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The Painted Rug

Another item of interest that hit the blogosphere: The Painted Rug.


And because I have an abundance of splintery wooden decks and will always use rugs, the lightbulb went off. I’m going to paint some of the rugs that need to be replaced. I have some exterior paint and outdoor craft paint why not? It’s only been 100 – plus degrees outside, what’s another outdoor project going to hurt??

I started with this:

and then I rolled on two coats of latex exterior paint, leftover from the front porch:

I made stencil using a piece of poster board and two different sized plates:

Using a sharpie, I traced the shapes on to the rug.

I used Patio Paint and decided that the shape reminded me of oranges and limes.  Of course, I did NOT plan this.

I used a Patio Paint in tan, to make the sections.

My strokes were artistic, not perfect, just as I am!

I like the way it turned out.  It will be part of the summer house makeover.

It will lay here in the summer house, until the weather cools a little lot!

This place is crying for a makeover, one item down…fifty to go!

Stay cool and eat an orange!


  1. Love the rug, your artistic skills were much, much better than mine. The summer house looks like it has a great view, it would be nice sitting on the old/new rug out there.

  2. Thanks for sharing! This is so awesome 🙂 I never knew you could do that, I will definitely have to try it out sometime. Your pattern does look like oranges & limes, but that really gives it a summery feel 🙂


  3. I love the pops of color. A few months ago, I would’ve thought painting a rug was crazy. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Great idea and your pattern is great.

  4. Love the rug.. the colors are GREAT ….

  5. I think it’s fabulous! And oh, how I want that screened porch!

  6. What a great job you did on that rug Debbie! It’s always so satisfying to take something you already own and transform it like that. And, oh my goodness…that summer house is incredible! I would want to just stay out there all summer long…well, not if it was 100 degrees but I guess I could always just jump in the lake, huh? LOL!

  7. Wow, this is just down right genius! Big Kudos on this one!

  8. Oh my word….can I move into that little screened in porch?? I love the rug…the colors are so great! I am such a chicken and usually stick with neutrals….I must get out of that “box” soon! Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you are having a great week!

  9. Wow awesome job! Did you do this on the back of an old rug, or is it on the front.? I love outdoor rugs, and was hoping to snare a new one at the end of summer sales. Of course now I guess I could repaint my old one.

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