Woohoo! My graphic rug is finished! I’m lovin’ how it turned out.
Awhile back, Cutting Edge Stencils asked if I wanted to do a giveaway and a product review. I said, HECK YA! Since they have a zillion of the coolest stencils ever!
I decided to stencil this 8 x 10 rug in our basement that I was planning on getting rid of. I bought it off Craigslist about four years ago. It sits in front of our fireplace and has taken a beating! It was stained and ugly!
* Do you like everything I had to push off the rug for the picture? ….just keepin’ it real!
I started by painting the boarder with latex paint from Home Depot (because they have one of the least expensive quart size paints).
I used a Purdy brush and the edges came out perfectly. Gotta love Purdy brushes!
A lot better, but still ugly!
Then, after a bit of practicing, I taped the stencil to the rug and started stenciling. I had read that when painting a berber-type rug, you should add some water, and you really should! It makes it much easier.
I also added some spray adhesive to the back of the stencil (recommended), but I don’t think that makes as much of a difference on a rug, as it does on a wall.
Cutting Edge Stencils has an awesome roller brush and clip-on level they send that help make the process look professional.
Below you can see my paint, my purple water cup, the roller from Cutting Edge Stencils, and my other brush, that probably helped even more than the roller. You need a smaller stiff brush to get down in the berber.
Also, it took 3 quarts of paint. So if you’re going to use the Shipibo stencil on a huge rug, you might as well just buy a gallon! I think you would need MUCH less on a wall, but the berber requires a lot.
This is how she looks now! Soooo much better! You don’t notice any of the stains!
The view looking down.
Of course, this rug will end up back in front of the fireplace, but I’ll put pictures of that after I re-cover my brown flowered chairs and put another coat of paint on the fireplace brick.
Do you have any old rugs? Do they need a face lift?