I have been searching high and low for an outdoor rug that I both loved and could afford. While there are many beautiful options, they aren’t exactly what I wanted. The problem was I wasn’t sure what I wanted! ;) I just knew I hadn’t seen it. Then I realized that I would design my own. I like creating unique things, right? So, why not give it a try!
I started looking for an indoor/outdoor rug that I could experiment with and wouldn’t feel too bad if my grand idea didn’t work out. I found this rug from Home Depot. The $17.88 price tag was just what I was looking for. It comes in taupe, granite and chocolate.
I then printed graph paper and sketched out a few ideas
First, I painted the entire rug in Palladian Blue as my base coat.
(Color used in my bedroom, living room ceiling, back entry ceiling and door to the garage)
When the base coat was dry, I started taping off the 12” diagonal stripe pattern I had chosen. I ran into some challenges here. My favorite painters tape did not stick to the rug. Neither did packing tape. I then tried masking tape. It worked! However, I ran out of the 3/4” wide roll I had on hand and had to run to the store to buy some. (I picked up a 1 1/2” wide roll. Wide tape helped me to not roll where I didn’t want paint color #2)
I then rolled Acapulco Aqua striped over the base coat, let the paint dry and remove tape.
And, guess what… I LOVE it!
Because I used paint I already had, this project cost me $17.88 (rug) + $4.99 (tape) = $22.87 plus tax. Not a bad price for a beautiful 6’ x 8’ indoor/outdoor rug!
Want to make your own?
Instructions: Indoor_Outdoor Rug Instructions
Pattern Ideas: Indoor_Outdoor Rug Ideas
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p.s. What color do you think I should refinish my antique patio set in? I’m debating on white or oil rubbed bronze or both! The chair cushions are new, so I want the set to look good with those and the rug.