Chase’s Nursery – diy pAINTED iKEA Rug

5.18.2011

Rug

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything about Chase’s nursery design.  I have had so little time to post anything but have been doing so much to it.  The nursery is basically complete with the exception of a few pieces of art.  I’ll do a big reveal once I have all of the artwork up, but for now I thought I would share my rug project with you. 

First off let me get 2 disclaimers out of the way…

#1 – DO NOT ATTEMPT PAINTING A RUG AT 8 and 3/4 MONTHS PREGNANT LIKE I DID.  I THINK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH EASIER TO DO AS NON-PREGO PERSON.

#2 – THIS PROJECT REQUIRES MUCH PATIENCE.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PATIENCE THEN DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROJECT.

Okay, so back to the rug story.  The rug I originally wanted was this dhurrie rug from West Elm.

Iznik Dhurrie

It is a beauty but after we moved to our new home I realized it was slightly out of our budget.  I started thinking about the awesome painted Ikea rugs that I had seen around the blog world lately. 

[Cape 27 Blog]

[Classically Modern Nest]

[Diddle Dumpling]

I thought I could do something at least in the same colors and make it have the same feel as the West Elm rug.  So off to Ikea I went. 

Once I got home with the flat-woven $40 ERSLEV rug, I laid it out on the floor and measured it to determine how big my pattern should be.

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I also talked to one of my friends, a faux painter, and asked her what material I should use to make the stencil.  She gave me a great tip.  She said to use clear contact paper, like the kind you line your shelf with.  It was 5 bucks a roll at Wal-Mart.  Fortunately for me, it worked out that the contact paper could be placed exactly 4 times across. [Please excuse the mess on the left side of the picture.]

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Once I determined the size that my stencil should be I made my stencil pattern out of an extra large sheet of graph paper.  Then I traced it onto my contact paper and cut it out.

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Once I had my patterns cut, I peeled the backing off of the contact paper and stuck it on the rug.  This is where I about lost it.  The contact paper was pretty flimsy and kept wanting to curl up on itself.  Couple that along with bending down with an oversized tummy and you have one worn out pregnant lady.  When it was finally down and straight I gained my composure back and continued on.  Smile

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With my sponge roller and latex paint I painted a light coat over each of the openings in my stencil.  I wanted the color to be somewhat transparent so I didn’t do a heavy coat at all.  The paint did end up being quite darker than I had originally planned so I ended up using a second coat of a lighter orange.

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I don’t have a picture of the next step, but once my paint dried I peeled up my contact paper and moved it over to the next two sections.  It went down much easier the second time around.  The contact paper seemed more stiff.

After two more coats of paint on the 3rd and 4th rows I was done.  It took a little longer than I had expected it to take, but I was so happy with the end result that I didn’t mind the time it had taken.

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It is absolutely perfect in Chase’s nursery and really helps complete the space.  I can’t wait until I get pictures of the whole room to show you.

If any of you end up tackling this DIY rug project I’d love to hear about it. Please send me pics too! 

63 comments:

  1. Oh, it's beautiful! and I'm impressed you did it yourself so pregnant! Look forward to seeing the final room, WITH sweet baby Chase in his bed :)

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  2. Cristi, you are a bada** mama already! So impressive.

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  3. I can't believe you did this 8 1/2 mths pregnant. I'm exhausted just thinking about it - but it was totally worth the effort - such a statement piece in the nursery. Can hardly wait for the final reveal!!

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  4. How-in-the-world! You amaze me because this... would have never gotten done when I was 8.5mnth pregos! You put me to shame.

    This is just stunning, where did you find the pattern? I love the color and the pattern. Its so cute, I can not wait to see the res to of the nursery.

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  5. I just had to feature you on my blog!

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  6. This is gorgeous!!! With every DIY rug that pops up, I feel frustrated because I WANNA DO ONE, too! This is one of the best yet...

