Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday – How I Painted a Sisal Rug

Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday!  This is a little series that I have at Sweet Parrish Place where I take something that I already own, that is old or thrifted, and try to give it a new life.  I try to add a new project a couple of times a month, but from time to time, depending on what is going on in our lives, I may slack off.  The project I have to share with you today is one of my favorite ones yet, and I am so excited about it.  I have been wanting to try my hand at painting a rug for quite some time, and I finally did it!  Here it is in my entry. 

I have seen this done around blog land and on Pinterest, and knew that I had this old rug that would work perfectly for a project like this.  You can see a couple of painted rugs that gave me this idea here, here and here.  But I kind of used my own method.  So I am going to show you several pretty pictures of my rug, and then at the end of the post I will share a tutorial for how I did it.  Sound good?


I have done so much work to this entryway since we moved in, and it is still not finished.  I would consider phase one to be finished though.  The first thing I did was to paint the front door black.  Then I painted the banister black.  And after some debate I finally decided to paint the newel posts black too.  Next up, we painted the walls, which was no small feat.  And then we painted the handrail going down the stairs.  We also bought the new shoe cabinet, that was my birthday gift in September, and it has been a life changer!


We still need to paint the stair risers, the trim going up the stairs and the spindles.


I have talked several times about how faded my landing is from the sun shining in this spot over the years.  And this picture really shows that.  I have plans to sand this entire space down and do a decorative paint treatment.  It will be amazing when I have it all finished. 


This sisal rug I have owned for many years, and it was stained from our dog urinating on it so many times.  I know, totally gross.  We had sprayed it down with a hose and let it dry out, but the stains remained.  So I decided this was the perfect rug to try a painting project on. 

I have never mentioned on the blog before that our dog, Bambi, passed last spring.  I meant to write a whole post about it, but it just never ended up happening.  It was sad for all of us.  And we are hoping to get a new dog sometime during the next year. 


I do want to point out that you can still see the staining, at certain angles, on the stripes I left natural.  This is an example.  But at some angles, you don’t notice it at all.  So I think I am going to dry brush the natural parts with a color that matches this natural sisal to try to hide that.  I’ll show it to you if I do. 


The side of the rug that I painted is actually the back of the rug.  That is because there is a pattern on the front.  This is a picture of the front of the rug.  Staining and all.  I also have a long runner that matches this rug up in the attic.  I am saving it for a rainy day.  It is not stained. I actually got rid of my old rug that was here because the colors just weren't jiving, and replaced it with this stained one knowing that I wanted to paint it.  I figured if I put the ugly out for all to see, I would be more inspired to get er done!


So on to the tutorial part of this post.  I am going to do the best I can at showing you each step I took to paint my rug.  I don’t consider tutorials my strong suit.  So here goes.  Oh, and by the way, the area rug this is sitting on top of, also has been peed on thousands of times.  But a change is gonna come, and soon!  I started off by laying it out on top of a drop cloth because I wasn’t sure whether it would bleed through or not.  But it did not. 


This is a pictures of the supplies I used. 

Frog tape, sponge brushes, and a sample jar of Valspar paint in the color cathedral stone (satin).  There is one thing I used that is not pictured here.  I used a very small 1 inch paint brush to help get down into some of the nooks and crannies better.  I needed two sponge brushes because they get torn up from the rough texture of the sisal. 


The first thing I did was to decide that I wanted my stripes to be 6 inches wide.  Some people might worry that there should be a stripe that is the same at each end.  For example, they might want grey at both ends.  If so, you will want to put some more thought into your measurements.  I totally suck at math and I want to deal with numbers as little as possible, so I just decided the stripes would be 6 inches and left it at that, not worrying about whether each end matched perfectly.  And I am fine with it!

So you can see here that I measured exactly six inches and taped a stripe.  Make sure you press down all along the tape really well.  Mine was easy to keep straight because there were already lines in the sisal.  I also wrapped the tape down under the rug.  Notice in the picture below that the first area I taped off is included in that 6 inches.  See that?  It’s important!  This is one of the stripes that will not be painted. 


After my first strip of tape was down, I measured 6 more inches with my ruler.  See that?  6 whole inches with NO TAPE.  Then I laid down another piece of tape.  This is a stripe that will be painted.


Next, I measured another six inches, but there will be two strips of tape in that 6 inch area, see that?  This is the part of the rug that will stay natural.  So, including both pieces of frog tape, there are 6 inches there.  Got that?  Then you will repeat this process all the way down the rug.  There will be 6 inches of space with no frog tape, and then 6 inches of space that has two pieces of frog tape within that 6 inches. 


The spaces that have 6 full inches of space, with no tape, are the spaces where you are going to paint.  I marked mine with a little dot of the paint I was using so that I knew where to paint.


The painting process took a lot more oomph than I thought it would.  I started out using the sponge brush.  I poured the paint out into a bowl.  I painted it on by kind of dabbing the sponge brush into the crevices over and over.  I made sure to get all the way down the sides at each end too. 


I didn’t feel like the sponge brush was getting down into the crevices like I wanted it to. So I started dabbing the whole area with the sponge brush, then taking my 1 inch brush and dabbing into all of the crevices that the sponge brush wasn’t covering fully.  So, I went back and forth with the sponge brush and the regular brush. 


I literally used every single drop of the sample jar of paint, and wished that I had just a little more to do a second coat.  I can always go back and do that without the tape if I want to.  If I had more, I would have just taken my brush and painted on a second coat, without dabbing down into the crevices.  I removed the tape as soon as I was finished, and there was no bleeding at all!  I let it dry for about 24 hours before putting it by the front door.  I am thinking of spray painting on a clear top coat, but have to wait until the weather cooperates. 


I have to say, it is a huge improvement over the before, and I am very happy with the results.  I probably won’t keep this forever, but it is a nice way to make this rug work in my entry way until I can afford to buy a rug that I really love. 


Here is a little before and after shot of the rug, and what an improvement it is!

I am so proud of my Trashtastic new entry rug!  And I think I am going to like it even more after I do a dry brush coat on the natural areas.  It should camouflage the staining very nicely.  What do you think of painting a rug?  Is it something you would like to try?  I would recommend trying it on a sisal rug.  It took the paint really well.  This made a big difference right by my front door.  Now, that is trashtastic for sure! 

If you would like to peruse all of my Trashtastic Tuesday projects, please click here.  And please come back in two weeks and join me for another Trashtastic Tuesday! 

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