Do you ever finish a project and REALLY, REALLY, love it? I’ll admit that it’s been a while for me since I’ve had that feeling, but with the project today that was exactly the case. I totally L.O.V.E. it!!!
Like a large majority of blogland, I painted a rug.
I adored it! It was absolutely beautiful. I especially loved the colors, but for the room where I wanted my rug I didn’t have those colors.
So I decided I’d go with the colors that I had, but then came my next dilemma – should I do chevron as well or try something different? I loved the chevron look, but I decided I’d do something else this time.
Enter Royal Design Studio
Holy smokes do they have a TON of fabulous stencils! I had a hard time narrowing it down, but finally I chose the Moorish Trellis Large.
When it came to painting my rug, I followed Shelley’s steps. I even bought the same rug at IKEA. Fortunately, I had all the paint on hand, so once I received my stencil I got painting.
I loved that my stencil shipped super fast and was packaged in a way that as soon as I got it, I could use it. I've worked with other stencils before and had to unroll them and lay items on them overnight to flatten them. I really appreciated that I didn't have to wait, because I was very eager to go!
For my first coat, I used a foam roller. However, I wanted a bit more coverage so I took my brush and went over the entire thing again to get an even color. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see that the right third of the rug has the brushed second coat, while the left two-thirds is just the rolled first coat.
I let my rug dry overnight, then broke out the stencil. Mine had these triangular registration marks that made it SOO easy for lining up your stencil so your pattern is seamless. Genius!
Using a foam brush, I again followed Shelley’s tip and dabbed rather than brushed.
I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the stencil was to work with. It stayed in place, even with the unevenness of the rug's surface. Plus, with the registration marks it really was a breeze, and cleanup was a cinch.
As soon as I was done, it was love at first sight. Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe to you guys how much I love my rug!
Here she sits in all her beauty in my dining room.
Do you love it as much as I do?
I do have one question for all of you, though.
Should I sand it down a little to distress it a bit, or keep it just the way it is? I think I could go either way, but I simply can’t decide. Please help!