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Tips For Painting A Rug With A Pro Look

Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!


14 Responses to “ Tips For Painting A Rug With A Pro Look ”

  1. I luv your carpets.i was also thinking to paint rug but was not sure what to use.
    I live in south africa.
    Can you tell me what paint to use?
    My daughters carpet faded as we washed it and would like to renew the pattern.
    Enjoyed your knowing how.

  2. Where did you purchase those rugs?

  3. I’d like to know what kind of/brand of paint that was used? Also, what are the care instructions once you’ve painted the rugs or pillows?

  4. I’d like to know what kind of paint that was used? Also what are the care instructions?

  5. For your painting rugs (& drapery & pillows) what type and brand of paint did you use. Was it a fabric paint.

    Where did you purchase the plain rugs that you painted

  6. What brand of paint did you use? Also can this be done on a berber rug?

  7. I too am very curious as to what kind of paint you would use to paint rugs. Thank you love your ideas

  8. Would also like to know what brand of paint you prefer to use and if any textile medium was added to the paint?

  9. Hey nice post! I hope it’s ok that I shared it on my Twitter,
    if not, no problem just let me know and I’ll delete it.
    Regardless keep up the good work.

  10. Hey, what a great idea! Could you let me know how you wash the pillows and rugs as the light base colour isn’t very practical without washing over time. Thanks!

  11. Hi,
    Can u plz tell what paint u used for painting a rug , is it a fabric paint?


  12. Where do you get your white flat weave rugs? I can’t find any that are totally white. Thank you! Love your designs!

  13. Wow. These rugs really look great. I’m definitely going to try and make one myself. About the paint…my opinion is that any fabric paint will do the job, the question is that most of them are water-based and washing will be a problem.I have some experience with carpet cleaning and if it’s about a bigger rug or more than one piece I’d prefer dry cleaning .

  14. wow! love it! what kind of paint did you use and where did you get those rugs?

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