Friday, February 26, 2010

old, but new...zebra rug

I was reminded of this DIY zebra rug project that I had done a couple years ago and thought I'd write some DIY steps, in case any of you would like to try it.

I got this old rug for free, it was a boring cream color and since I had always wanted a zebra rug, I decided THIS was the day to make it!

Tools needed:
old rug
pattern, in this case a generic zebra pattern to reference
masking tape
black spray paint
watered down black acrylic paint
watered down cream acrylic paint
PS I painted this outside, since I am prone to make messes :)

DIY Steps:
1. Measure 4 inches in from the edge of the rug on all sides, use masking tape and tape a straight line.
2. spray paint a black border, make sure to cover the inside of the rug, so that you don't spray paint where your zebra stripes are suppose to be. Let dry for an hour, till dry.

(see below)
Now comes the fun, but tricky part.
I simply eyeballed this part from my generic zebra pattern that I used as a reference, remember that in the wild all zebras have unique and different patterns, so don't worry about being perfect.

3. Use your watered down black acrylic paint, mark where the middle of the rug is and start painting stripes! I would do a stripe at a time, first the right and then the left. Let dry for an hour or so.

4. After your black stripes are done and dry, I went back and highlighted some areas with a light cream colored acrylic paint.

5. Let dry and remove masking tape!

(see below)
You are done, see image below for how it looks in our dining room!


Enchantresses Three said...

Oh my glory!!! Amazing!! Love it!

jchaas said...

oooh, thanks, it really was easier than it looks!

Magic Brush said...

How cute is that! I love to paint anything and have done a few floorclothes! Great job! Come over and see me at my blog sometime!

jchaas said...

thanks for the comment, I love your blog by the way! way fun! I'll for sure check in every so often and see what you are working on :)
I was wondering what you paint most often for clients? furniture? canvas?

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

Wow, I didn't realize it was so large until I saw it with your table. Those stripes turned out great! I can't believe those were painted free-hand! That's amazing!

Jessica said...

Amazing design!! Spacify has a collection of modern Buy Rugs with an array of modern designs. Each has its own great look that will find a way to enhance your home

Amy Hawken said...

I love it! I have Zebra pillows and curtains in my living room. I've been wanting to get a matching rug but they are so expensive. I've never thought to make my own. Great idea...thank you

Kat @ said...

Wow you are crazy talented! I would never have the guts to take on that project. And it looks so good! Good for you!!

Shelly said...

That's adorable! Love it! Im curious about the care? Do you spot clean?

j... said...

this is FABULOUS!!! can you let us know how it holds up?

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

This is so smart... and it looks gerat in your dining room :)!

Redesign Diva said...

YOu are the bomb! I love it!

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