I love all of the painted rugs that our niche has created over the last few years. Two years ago, I did a round-up post of 17 Painted Rug Tutorials and was so inspired by all of the rugs that I ran out and purchased an Ikea Erslev rug in order to make my own. Two years later and I finally got around to painting it! Today I am going to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint a rug with stripes in case you would like to create your own.
Supplies needed to paint a rug:
- A flat weave rug. Unfortunately Ikea no longer carries their Erslev rug. A good replacement rug for the Ikea Erslev might be this one or this one that I found on Amazon.
- Painter’s tape
- A small foam paint roller
- Measuring tape and a paint stick
- Smoothing tool (like what you use to smooth wallpaper).
- Quart of latex paint (I used a paint and primer in one in a flat sheen.)
- Fabric protectant spray (optional)
Step 1: Measure and tape off your rug.
My inspiration rug had 15 stripes and I loved the way it looked. I knew that I wanted my rug to begin and end with a colored stripe, and I wanted the stripes to be at least 5 inches thick. I measured the length of my rug which was 78″ and divided that by 15 (the number of stripes I wanted) which gave me 5.2 inches. I measured 5.2 inches on a paint stick and cut the stick to size. I highly recommend doing this so you don’t have to keep pulling out the measuring tape. Simply take your cut paint stick to determine where your tape should go on your rug to create stripes.
Step 2: Use your cut paint stick to keep your tape lines straight.
I ran my cut paint stick down the rug as I taped to make sure that my tape was staying relatively straight and even.
Step 3: Smooth your tape lines down.
Bleeding paint is not an option when you are painting on fabric. It’s important to really smooth down your tape to ensure a clean line. I used a wallpaper smoother to smooth my tape.
Step 4: Place markers with tape over the stripes you will not be painting.
To make life easier on yourself so you don’t have to think while painting,—who wants to have to THINK *wink*—be sure to place “x’s” or some other kind of cue that reminds you which stripes you will not be painting.
Step 5: Load your foam roller and paint away from your tape lines.
Try not to push any paint into your tape lines. I started on the line and always rolled away from the tape. Paint in all directions to ensure that the rug is fully saturated with paint.
Step 6: Remove your tape, allow to dry, and spray on a fabric protectant spray.
You can remove your tape as you go if you’d like. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see a nice clean stripe! You don’t want to allow your paint to dry on the tape or it may lead to peeling of your paint. Once the rug is dry you can spray it with a fabric protector to protect your hard work. Enjoy your new rug at a fraction of the cost!