How to Make a Painted Rug
Follow these step-by-step instructions and make your own painted floor mat — it's so simple!
Need a style boost in your living room? Try this quick weekend project: Make a high-style, high-functioning rug. Start with a sheet-vinyl flooring remnant, available at most home centers, and a stencil design. Download our stencil to get the look pictured here, or simply apply these step-by-step instructions to your own perfect pattern.
What You Need
- Stencil design
- Light-color primer paint
- Painting tray
- Sheet-vinyl flooring
- 6-inch roller
- Stencil plastic
- Fine-tip permanent marker
- Clear packing tape
- Crafts knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Colored pencil (optional)
- Graph paper (optional)
- Stencil adhesive
- 3 paint colors
- 4-inch paint roller
- Kraft paper
- 1-inch painter's tape
- Flat artist's brush
- Water-base flooring polyurethane
Download and print stencil. Enlarge image to desired size (ours is 15x24 inches for the main part of the stencil). Download the stencil here.
Using a combination primer-paint, pour into a paint tray and roll onto the vinyl flooring piece (ours is 42 x 60 inches) with a 6-inch roller; let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry overnight.
Trace image onto stencil plastic using a fine-tip permanent marker. Tape pieces of stencil plastic together if necessary, using clear packing tape, to create a sheet of stencil plastic in the appropriate size.
Cut out using a crafts knife on a self-healing cutting mat.
Referring to the pattern shown, mark the vinyl with a blue or green colored pencil. Laying out the pattern first on graph paper is helpful.
To stencil, spray back of stencil with stencil adhesive, then position the stencil on the vinyl flooring. Pour a small amount of paint into paint tray, roll a 4-inch foam roller into the paint until saturated, then roll onto kraft paper or a paper towel to blot off excess paint. Roll the foam roller over the stencil without pressing too hard, which could cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. Allow the first coat to dry for about two minutes. (A fan is helpful to speed drying time.) Apply the next coat; let dry.
Remove the stencil, then place in the next position and continue until finished. Stencil all of one color before moving on to the next. When the main images are completed, stencil the gray squares in the center of the blue and green images. Let dry.
Add the line through the middle of the vinyl by measuring a ¾-inch-wide line, then taping it off with 1-inch painter's tape designed for delicate surfaces. Roll on the dark gray paint; let dry. Apply another coat, then remove tape immediately.
Touch up as needed with a flat artist's brush.
Allow your DIY rug to dry overnight before sealing with two coats of a good-quality water-base flooring polyurethane—the same polyurethane that would be applied to a painted wood floor. Ask your local paint store for suggestions.