If you're new to the Paint a Rug Party, this is the final and third week. See weeks one here and two here. Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, organized a group of fun bloggers to paint a rug in three weeks and post about our projects each Thursday. I actually had a large bare area upstairs that needed a rug and decided to give it a go. The photo above shows the hallway between my daughter's bedroom and her "hangout" room.
I couldn't find what I needed, so Linda custom sized an IKEA rug for me. Can you even believe how amazingly generous/thoughtful/talented she is?!! You can read her tutorial showing how to custom size a rug here.
Here it is after I received it in the mail. I put it in the hall to see how it fit and my Maltipoo immediately thought it was all hers. Below are materials I used to paint the rug.
Linda included a rug scrap which I used for testing color and effects.
My husband remembered a lab experiment from high school where dyes spread differently depending on the liquids involved. He remembered that rubbing alcohol made dye spread further than water, so I tried that and liked the effect.
So. Full disclosure. I procrastinated on this until the last possible moment. I'm about as far as one can be from a DIYer, and I dreaded ruining a perfectly good rug. Tuesday night was the latest time it could happen as it would have to dry so I could take photos and have it up Thursday morning. I started about 10 pm with set up and finished everything about midnight. I couldn't tell what the color was going to do because the rug was wet. Also, the fumes from all of the the rubbing alcohol indoors had me barely able to see straight. Now that it's dry I can see that I need to tweak and strengthen the color. That will be easy. All I did was put the rug on a tarp in the kitchen and wet it with rubbing alcohol. Then I put mixed Rit Dye in the shampoo sample bottle I found in a drawer (no DIY tools and just winging it) and made the lines. I just need to repeat that a bit until I'm satisfied with the color. My daughter had asked that the rug stay as white as possible while incorporating the two blue colors. She loves to cover the dark wood with white and lighten things up, so I tried to keep the lines minimal.
I'm going to add some color and do an update. I also will be adding more art to create a gallery wall here, and I'll share the art sources. I hope you'll come back to see how it evolves. And thank you so so very much Linda, for including me in your party AND sending me a rug perfectly sized for the space!
Don't miss seeing what these other ladies have done with a rug in three weeks!