Stenciled Rug Tutorial

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). ย 
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. ย 
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?


  1. Wow, the difference from before to after is incredible, Katie! You made a tired rug look so modern and new! I don’t know that I would have the patience to stencil something of this size, but all the reviews of Cutting Edge stencils certainly make them look like they are very user-friendly.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. That turned out so cool! Nice work.

  3. WOW! That looks great! I want to stencil a rug so bad. I must find one soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. LOVE! It looks fantastic!

  5. This is amazing! Congrats on such a successful project!

  6. Turned out super cool! Makes such a bold and gorgeous statement in the room. Love your personalized artwork by the way.

  7. This is so great! Good job.

  8. I love it. Stencilling is a lot of work but soo worth it. Great job! I pinned it!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! What an incredible transformation! Loving it!!! Xx

  10. That is amazing! I love it! I wouldn’t have ever thought to paint a rug! Just curious, how does it feel when you touch it? Does it feel stiffer where you painted? Or does it just feel like rug?

  11. Beautiful rescue, Katie! WOW! It’s gorgeous! So funny that we were thinking along the same lines – although your rug is a much bigger more awesome statement! I love it!

  12. This is a pretty incredible transformation. I happen to like these kind of indoor outdoor rugs for their durability, but it’s hard to find a good pattern. What a great solution and one I’d like to try for my studio.

  13. What a great job you’ve done with this rug!! It is like night and day! I love the keeping it real picture. Megan

  14. That is brilliant Katie! You really turned that rug around ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Looks awesome!!!

  16. That looks A-MAZING!! I love the room too! Very cute! I’m a new follower. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stop by my blog sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. This is stunning! From your pictures, I could have sworn that you purchased that rug as-is!

  18. This is completely stunning Katie! I have an old stained sisal rug sitting downstairs that I was considering painting. This has turned out so amazing I will have to try it now! xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  19. This looks amazing! Love the stencil you picked out!

  20. I did the same thing with a cutting edge stencil. I love my new rug and it cost me only $10! What an awesome transformation.

  21. Love lOve loVe lovE!

  22. Wow! What a difference, great job.

  23. You could not have picked a better stencil pattern for that rug. I love the way it turned out!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  24. You’ve got to be kidding me! This looks awesome, Katie!!!

  25. That looks soooooo pretty!! I love it!

  26. Wow – your rug is awesome. I love it!!

    I featured it on my TT&J FB page ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. Brilliant idea! I am surprised by how much paint it took, but it was so worth it. It looks like a brand new rug.

  28. Amazing job!

  29. Beautiful job!!! Love your stencil pattern & what a gorgeous rug you now have! Also I just love your art work! Did you make this?! Blessings!

  30. Oh my gosh – that is soooooo impressive! It looks like you paid big bucks for it!

  31. Looks so much better. I’ve been wanting to paint a rug but haven’t worked up the nerve.

  32. I love it! Turned out great, great job!

  33. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration….Can’t wait to give it a try…I have the perfect rug.

  34. Wow! Looks amazing~

  35. I absolutely LOVE what you have done with your rug! I have a question regarding using spray adhesive, Doesn’t it leave behind a sticky mess?

    • I wondered about that too, because when I’ve used it before, it created a dirty, sticky mess, but since it was recommended, and others had used it while stenciling material, I tried it. I sprayed it on the stencil, not the rug, (but I can see how it could still possibly make the rug sticky). I
      didn’t notice any stickiness and there aren’t any dirty spots. I didn’t try the spray adhesive for that long, because it didn’t really seem to help much with the berber.

  36. Your rug is absolutely stunning and such an eye catcher! I love the design! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius Link Party (new linky every Thursday).

    Happy Sunday!

  37. I adore this rug! What a great look and easy tutorial! Actually, I love the entire room, the paneling is gorgeous! I’m co-hosting the link party with Lines Across and I would love it if you would stop by and share, if you haven’t already! Hope to see you there!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  38. I am dying over here! I love love love the rug. It looks amazing! Great job! I am definitely entering the giveaway!

  39. That rug is HOT. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. That is Amazing, Katie!!! I love it!

  41. This looks great! Love the black and tan!

  42. Amazing! I want that rug…..

  43. This is such a great project! The stencil looks amazing! I would love to have that rug in my house. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Party? I’d love to have you join the party.

  44. That is just crazy cool! I don’t think I’d have the patience for a big rug, but I might try a smaller one!

  45. Wow! That really looks amazing! Like a brand new rug. Love the graphic!

  46. WOW! I’m so impressed…you really turned trash into treasure. Great job.

  47. that looks amazing!

  48. This turned out fabulous!

  49. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe you stenciled that entire rug!!! It looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Katie – nice job! I am wondering about cleaning a stenciled rug or how the latex paint will hold up if the rug gets wet? I was thinking of stenciling a couple of rugs, one for my back deck (Target has large, plain indoor/outdoor rugs for 19.99 which would be awesome stenciled). Do you think the paint would run if it got wet? How about cleaning an indoor stenciled rug? What products would you recommend? Thanks for your help ๐Ÿ™‚


    • From other experiences with latex on material, I don’t think it would run if it got wet. However, I would be worried about scrubbing or steam cleaning it. I’m glad the colors are black and tan, because both hide dirt and stains well ๐Ÿ™‚

      Great question.

