DIY Spray Painted Rug

I’ve wanted a new area rug for our downstairs family room for over a year now, but I’ve kept putting it off because 1) it’s not a necessity, 2) they’re expensive, and 3) mostly because I can’t decide which one to buy!

Our current area rug is/was a solid, cream, shag rug from our neighbors who moved and no longer wanted it.  After a baking soda shower and vacuum, the rug looked (and smelled) like new.

After seeing these rugs (pictured above) on target.com I thought,

“What the heck?! They’re basically just expensive cream shag rugs with imperfect linear stripes.  I can do that!”

and so I did…

I gathered up some spray paint- rustoleum antique brass metallic, drug the rug outside, and free handed some horizontal and vertical stripes.

Most tutorials I watched, suggested using painters tape and/or a stencil design for a more specific design, but I wasn’t going for a “perfectly perfect” look.  They also painted a thin outdoor rug, rather than a shag rug.

Over all I was very pleased with the outcome.  The lines are a little wider than I had anticipated, but it looked very similar to the Nate Berkus Rug that inspired me.  The only downfall is that the rug is now “stiff” in the areas of the lines, but I am hopeful it will soften up with time and traffic.  If it doesn’t, I’m only out $8 in spray paint!

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