Upgrade Your Kitchen Using This DIY Painted Rug

A DIY painted rug instantly updates a blah kitchen. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own colorful floor mat. It's so simple!

Need a style boost in your kitchen? Try this weekend project. Make a high-style, high-functioning rug with a sheet-vinyl flooring remnant (available at most home centers) and a stencil. Download our stencil to get the look pictured here, or apply these step-by-step instructions to your own pattern. 

We love how much color this project can bring to a kitchen. We painted our rug in bright cerulean, aqua, and gray, but pick a palette that matches your style and decor.

  • Working Time 4 Hours
  • Start to Finish 48 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Painting, Stenciling

What you need


  • Painting tray
  • 6-inch paint roller
  • Fine-tip permanent marker
  • Crafts knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Colored pencil, optional
  • 4-inch paint roller
  • Flat artist's brush


  • Stencil design
  • Light-color acrylic primer
  • Sheet-vinyl flooring
  • Stencil plastic
  • Clear packing tape
  • Graph paper, optional
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Paint, in desired colors (x3)
  • Kraft paper
  • 1-inch painters tape
  • Water-base flooring polyurethane

How to do it

Step 1 Prepare Stencil

Download and print our DIY painted rug stencil. Enlarge image to desired size. (Ours is 15x24 inches for the main part of the stencil.)

Download the free stencil here.

Step 2 Prime and Paint

Pour the primer into a paint tray, and apply to the vinyl flooring piece (ours is 42x60 inches) using a 6-inch roller; let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry overnight.

Step 3 Trace Stencil

Trace image onto stencil plastic using a fine-tip permanent marker. If you need a larger stencil, tape pieces of stencil plastic together using clear packing tape. Cut out using a crafts knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

Step 4 Start Painting

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 about two minutes. Apply the next coat; let dry.

Step 5 Move Stencil

Remove the stencil; place in the next position and continue until finished. Stencil all of one color before moving to the next color. When the main images are complete, stencil the gray squares in the center of the blue and green images. Let dry.

Step 6 Finishing Touches

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.

Step 7 Apply Seal

Allow your DIY painted area 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 if you're not sure what kind to buy.

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