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How to Paint an Outdoor Rug Farmhouse Style

Updated on April 9, 2020
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I have a love of decorating and all things crafty. I own Design's by Betty Lou and make furniture and cute seasonal decor and crafts.

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Where to Start

Ready to have a unique outdoor rug?

Before You Get Started

Before you begin, make sure you have all your materials. Have an idea for your design. This really takes the frustration out of the process. I like to look online to get inspirations. I go to my favorite online stores, or jump onto Pinterest. You can get the rug I used really cheap at Ollies or Walmart. If you don't want to leave the house check on Amazon. This process could work on some indoor rugs as well.

Get Ready to Have Some Fun

Gather up the following materials.

  • An outdoor rug of your choice
  • Can of spray paint of your choice
  • Cardboard or large pizza box
  • Scissors or a carpet knife "Jeez!!! Don't cut yourself
  • A pencil or marker
  • Your imagination :)

Making the Cut

The first step is to take your cardboard and draw a pattern. I have chosen a star cutout. Don't be afraid to choose something else. Maybe a heart or a flower cutout. Go ahead and draw your shape on the cardboard. Next, take your scissors or knife and cut your pattern out.

Get Ready to Create

  1. Once you have cut your pattern out, place it however you would like on your rug.
  2. You can do the corners and middle like I did, or you can use a random pattern.
  3. Be creative.
  4. Grab your can of spray paint and lightly spray your pattern cutout.
  5. Move on to the next area and so forth.
  6. Make sure to not spray to heavy.
  7. Once your rug has dried you can add it to the area you have made it for.

Steps in Photos

Make sure you spray your rug with carpet protector

Using Latex Paint Instead

If you would like. The possibilities are endless. You cold tape off lines and make a striped rug. You could also substitute latex paint for spray paint. You would just need to get a foam roller.

  1. Use painters tape.
  2. Make sure to roll excess paint from roller before stenciling.
  3. When rolling, roll from the edge of the tape in, toward the bare rug. That way you aren’t pushing the paint toward the edge of the tape. This will keep paint from bleeding under the tape.
  4. It is better to roll light coats.

Glidden is an excellent brand of paint. The Sheen doesn't matter.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Betty Lamont


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