How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug

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How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: The finished project

This painted rug will be a striking addition to the floor of any room. Follow the step-by-step instructions for this DIY project. We also have downloadable instructions you can print.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 24-48 hours, including taping, measuring and drying time
Cost: About $120

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Step 1

Make sure your floor is clean. Then mark the outside dimensions of your 5-foot x 7-foot rug with a pencil and tape just outside the lines.

Leave the pencil marks exposed so they will be painted over.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Taping the perimeter of the painted rug


Step 2

Prime your floor with oil-based primer. Use a 9-inch roller attached to a painter’s pole to cover the interior of your taped rectangle.

Apply two coats, and wait about two hours between coats.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Applying primer


Step 3

After you have allowed the primer to dry completely, apply your first coat of Behr Porch & Floor Paint (Crème De Caramel); wait four hours and apply your second coat.

Allow this base color to dry for about six hours.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Painting the first coat


Step 4

Now begin drawing the lines of the stripes. Starting at one end of your rectangle going lengthwise, use a tape measure to mark off every 6 inches to the opposite end. Do this on both sides of the rectangle, and then connect the two marks by drawing a straight line with a yardstick.

Tape off every alternating stripe, leaving the pencil marks exposed inside the area to be painted.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Measuring and marking the stripes


Step 5

Now you can begin painting your stripes using the Behr Ultra Sandstone Cove.

After your first coat, wait four hours, then apply your second coat.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Painting the stripes


Step 6

Allow the second coat to dry about two hours, then remove the tape. Pull the tape off at a 45-degree angle; this will help the tape break free from the painted edge without pulling up the fresh paint.

Allow 24 hours cure time before putting your new rug to use.

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: Removing the painter's tape


Step 7

The result: a beautiful painted rug as a focal point for your room!

How to Create an Indoor Painted Rug: The finished project

 Download printable instructions for this DIY painted rug and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

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