  51. I can’t believe you made this! It looks really expensive. I’m a new blog follower from a Tuesday blog hop, I would love if you followed me back at

  52. This rug transformation is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the pattern and it looks brand new and elegant. Excellent job!!!!!

  53. Wow! That is amazing! It looks brand new and very cool!

  54. Oh my Geez! Really!?! That looks like something you’d buy for $$$$$ at a home decor store! I threw away a rug with a border not too long ago because I wasn’t a genius like you to come up with something this awesome!! lol!

  55. It looks amazing!!

  56. Are you kidding me?????? AMAZING!!! Pinning and Facebooking this!!
    Totally blown away! I can not believe how awesome this is!


  57. That looks fabulous!! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday at– where you can win free ad-space on my blog!

  58. This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

  59. You’re going to be featured tomorrow!

  60. GOOD GRIEF !!! What a project. And, it looks amazing. Great job.

    Im now following you, so please come visit me at and maybe you’ll decide to follow back. THANKS.

  61. That is amazing!!!

  62. That came out amazing! Thanks for the class….

  63. I LOVE it!!! It pulls the whole room together. P.S. I adore that family drawing on the wall ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Wow – great job! It looks really good and much better with this makeover!! I’m pinning this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

  65. I love how it turned out! It is a great improvement over the “before” picture!

  66. WOW! Amazing work ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mrs. Delightful

  67. Absolutely amazing! The rug has another life in it yet! Great work!

  68. Beyond amazing, the rug is beautiful. such a great improvement and great that you recyled!!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  69. WOW…All I can say is WOW!

  70. Gotta love a gal with a paintbrush!

  71. Wow that turned out so good, How long did it take you to do all of that?

    • A long time! lol I would just go down after the kids went to bed and stencil one part, then wait about 20 minutes for it to dry, and stencil another. I was afraid to do it while the kids were awake. I was pretty sure they would leave a big black footprint on it! So really, all the time added together wasn’t bad…it was just that it took a lot of nights.


  72. Wow! Your rug looks amazing and brand new.


  73. That is a jaw-dropping amazing transformation! Wow!!! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  74. This roug looks so professional as if it was purchased at a fancy decor store, very well done, easy to do, few steps and yet amazing result. It is a brilliant idea.

  75. What a transformation, it looks great!

  76. Shut UP! This is awesome, Katie!

    Featuring you today! : )

  77. Stunning who would have thought ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing!

  78. This looks crazy awesome! I never would have thought that rig had another life in it {no offense}. But it looks brand spankin new and so, so great!! Love!
    xo Becca

  79. Turned out FABULOUS! This is totally on my “to do” list! Makes me excited seeing how great your rug turned out! I’m featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

  80. Katie you must be hearing a lot, but it is awesome! Really, now that I’ve read your post I’m looking around for a rug to paint or stencil! Just a question, how much time does it take to get completely dry so that you can step on it? Congrats on the many features as well!

  81. You seriously need to write a book! This is so so so so stunning! WIshing you a very happy Mother’s Day!

  82. Thank you so much for the instructions…
    I have a rug that needs help and I’m doing
    it as soon as possible..I had no idea what
    paint to use.. so helpful to say the least!
    Thank you

  83. So glad to see this project! I just switched out my living room rug. I had one very similar in color and style to yours. It was feeling blah. I thought about stenciling it but was afraid it wouldn’t be comfortable to walk on. What does it feel like once it’s painted? Yours looks so chic, by the way!

    • Feels just fine. It’s berber, so it’s not super cozy to begin with, but I think the paint doesn’t make much of a difference to my feet.

      Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚


  84. Gorgeous makeover. Thanks for sharing at wow.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Rug??? I can’t keep my eyes off of that great stick figure family pic in the background!!!! Love it!

  86. LOVE LOVE LOVE your rug. THis seriously looks like its worth $500+ bucks. Never in a million years would I have known you stenciled it if you hadn’t told me. LOVE this and that’s why I’m featuring it tomorrow on Sew Woodsy!

  87. This looks amazing Katie!
    Great job and a nice tutorial :o)
    Featuring you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  88. Thank you for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional link party. I’ve featured your post, so head on over and grab a brag button!

  89. Beautiful!! I am beyond impressed! It fit perfectly in your room with your amazing gallery wall. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It UP Thursday.

  90. Amazing work. Great pattern choice. That rug really pops now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. That is amazing. You just gave me an idea for a tired boardered rug. I pinned it.

  92. Love the stenciled rug, but REALLY love the large print on the wall with your family name. Awesome!!

  93. That turned out so cool! Nice work.


  1. […] from Creatively Living, stenciled her old, beat up rug with Cutting Edge Stencils‘ Shipibo pattern! The rug’s […]

  2. […] ย and my Stenciled Rug Tutorial. […]

Speak Your Mind