Paint a Rug Party Final Week

10.04.2012

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.

her bedroom

"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!





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28 comments :

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

I am with ya on procrastinating. Something about this was so intimidating to me! I love the simple beachy look of your rug- can't wait to see the room progress!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Love it! I really like the technique you used too. The rest of us were brushing and rolling and you smartly did neither.

Nancy said...

Looking good Jennifer! Rubbing alcohol, who would have thought to use that? I hope you aren't exfoliated!!!! Love the bleeding look..Great job!
xo Nancy
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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Great work Jennifer! I love it!! And cheers to the hubs for remembering the rubbing alcohol trick! :)

My Crafty Home Life said...

You did an amazing job, no surprise. I love that look and will copy it for sure. Cudos to your husband who paid attention in science class...and retained that useless knowledge for all these years. It paid off. Great tip Mr. Pink Pagoda! Can't wait for the update.

Beth Connolly said...

Love it - very original. Rubbing alcohol is the best thing in the world for polishing crystal - I learned that at Waterford.

Cathy Wall said...

LOVE, LOVE LOVE it! So on trend and fun. The process looks a lot simpler than the whole painting thing. I may just have to give it a try... And I'm with ya sister on the procrastination part... painted my rugs on Tuesday too!
Cathy @ Room Rx

pam {simple details} said...

Brilliant hubby and lucky daughter! LOVE the one-of-a-kind custom looking tie-dye, stripe, ombre mix! Perfectly chic and fun! Totally envious of the time it took!

Karen said...

Fantastic job..it looks great!

charmaine said...

It is perfect! Love the ombre, tie dye look too.

The Pink Pagoda said...

He is laughing about being called Mr. Pink Pagoda. That's a first for him.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Not surprised that it turned out great! I love it, and your daughter is lucky to have it there. Perfect match.
Happy Thursday,
Teresa
xoxo

Vel Criste said...

i love this water color look! I think it goes well with that hallway!!! Great job on this tedious task!

Nicole Scott said...

Wow! You're initiated. That is a great DIY Jennifer! Nice job!

Nicole Scott said...

Wow! You're initiated! That's a great DIY Jennifer! Nice Job!

Albertina || MimosaLane said...

I love it Jennifer!!! beautiful stripes...and the two tones are beautiful. I love the art work too. It goes perfectly! Lucky daughter!

StagerLinda said...

Looks great! Bravo! It is the perfect lead-in to your daughter's room.

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Kinda obsessed! It looks fab.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Way to go! I think it's funny that your dog got involved. My dog does that, too...no matter what I a working on.

Marti Adams said...

Love the look of this rug! So cool!

Karena said...

Oh I love, love this painterly watercolor look for the rug, and the art as well!Bravo!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Chateau À Gogo said...

I love it! You are all so talented. I would create one HOT MESS if I tried this. - Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I have to say there has been so much to learn from each of you ladies in the Party. Rubbing alcohol makes paint spread further than water - great tip! You have some of my favorite colors in that rug. Just gorgeous; it is like artwork!

Kim said...

I love the technique ... and I would have been frozen and probably not able to start. Very intimidating! and you rocked it!! Way to go ... a great family project!! xo

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I like it Jennifer! It has a wonderful watercolor effect!

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SHERRY HART said...

I love it...reminds me of that Jim Thompson fabric Bamboozle [I think that is the name]. It was on the cover of Southern Living last spring remember [in the pink and orange].

Anonymous said...

I am really loving your rug. I think you and Hubby are really on to something. The alcohol gives a great watercolor-y effect that I've not seen before in a rug. You've got a great creative idea there!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I love it! I love the watercolor-ish look. I can't wait to see the update and the rest of the hallway.

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