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  7. This turned out fantastic, Cristi! You're already teaching baby Chase about DIY! Awesome!

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  8. Wow, this is SO neat! Great job! The nursery is adorable!

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  9. That is awesome! I love the way that it turned out!

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  10. Twyla MackenzieMay 19, 2011 9:03 AM

    You did a great job. It looks great. Chase is one lucky little boy.

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  11. Fabulous job girl!! And kudos to you for doing that at 8.5 months preggers! The room looks great and can't wait to see the full pics!

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  12. Wow! You're amazing, Crisit. That's a very impressive project.

    Jennifer
    Atlanta

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  13. Thanks so much for all your sweet comments. I'm amazed that I was actually able to get this project done before Chase got here. -cristi

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  14. The rug is awesome! I can't wait to see the whole room! You are in the home stretch now!!!

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  15. Omigod. That's beautiful. Even not pregnant, I'd start something like that and never finish.

    Susan

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  16. Wow! What an awesome idea, Cristi!! I really love that!

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  17. OMG I love this!! And this post could not have come at a better time! My parents just replaced a rug they had because it had a few stains on it- and I of course rescued it knowing I could do something fun with it. Now to pick a pattern to do, hmm choices, choices!

    I LOVE his nursery, what a lucky little guy!

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  18. Cristi, that rug is fabulous!! And the fact that you did it right before you give birth, amazing!

    And I spy a great looking slipcover! :)

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    1. Love it, thank you for the great tips,i bought some contact paper thinking that would be a great way to make stencils,but not being very crafty, id of never thought to roll the whole roll out(duh)! Bless your heart,doing this that preggers.You did a fabulous job!! I ,too,spotted that very cute slipcover!!;) God Bless!!

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  19. You are so welcome about the feature! You deserve it Mommy! I wanted let you know I rewarded you with the One Lovely Blog Award! Please stop by and check it out! Have a great weekend!

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  20. WOW! I've seen a few people tackle the ikea rug, but NOT to this degree! You did an amazing job!



    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  21. This looks amazing! I'm so impressed you did this seeing as you're so pregnant! I would have been impressed even if you hadn't been pregnant. :)
    Can't wait to see the reveal. I'm in dire need of nursery decorating tips!

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  22. I can not even imagine you doing this project at 8 1.2 months pregnant! You go! From what I see, the nursery is adorable.

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  23. Loving the color and design of the rug. Great job! Someday you will laugh about how crazy you were to do it while 8 months pregnant. BTW, thanks for sharing the tip about the contact paper. Posting to Pinterest.

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  24. Wow! Thai is so awesome. I love it. What kind of paint do you use to paint a rug? God bless on the birth of baby Chase!

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  25. This is absolutely beautiful Cristi! And like others said... I don't know how you got this done with your belly :)

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  26. WOW pretty impressive! Ive seen someone else paint a carpet & it always looks so nice. Great job!

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  27. Just found this post from Pinterest. I am impressed that you were able to do this at all, and even 8 months pregnant! This looks fantastic and I've been wanting to do one of these too!

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  28. This is by far the best look for the painted ikea rug - it is so Weinreib-esque - I love it! Just bought one of these rugs last week, and think I'll try your version of the "rug hack!"
    Also, delighted to have found your blog!

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  29. Cristi you did a fabulous job on this rug! And at 8 1/2 months pregnant? Unbelievable! My daughter is about that far along and is looking for a rug, I think I will send her your link, give her something to do while she is waiting for the baby to come :)

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  30. Hi!

    I just discovered your blog and this project, and I was completely amazed, so I just wanted to say thanks! =)

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  31. So, my wife has a question. How durable is the latex paint? Is it latex wall paint? Flat? What do you think about fabric paint?

    Thanks, it looks awesome. My wife is nearly 8 months along now so I imagine that I'll be the one on my hands and knees with this project.

