On Monday, I shared Phase 1 for making your own rug out of a drop cloth and here is the reveal!
DIY Drop Cloth Rug: Phase 2
I put the Home Depot canvas drop cloth on top of a plastic tablecloth to ensure there was no bleed-through and taped down each corner so I wouldn’t pull the cloth as I painted.
Then I brushed on Minwax polycrylic sealer in satin (also from Home Depot) which ensures that the paint doesn’t get absorbed too much and acts like a primer. I painted one thin, even layer with a fine bristle brush (making sure not to load up my brush with too much polycrylic).
I kept my brushstrokes light and slow and it worked with the material as opposed to when I tried to go faster and it would crease. Then I let it dry and lightly sanded it to soften it up. Don’t skip the sanding, it’s tedious but totally worth it.
2. Stencil/ Paint
I was going to paint the triangles blue, but at the last minute I decided to use paint leftover from the dining room (Exotic Purple by Behr) because I thought it would bring everything together and it’s free if it’s leftover, right? I got everything ready, opened the can and…it was empty. Not sure why we kept an empty can of paint, but a quick trip to Home Depot took care of that ($12, not bad). One of the tips I kept seeing was to thin the paint, so I added some fabric medium I had left over.
Once you’ve got your paint, lay down the stencil (making sure to line it up evenly because however you line it up is how the rest of it is going to be lined up), tape around the edges, and start painting.
I used a 9″x 3/8″ nap roller that we had on hand for the painting but you can use a paintbrush if you prefer (I think a roller has a more even application and takes less time). Again, make sure not to load your roller up with too much paint. The mod triangle stencil came with instructions, which was really reassuring so just follow those for some great tips.
The Olive Leaf stencil was fantabulous. It stayed put, there was no bleed through as long as the canvas stayed put (*grumble * darn canvas *) and the lines were clean and crisp. And I love that it was so big (three rows of four triangles each) so it made painting such a large surface that much easier.
If I were painting a wall or even a rug, I’m sure it would have been perfection, but I was painting on a canvas drop cloth with no rug pad underneath. The canvas kept moving, which was so frustrating! After living with it for a little and some input from Tuvia and my friend Michal, I think it gave it a more authentic handmade look and it’s a customized rug for a whopping total of $57 ($25 canvas + $12 paint + $20 rug pad that I just ordered) so I really can’t complain.
It makes a huge difference to have something that actually fits the space!
Don’t forget to wash all of your brushes right away! The stencil was really easy to clean, the paint just peeled right off which was oddly satisfying.
I let the paint dry for 24 hours and then applied another layer of polyacrylic wax to seal the rug (and sanded again so it stays soft). This means I can both sweep crumbs off of it and throw it in the laundry. I’d say that’s a must for a home with two stinkers in it. Not that my kids ever stink.
I don’t sew so I used iron-on hem tape like I did for the no-sew crib skirt. Learning to sew is on my bucket list, but until then this is one of my favorite ways to get around it.
The final cheap DIY no-sew make your own rug out of a drop cloth before and after:
Most importantly, Aiden approves.
So there you have it, a custom sized, custom designed rug made out of a $25 canvas drop cloth, an Olive Leaf stencil, and some paint. Not bad, eh?
Have you used a stencil? Or made your own rug? Be sure to check in on Friday and enter the Olive Leaf Stencils giveaway and then you can try your own project!