How to Paint a Wool Rug

Love the look of patterned rugs but don't want to shell out major cash? We have the solution. This easy painted rug project is low-budget but still looks high-end.

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Patterned rugs can be pricey. Get a similar look for less with our DIY painted rug project. Liquid fabric dye applied with a foam brush adds high-end dimension and color to a plain wool rug. We used black dye for a chic, modern look, but opt for the color that best complements your space.

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What You Need

  • Flokati wool rug
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Tape measure
  • Liquid fabric dye
  • Foam brush
  • Dye setter

Step 1: Prep the Rug

Set up a large drop cloth outside or in a protected, well-ventilated area. Lay the rug flat on the cloth, smoothing out any lines or wrinkles as best you can. To keep rug taut, secure in place with painter's tape.

Step 2: Place the Lines

Stretch a tape measure over the rug to guide the lines. We went for a criss-cross diamond pattern, but you can also lay out a grid, striped, or abstract pattern. Dot black dye onto the rug fibers using the thin edge of a foam brush. The color will bleed a bit between dots, making your lines.

Step 3: Set and Spray

Continue laying out lines and dyeing the rug until you acheive your desired look. Let dye dry. Spray the rug with a dye setter to prevent further bleeding.

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