Want to learn how to make a unique painted rug? This easy DIY Rug tutorial will teach you how to make budget-friendly, one-of-a-kind rugs with inexpensive vinyl flooring for unique home decor.
The seating area of our front porch needs a new rug, and I can’t find exactly what I want.
I decided to paint my own rug to create the fun, colorful space I envisioned.
These rugs are fun to make, and you might enjoy learning how to make your own rug.
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Table of contents
- How To Make Rugs?
- How To Make Your Own Rug Tutorial
- How To Paint DIY Rug
- How Correct Mistakes?
- Seal The Painted Rug To Protect
- Pro Tips:
How To Make Rugs?
First, when using vinyl flooring to make your custom rug, you have complete control over the size and shape of the rug.
This rug tutorial is intended for indoor rugs. However, they can be used outdoors when under cover and protected from direct rain or snow.
Where Can I Find Linoleum Vinyl Flooring To Paint?
You can work with scrap flooring or check out inexpensive small pieces at your local home improvement store.
If you only need a small rug, it would be worth checking with a flooring company and asking for free scraps.
I purchased a 6′ x 8′ piece of vinyl, and the size was perfect for my project. It was only $25.00, and I didn’t have to cut it. Although, it is easy to cut to the size you need.
If your vinyl has been rolled, you can begin by rolling it inside out and leave it for at least 24 hours before you start your project.
How To Make Your Own Rug Tutorial
Finding a spot to work in is the only thing complicated about making your own rug.
I originally planned to paint the rug on my front porch since that’s where I plan to use it. However, we are in the midst of pollen season and high winds.
So on to plan B. The only other area large enough is the floor between the kitchen and dining area.
If you paint inside, you must protect your floors.
I used wax paper and taped it to the floor around all edges of the vinyl rug.
Begin by painting the base color over the entire surface of the rug. For this step, I used Linen White Chalk Paint.
I have also used exterior paint for this step with success.
With the chalk paint, I only needed one coat for good coverage. Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before moving to the next step.
Note: I began to add the painters tape as soon as the paint was dry to the touch. You’ll see why that was a mistake later.
Determine Your Design
If you haven’t done so, you should decide what design you want.
I had some stencils on hand that I could make work for my DIY rug. However, I found several others that I know would be beautiful.
Additional, decorative rollers to consider.
I plan to add the decorative roller to the edge of the rug. Therefore, I want to tape off that area by measuring how wide the roller is.
Next, measure from the outside edge of the rug to determine where the tape will be placed.
Begin Adding Design to Rug with Painters Tape
Use your measurements as a guide to add the painter’s tape to the rug.
Once your tape is in place, determine where your stencils will be placed. Careful measurements are recommended to ensure that the stencils are even.
How To Paint DIY Rug
Now you are ready to begin painting your DIY rug.
Be sure the stencil is taped firmly. You don’t want to risk it slipping while applying the paint.
Gather your chosen paint colors, stencil brushes, and paper towel to blot paint.
Stencil In The Center
Next, begin in the center and apply the paint with the stencil brushes. I used various colors to create the desired pattern for my rug.
You want to dip your brush into the paint and then blot it onto a paper towel. A heavy application will bleed under the stencil and create an undesirable design.
The stencil brush is flat, and you should press straight down onto the stencil with the paint. Do not brush from side to side.
On larger rugs, you may need to move your stencil to repeat the pattern. Or you can purchase multiple stencils if you prefer.
I used two different stencils to create my design. It was necessary to move them several times to get the desired effect.
Note: It will be necessary to allow the stencil to dry before moving to a new location. Otherwise, you may risk transferring paint from the stencil to undesirable areas of the rug.
Once the center is complete, you can add paint to the other edges.
I began with light blue to fill in between the taped areas.
Finish Painted DIY Rug with Decorative Roller
Finally, you can finish the edge of your painted rug with the decorative roller.
Begin by applying a small portion of the darker paint to a flat pallet covered with wax paper.
You can use a brayer roller to flatten the paint.
Then apply paint to the decorative roller, carefully covering only the raised pattern.
Use the roller to paint the pattern around the edge of the rug.
Remove Tape from Rug
Once everything is dry, you can remove the tape to reveal your new rug.
Remember when I said to wait 24 hours before applying the tape to your base coat?
Well, this is the result of not waiting. I applied the first tape as soon as the paint was dry to the touch.
Then I waited until the following day to add the second inside round of tape.
As you can see, the second round came off clean, while the first round pulled paint.
