Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Moorish Trellis Stenciled Rug

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.
Finished-Rug
It all started when I saw Shelley’s Chevron Rug on House of Smith’s.
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.
Rug-in-dining-room
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.

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.
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!
First-coat
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!
Registration-mark
Using a foam brush, I again followed Shelley’s tip and dabbed rather than brushed.
Me-painting-rug
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.
Rug-in-dining-room
Do you love it as much as I do?
Finished-Rug
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!


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32 comments:

  1. I wouldn't sand it - let it wear on it's own. It looks really great too, I like the stencil pattern you picked out.

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  2. That came out awesome!!! I wouldn't sand it either.

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  3. I would leave it the way it is...... it looks great!

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  4. I personally get tired of the distressed look. My vote is to leave it.

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  5. I say leave it too! It looks great! I have my supplies for my rug I just gotta get it going!

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  6. That is gorgeous! I wouldn't sand I think it's perfect!

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  7. i was going to say the same as the first comment- it will wear on its own... leave it!

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  8. I would leave it - it looks amazing! I'm definitely going to try this - thanks for the inspiration :)

    http://house-pretty.blogspot.com

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  9. I think it's gorgeous the way it is. I'm sure it will distress naturally.

    Dang, I was just at Ikea and actually thought of picking up one of those rugs ... but I thought it was too boring! Guess I now have an excuse to go back. I love how yours turned out.

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  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! It looks awesome in your kitchen!!! It totally adds a pop of modern to the space :) That's what I love about mine, too!
    Thanks for the shout-out Tam!
    ~Shelley

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  11. It looks just gorgeous Tam! I'm with everyone else, I think it's perfect the way it is. If your house is like mine, it will "distress" all on its own. ;)

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  12. I love it!! Just let it distress on its own, that is so cute, I want to try it.

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  13. That rug look great! I wouldn't distress it tho, it will distress over time from people walking on it

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  14. Your rug turned out amazing!!! I would love if you would link up this project to our {{What I Made Wednesday Linky Party}}! Thanks!

    BTW, I'm your newest follower! =)

    ~Briana

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  15. I think it looks great the way it is! I like the crispness of the contrast in color.

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  16. Awesome. I would never sand that. It looks absolutely perfect. The color contrast is amazing!

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  17. Oh it looks fabulous! I would be totally excited for that project too! I say keep it the way it is. It will eventually fade itself with just normal wear and tear. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

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  18. It looks so great! I keep meaning to try one of these. I wouldn't sand it either - it will get distressed all on its own over time! :)

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  19. Oooohhh! I love your painted rug!!!

    I host a weekly Friday link party, I would love you to link up if you are interested!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  20. I bought a patterned one and it distressed itself so much, I need to repaint it! Wish I had a cool stencil like yours! Looks great!

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  21. I painted a Cheveron stripe on a rug for my laundry room. I did not sand it down-but I'm noticing it getting a lot of wear on it's own. So I'd keep it the way it is. So cute. I love your stencil and colors.

    http://antsi-pants.blogspot.com/2011/04/chevron-painted-rug.html

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  22. I love it! I bought a rug to do something like this for my bedrooom but I still can't decide what pattern I want to use.

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  23. It's awesome just the way it is. Great job. I love the stencil you used!

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  25. Your rug is beautiful!!! I've been wanting to do a rug of my own, unfortunately, I tend to be a little bit of a procrastinator, but every time I see how cute someone's turns out, it give me some motivation. Thanks for sharing

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  26. Love this! And yes, leave it as it is...It's just perfect. A question: did you use semi-gloss latex paint too? I want to be sure to use the right paint before I start all that taping or stenciling :)

    Kim
    roweaglejacket@comcast.net

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  27. Love it Tam! I'm featuring it tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday'a! Thanks for linking up! It turned out just GREAT!

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  28. It's gorgeous!! I say keep it as is...especially if you have foot traffic-- I'm sure you'll get that vintage feel after awhile. ;)

    May I ask how you decided to go with that stencil company? Did you try seeing if there were any cheaper or possibly free stencils online? I only ask because I'm loving yours and am looking for a stencil to do inside our future pantry {another Smith House idea}. :)

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  29. LOVE this!!! Where did you purchase the original rug from?

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  31. Hi Tamarynn! I wanted to let you know that I am using your rug at my inspiration in our Pinspired and Rewired series! I used your idea to make a door mat! Thanks for the great idea!

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  32. Thanks for sharing your beautiful project and all the details! My kitchen/dining and living room colors are red, white, black and tan. I have been looking for the right size washable red rug for my kitchen for some time without much luck. Recently I joined pinterest which made me realize I could paint a rug so finding so I have been keeping my eyes open now not for the perfect rug but the perfect rug to accessorize! I forgot I had considered buying a red rug from IKEA several times but didn't because I thought it was too plain, thanks for the reminder on where I need to go! Have you washed your rug since painted, if so how has it held up? Hoping there is paint which can be used on rugs that can also go through the washer! Thank you! Look forward to seeing your future projects! :o)

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