Someone on Pinterest or twitter posted about making your own Chevron rug for less than $100. I read through the post and thought ‘yea, I can do that’ and set off to add a custom rug to my company’s home staging inventory.
Here is goes…
After purchasing the approx 4 x 6′ sized Erslev rug from Ikea and gathering the various materials, we set out to create the pattern. The original blog post instructed us to create a ‘V’ template/stencil to make the lines but we found another way that worked. We just used a ruler to evenly measure 4 inches between each line and laid the tap down accordingly. The green frog tape was easy to apply and before we knew it, we were half way done.
Next up, was finishing up the pattern, taking a visual look to ensure the lines were even and start prepping the paint. Since we started indoors with the measuring and taping, we moved everything outdoors to do the actual painting. The paint store was limited on the color choices so the one that I thought could work in various settings was a soft silver which ended up looking more grey.
I have to admit, I was nervous about whether we would have enough to paint to finish the entire rug. The craft store had only 2 bottles of textile medium, which is necessary to make the acrylic craft paint work on the fabric. If you are hunting for this in the craft store, try the paint aisle – it was NOT in the fabric section like I (and a sales person) thought it would be.
After sponging and painting the paint onto the rug, we were finally finished. the paint doesn’t go on easy due to the nature of the fabric, but with patience, you can make it work.
Finally – we removed the tape and set out the rug to dry! We think it turned out pretty good, what do you think?! What color should we do the next one?