How Correct Mistakes?
At this point, I had two choices.
First, I could touch up the mistake by repainting the area.
Or… I could embrace the mistake and consider the rug distressed.
Can you guess which I choose?
Seal The Painted Rug To Protect
Finally, once you are happy with your design, you must seal with a quality protective sealer such as General Finishes High-Performance Top Coat Sealer.
I recommend applying at least two coats with a sponge roller for a smooth finish.
This rug will be on my front porch for Spring and Summer, so a good quality sealer is imperative.
Although I’ve made several of these rugs, it’s easy to forget and rush a project.
Here are a few tips that will help you when planning your project.
- Take your time, and allow plenty of drying time.
- Find a work surface other an the floor (if possible)! Working on the floor isn’t optimal at my age.
- Be sure you have several stencil brushes to avoid cleaning between color choices.
- A Sponge Paint Roller is best for a smooth finish.
- Use a quality sealer and apply two coats to protect your finish.
- If the rug is in high traffic or outdoors, apply sealer again after a few months.
- I have a couple of rugs that I’ve had for years. Applying a fresh coat of sealer regularly will prolong the life.
Here are links to the supplies I used or something similar. Some items are optional.
See Storefront Supplies and similar items.
- 6x8 vinyl flooring
- Linen White Chalk Paint -
- General Finishes Sealer -
- Serenity Blue Chalk Paint -
- Coastal Blue -
- Decorative Leaf Roller
- Brayer Roller
- Sponge Roller Kit
- Roll the rug inside out for several hours
- Protect areas around the rug with wax paper taped to the floor or table.
- Paint the Base Coat on the entire backside of the rug
- Allow drying for 24 hours.
- Use painter's tape to section off the pattern and apply stencils to the design area.
- Begin at the center of the rug and use stencil brushes to apply paint.
- If moving the stencil, be sure it is dry before applying it to another area of the rug.
- Paint the area between the tape with a sponge roller and desired paint color.
- use a brayer roller to flatten the paint for the decorative roller design.
- Use the decorative roller to apply the dark blue design around the edge of the rug.
- Remove the tape and touch up any errors.
- Apply two coats of high-performance polyethylene sealer with a sponge roller. Allow drying between coats.
Be sure to allow drying time before applying tape to prevent damage to the paint surface.
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FolkArt Multi Surface Acrylic Paint Set 16 piece Pastel Colors, Count
Rust-Oleum, Serenity Blue 285139 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Watercolor Paint 30 oz, 30 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
3M - Scotch-Blue 2090 Multi-Surface Painter's Tape - 2inches x 60yards 051115-03683
U.S. Art Supply 5 Piece Wood Handle Stencil Brush Set - Natural Bristle Wooden Template Paint Brushes - Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil Painting - Craft, DIY Projects, Card Making, Chalk and Wax Furniture
General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 Quart, Satin
GSS Designs Large Flower Wall Stencils for Painting Repeatable Pattern Wallpaper Large Allover Flower Leaf Wall Stencils 16x24 Inch Large Floral Wall Stencil
GSS Designs DIY Decorative Large Mandala Stencils 16 x 16 Inch - Mandala Stencils for Painting on Wood Wall Floor Canvas Fabric - Resuable Furniture Wall Stencils for Painting Large Template
Damask Stencils (3 Designs), Large Fleur De Lis Templates for Painting Floor/Wall/Tile/Furniture/Fabric/Wood, Each 11.75” x 11.75”, Strong & Reusable, DIY Crafts, Made in America by Small Business
Rust-Oleum 329207 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, 30 Fl Oz (Pack of 1), Coastal Blue
Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Acrylic Paint 30 oz, 30 Fl Oz (Pack of 1), Linen White
3 Pack Printmaking Brayers - Premium Brayer Rollers for Crafting, Hard Rubber Roller Brayers, Vinyl Roller Ink Paint Brush for Wallpapers Stamping Gluing Application (2.4’’, 4’’, 7.9’’) (Black)
Mister Rui-Foam Paint Roller, 4 Inch-8 Pack Paint Roller Kit, Complete 4" Mini Paint Roller Kit with Small Foam Paint Roller Covers, Frame, Tray, and Liner for Professional Painting Results
Artsy Leaf Pattern - Decorative Art Roller - 7" Texture Roller
I love how the new painted rug brightens the porch. Stay tuned for 10 Ideas for Ideal Porch Sitting.
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- How to Make a Craft Paper Tablecloth
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