Hi Friends! Since I’ve been on the subject of stenciling, I thought that I would share with you how I painted my outdoor rug. I have been wanting to do this for quite some time and I guess yesterday was the day. I usually decide I’m going to do a project 15 minutes before the chaos begins and then my family comes home to a huge mess. What can I say, I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl. I will tell you that painting this rug was so much easier than painting my laundry room floor tile. Painting this rug took me about 1.5 hours minus the border. The process was quite easy but I’m getting a lot of questions so I just thought that I would do a quick explanation about it here and add some affiliate links of where you can find the supplies I used AND where I found my awesome chair swings.
I started with a 5×7 outdoor rug from Target. I love this rug and it was only $60!! I consider that a really good deal for a rug that size. It’s such a great rug that it could be used inside as well. I highly recommend it. I was nervous to paint it at first because I didn’t want to mess up such a nice rug but it was well worth it in the end!
This was the texture and color of the rug before I started…
I decided where I wanted my stencil and taped it down with painters tape on the sides to keep it from moving while I was painting. I also held it down in the areas where I was painting to keep it from moving. It’s a little different painting a rug that a tile floor. I started my stencil at the middle end and left a border around the edge. I found my stencil at Royal Design Studio Stencils and the name of it is Silk Road Suzani Wall Stencil. I am in love with their stencils. This is the same place that I found my stencil for my laundry room floors. Once I had my stencil taped down I began painting with a foam roller. I made sure I was rolling from the edges towards the center of the bare space since the stencil was wanting to move a little on the rug, because of the texture of the rug. It came out perfectly…no bleeding at all!! I had to press firmly with my roller due to the rug needing more paint that a tile floor would. I took this photo after I painted the border just to show you how I taped the stencil. The border was actually the last step in the process.
When I finished stenciling the rug, the one end was not going to have the angled design that I started with on the beginning end so I changed the pattern and flipped the stencil around so I could paint the arch on the other end to accommodate both ends having the same design. I think it still looks great and no one would be able to tell if they weren’t looking for that. I used chalk paint that I made with the color “Winter Way” Behr Paint for the stencil…you can find my recipe here. The border on the outside, I painted with my chalk paint as well in Hematite Behr Paint. I just used Frog Tape where I wanted the border to be, taped off the rug, and then used a foam roller and two coats of paint to paint the border. I initially thought that I would keep the border the same color as the rug but the imperfectness of the edging was bothering me so I taped it off and painted it.
I did not seal the rug with any type of sealer. I figured, being outdoors it’s going to fade a little which I don’t mind. I know that there will be wear and tear, just like any rug that is walked on, but I think using sealer is not a great idea on a rug. It would make it more firm and risk the possibility of the sealer not drying properly, resulting in a sticky feeling. I love the way my rug turned out and what a deal for $60 and using some paint that I already had on hand. I would definitely try this again sometime.
I absolutely love the way this space turned out too! I’ve had A LOT of questions about these chair swings and I don’t think I could love them more than I do!!! My kids love them too and we all fight over who gets to swing first, lol! My hubs said they were so easy to hang. He just hung eye hooks into studs and used the hooks that came with the swings to hang them on to the eye hooks. We did buy our own eye hooks but everything else comes with the swing. They are the best thing ever and so, so, so comfy. I could go on and on about how much I love them but I will just leave you with…go get some now! AND they are on sale right now! I found them here at Hayneedle.
I think I will go swing for a bit before my kids get home from school or I won’t have a chance. Have a great day my friends and thank you so much for stopping by!
Rug prior to stenciling it: Target
Chair Swings: Hayneedle
Faux Sheep Skin: Ikea
Fluffy Blanket: Home Goods
Burlap Sack: Flea Market
Terra Cotta Pot: From a Friend and Dry Brushed
Old Buckets: Thrifted
Pedestal: Antique Store and Painted and Antiqued with Chalk Paint Recipe here
Old Wood Stool: Antique Store
Stenciled Rug: Winter Way Behr Paint made into chalk paint with my recipe here
Border on Rug: Hematite Behr Paint made into chalk paint with recipe above