Guess who’s super tired today? Me. Ohmigod it’s ME. And I’ve been dog-sitting the sweetest little pup – we’ve been having a great time and everything – but dang. Waking up exhausted and immediately getting dressed and then aimlessly walking around the neighborhood is a DRAG. I don’t know how people do it in the winter. P.S. Heather, I’m not dog-sitting in the winter. But this puppy is so darn sweet, and the early morning walks are probably good for me. Anyway, what does this have to do with the rug, Veronica? Seriously, I haven’t a clue. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Before, this was just a regular ol’ beige rag rug, discolored in parts by water leakage and all around boring and lame. Now it is a super cool, distressed, Moroccan-style area rug, and the transformation cost $15. FIFTEEN. DOLLARS. Dean and I were first inspired by this tutorial that Justin found on Apartment Therapy – stamping a rug with a rubber welcome mat – but we couldn’t find any decent rubber mats and we were under serious time constraints. So instead . . . we used an iron plant stand. Yes, that’s right, a muther flipping PLANT STAND!
– Rug (mine is a cheap-o rag rug from Target or World Market or something)
– Plant stand (purchased at Joann Fabrics and the wheels on the bottom make great “handles”)
– Paint (our 8oz sample of Behr Ultra Flat wall paint in “Midnight Dream” was perfect)
– Accent paint (we used gold purchased at the hardware store)
– Foam brush
– Tape Measure
– Drop cloth
Begin by marking the center of your rug and then decide on a pattern – marking where each stamp will land. Use your foam brush to apply a generous layer of paint onto the plant stand and, beginning with your center mark, press the stand (paint-side-down) onto the rug. Be sure to press down for a moment to allow the paint to seep into the rug (laying a drop cloth underneath the rug will protect from any major seepage, although I didn’t have that problem). Apply a fresh layer of paint to the stand for each stamp and move out from your center mark, covering the entire rug. The stamps will not be exactly the same, nor will they be perfect – it’s the imperfections that give the rug that faded, rustic charm. After the first layer has mostly dried, you can begin to layer the pattern. I stamped a random pattern using gold to add some dimension.
This project is EXTREMELY MESSY, by the way. Your hands will be completely covered in paint, but wall paint washes right off, so who cares? Enjoy it. And seriously, isn’t it worth a bit of mess? I’m completely in love with this project. And you don’t have to limit yourself to rugs – you can stamp anything. Drapes would be super awesome. And so would an over-sized canvas for some serious wall art. Go forth, my friends, and do this project.