How to Paint an Outdoor Rug
Transform a plain, inexpensive outdoor rug into a custom DIY creation with a little paint.
Using a tape measure, find and mark the center of the rug with a pencil. Working outward from your mark, apply two lengths of painter's tape side by side diagonally from the center to one corner (side-by-side lengths of tape should overlap slightly). Apply a second set of two side-by-side lengths from the center to the adjacent corner, creating a V shape. Each leg of the V should be 4 inches wide.
Mix in 1–2 drops of water for each cup of chalk-finish paint to help it glide on. (Alternatively, you can fill a spray bottle with water and use it to slightly dampen the rug before painting.) Use a cloth to blot any excess paint from your paintbrush, and paint between your taped V's. Add more coats as desired. Let dry completely. Repeat steps to complete the rug.
Carefully remove the tape to reveal the finished rug.
Tip: There are many chalk-finish paints on the market, but we chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project because we like how evenly it covers the surface -- and because it doesn't require a separate sealant. Learn more at anniesloan.com.