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  32. holy crap this is amazeballs! I'm so impressed and you've got me itching to try this out asap! I'm 24.5 weeks pregnant so times a wasting on that growing belly!!! So glad to have found your blog!
    xoxox

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  33. This rug is AMAZING! I need one for my living room ASAP :) I'll link back when I make it!

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  35. Is there a specific type of paint that works best? How do you keep it from feeling 'hard'?

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  36. This looks amazing! I want to do this to a rug and my curtains but I am terrified I will screw it up and get paint everywhere!

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  37. I love this idea. Especially using the contact paper. So smart. For years I have been using the back side of linoleum as floorcloths. I can get the scraps free from some dealers. It gets painted and varnished many many times. They work really well under highchairs, under a dining room table even if it is over carpet or tile. They wipe up easily. Another use is under a rolling office chair! They stand up really well and are open to freestyle painting, stencils or intricate designs depending on your talents! This is an amazing craft. Thanks so much.

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  38. Bravo!!! un gran trabajo!! felicidades!!!

    ...From Spain

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    I would completely pop in and drop a friendly note. . It is great stuff indeed.
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  40. Hi Cristi, I love this project and really hope to do it when I move home in the summer. But I have a question, do you think this flatwoven rug would work just as well, or does it have to be a softer? http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20203563/#/80198295

    Thanks in advance

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  41. Lovely designs which looks like fractal. Great for entrances and office floors.

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  42. What color paint did you use? Like from what store. Also is it just wall paint? Looking to do something similar.

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  43. yeah...I would not have been able to do this 8 months pregnant! I'm lazy LOL Fab job girl!!!

    Love the stencil pattern. Where'd you find it?

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  44. Thanks for sharing - this rug looks fab. Would you mind sharing how well its holding up? Id like to try it for my own baby's nursery but Im worried how it lasts.

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  45. I haven’t any word to appreciate this post..... Really i am impressed from this post....
    Thanks for posting your insights and experiences.
    Anybody looking for Designer Rugs in osborne park, Australia.

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  46. Thank you for sharing this rug-painting idea. This really does not look so difficult and will certainly be great for those who are on the go for simple DIY projects. You really did an amazing job and this rug just adds more color and vibrance to this nursery room.

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  47. I found this blog on pinterest and want to make this exact rug in a different color. How exactly did you make this stencil. I am not very artistic and probably could not draw it free hand, any advice would be great. Thanks

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  48. I have a question, is the carpet really stiff and crusty where you painted it? Also have you noticed any of the paint coming off on your socks?

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  49. Hi! I think this rug is beautiful and want to do a similar one for my daughter's room before she arrives in may. My concern is that we have dogs, and I wouldn't want the paint peeling off on them or on her if she's crawling around on it. What kind of latex paint did you use? Is it the same kind I would use on a shelf or wall or something different? I'm new to craftiness. Does the rug seem to be holding up as you walk on it? Thanks

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  50. This stuff is down to earth, hats off buds out there.braided area rugs

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  51. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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  52. Wow this is great! I am really going to have to try this out, thanks for sharing!


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  53. Very impressive project i...t's inspiring me to do something for my front room. Your son is very lucky to have such a creative mommy ....can't wait to see the nursery done. You're doing an awesome job!!!

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  54. This is beautiful! So custom for inexpensive. Love it!

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  55. How would you clean it, do you know?

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  56. Love it where can i find the pattern

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  57. What a great idea! Check out my recent blog post on Ikea rugs. http://storetodoorabq.com/category/blog/

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  58. 35weeks in right now and wanting to stencil a rug myself.... will it help when I place the rug on a big table? This way I don't have to bend that much.... or should I bring in the troops?
    Your result inspires me to go forward.

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  59. Gorgeous. Great job!

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  60. What kind of paint did you use? Was it hard feeling texture after you were done? Curious if you would want to actually sit on the rug afterwards. I did curtains once but they got stiff. It looks beautiful by the way!!!

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