Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sunday DIY Chevron Rug

I woke up Sunday morning and decided I wanted a chevron rug.  There is a tiny whole in one of the floor boards in my new craft room at Mac's house.  Rather than tripping in it over and over or redoing the entire floor, I decided that I was going to finally put a rug in the room like I planned and that it needed to be chevron.  I looked up a few DIY chevron tutorials, bought a $20 black rug, and took half a  gallon of white paint down from the shelf in the garage.  

Used these to guide me here and here.

Mac was skeptical about painting a rug, and laying out the lines was not as easy as we thought but I am so happy with the way it turned out.  To create our rows we divided the seven foot rug evenly and chalked out lines.  I originally wanted a white rug to paint black (easier you would think) but when the store only had black rugs and we already had white paint, what ya gonna do?

I wanted each row to have two zigzag peaks.  We divided the width by four and marked each point along the vertical lines.  I connected the bottom corner of the rug to the first point in on the vertical line and continued to connect the dots up and down with tape.  I know, confusing right?  This is why Mac and I had a debate laying it out, we're not mathematical people.

Because I don't trust myself with paint I marked every other row with chalk so I wouldn't end up with two white rows back to back and was sure to tape the edges of the rows that would be painted.

After a coat of a "dab and brush" technique and some touch ups the rug turned out exactly as I wanted!  It's not perfect but for something that is going in the craft room and that the cat is going to shed all over I am happy.  

It was so rewarding to wake up in the morning with an idea and have it in the house by that afternoon.  If you're dreaming on a budget or you're not sure how long the chevron trend is gonna last give it a try and have some fun!  

Hopefully we'll be adding storage for my supplies and get some pictures on the walls soon.  The room is a work in progress but so far I'm loving it!


  1. Oh my gosh, this is so amazing. It seriously looks like you bought it that way! You should open a rug shop.. I'll be your first customer haha!

  2. I love it! I can't wait to see how the whole room turns out!

  3. cute! Great idea. My favorite kind of project is one I can complete in one day. So this is right up my alley!

  4. This is pretty amazing! So crafty and funky. Love it :-)

  5. Thank you all for your sweet comments, it was such a fun project!

  6. You are kidding! That rug is incredible. Hmmm...now you have my creative juices flowing!

  7. wow! I would have never thought to paint a rug! I love this- and obviously the chevron print too. xo

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