April 13, 2011

DIY Chevron Rug

Big surprise, right? I know, painting a rug with a chevron pattern is definitely nothing new the blogosphere and yes I’m following right along with the crowd. Blame me? These things are all the rage right now and the result for the price is just too much to pass up for this girl. I considered giving a full in depth how-to post but I’m sure you guys are getting a little sick of those. Plus, I’ll link to two of my favs here and here for every detail you could ever want :)

Now, onto the good stuff. I used Ikea’s Erslev rug for $40 at about 8’x6′. Not bad, although any flat woven rug will do. We debated back and forth between colors for about a week before I finally took the plunge with a dark teal. Sherwin William’s Low VOC Promar 200 in Eg-shel tinted to Ben Moore’s Bermuda Turquoise to be exact. It’s makes quite the statement. Me likey.

I’ve read others of using basic blue painter’s tape and it working out just fine but if you haven’t heard me raving about FrogTape before just know I swear by this stuff. It’s the mac daddy of the tape world. And as you can see, it didn’t disappoint.

Here’s a quick before shot I took just incase you have any doubt that this rug wasn’t always so magnificent. Yea, I’m that in love.

I tried to remember a few process shots but I was just way too into this one. All in all I put about four to five hours into it. It was a little tedious when marking out the chevron pattern but a whole lot better than waiting out the months of savings, if say I was interested in dropping a couple grand on a Madeline Weinrib rug…

Or even $500 for a similar West Elm model

With the rug coming in at $40 and paint at about $30 this baby only cost us 70 buckaroos. Heck yes. Plus, she’s totally customized to our color likings and coordinates perfectly with the rest of the space. Perfection has never been so easy :)

And just in case anyone is losing sight of the dining space on move in day, here’s a little flashback on our progress.

Moving along..

Now get out there and start painting your own rugs! Seriously, best project ever.

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39 thoughts on “DIY Chevron Rug

  1. Kim

    Love it … and love that blue too. How did you get the chevron pattern? Did you measure it out or use some sort of stencil? I’d have a heck of a time keeping them all straight.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Kim – It was definitely a little tedious but I measured out the chevron pattern one by one. It wasn’t so bad after the first few! The second post that I linked to in the original post used a stencil of some sort. Good luck!
      Jessie

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  2. Loriann

    Hi Jessie…

    Love the rug!!! I’m adding it to my inspiration folder for sure! More importantly I LOVE your table!!! I did a little searching on your blog and saw that your dad built it for you for Christmas. What a great dad! I was actually going to have my dad help me build something similar. Would you mind sharing any plans you might have for it. Plus what type of wood/stain did he use?

    Thanks for any input you can provide!

    Loriann

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Lorian – so glad you like the rug and table! Possibly the best present ever from my dad :) He used plans from the amazing Ana White. Here’s a link to the farmhouse table. I’ll have to get back to you on the stain that he used, maybe a how-to post about it in the future. Hope this helps!
      Jessie

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  3. Cathy Lee

    I’m so glad to see someone else tackle this! I saw tutorials on this, bought the rug and even paint, but I just returned everything. When I was at the paint store, I was told the paint was going to be stiff and probably chip off. Have you had any problems?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Cathy! This project is definitely one worth tackling! Granted it’s only had a few days of use so far the paint is actually holding up really well. No chips yet. Although it may not hold up so well in a high-traffic area. With the price it’s a chance I’d take any day :) Good luck!
      Jessie

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  4. Loriann

    Thanks for the info. Jessie. I thought that might be where the plans had come from. I spotted that table a couple of weeks ago when I was searching her site. And if you have a chance I would love more details on the wood/stain.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Loriann – My dad used a Minwax stain on the dining table in the dark walnut finish and all of the wood is pine. Pretty basic stuff, I believe he just bought everything from Lowes.
      Jessie

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  5. Loriann

    Jessie…thank you so much for tracking down the info. I’m excited to get started on our table down the road. Hopefully it will turn out as nice as yours!

    Thanks again…
    Loriann

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  6. rebecca

    Hi,

    Curious to know about the “feel” of the rug w/ the paint. I was thinking of doing it for a space where we’d often walk around in bare feet, or sit on the floor. How comfy would that be?

    And I agree w/ all the others, the BLUE is fabulous!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Rebecca – The actual “feel” of the rug is as we expected, a little rough. Not such a big deal since we aren’t walking or spending much time on it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a high traffic area. I have read of others running into the same problem and taking a light sanding to it though. I’m sure this would help somewhat with the texture. Hope this helps!
      Jessie

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  8. Meg

    Hi Jessie! I’m new to your blog (thanks to your feature on 6th Street) and I am love, love, LOVING everything about your home!!! I’ve been dying to create my own chevron rug and I reeeally like how yours turned out. Just one quick question though… did you paint the white portions or just leave them? I see that the rug itself was white to begin with so I’m just curious if it was white enough to leave or if that portion needed to be painted too. Thanks for your help and congrats on such a great feature!

    Meg

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Meg – Thank you for the nice comment! We did not paint the white portions of the chevron rug because, as you said, they were white enough initially to let them be. Plus, that would call for more work and after hours on my hands and knees taping, measuring, and finally painting I wasn’t about to start over for a second color (haha!). Happy painting :)
      Jessie

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  9. Elaine

    LOVE this rug! I’m going to try it myself, can you tell me the dimensions of the pattern? I saw in the other link where they used a vinyl stencil, but I don’t have access to something like that (at least I don’t think I do!) What’s the width of the design and the length of each diagonal line?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Elaine!
      Thank you :) We absolutely adore this rug. We didn’t use a stencil, although if possible I would advise anyone else attempting this DIY to get their hands on one. The by-hand process is incredibly tedious, but can be done! The diagonals are 9 inches in length and 6 inches wide. I used the same measurements for both colors although I’ve seen variations used and they can look quite nice too! Hope this helps.
      Jessie

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  11. Iram

    BEAUTIFUL! I’m in the process of trying right now, and like you i’m using a deep color… any recommendations for how to avoid the “blotchiness” that comes with the darker colors. did you do a whole bunch of coats to make the paint look so evenly toned?

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  14. Andrea

    OMG I absolutely love this. We’re in desperate need of carpets and this is the perfect solution. Is the paint you used acrylic paint or is it fabric paint? (we don’t get Benjamin Moore paints over here in Germany :(

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Andrea :)
      The paint we used was just an average interior wall acrylic paint, but you might have better luck with a fabric paint. We love the look of the rug but honestly, the texture isn’t so great. Maybe a fabric paint would help!
      Jessie

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  17. Amanda S.

    I think you mean “rave” about frog tape, not “rant,” hehe- A rave is about something you like, a rant is about something you don’t.

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