in a chevron design. My rug has a black chenille band around the edges. From the photos, it looks like your rug has a band around it too. I didn’t see any painters tape around the perimeter of your rug.

    How did you keep from getting paint on the border? THANKS!!!!!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Mar 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Those dang dogs! Ha! I know the feeling! My rug does have a border, but since the border was the same color I actually used it for part of the chevron design instead of leaving the border. Since your border is a different color I would for sure leave it and use painters tape around it. Or you could paint the entire boarder to change the color as well.

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  6. Laura Wales

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Follow up question now that some time has passed – I came upon your blog while doing some research on painting a jute rug. After its been painted – how is it holding up to stains at that point? I have two dogs who rarely (but still occasionally) have an accident. I am trying to determine if painting it is a viable (somewhat) long term solution to get a few more years out of it or if I should just chuck it and buy a more pet friendly rug. I’d hate to paint it for it to look great for 6 months and then stain again if there is another accident!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jan 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      It is not very stain resistant. If you think your dog might stain it again you might not want to take the time to paint it again. We have spilled some food on it here and there and it has come up okay, but I wouldn’t trust it to hold up to much more.

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  7. Jacki

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’ve been lokoing for a post like this for an age

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  8. Cherry

    Dec 04, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Great to come across with this blog! I have a similar situation, beige coloured rugs (what I was thinking? Beige?) until a guest spilled coffee on it! I have the same question as one of the commenters: how stain resistant was the rug after you painted it? Shall I choose a darker paint?

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jan 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      It is not very stain resistant.

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