DIY Painted Rug with a Colorful Kilim Style Pattern

Stacy Risenmay

Article Posted By: Stacy Risenmay

of Not Just A Housewife

How to Make a Kilim Style Painted Rug

I am currently obsessed with Turkish kilim rugs. If you have ever checked them out, you know they can be super expensive, and they come in nontraditional sizes. I really wanted a small rug for my entry, but they don’t usually come as small as 2 x 3. I decided to create a painted rug to look similar to a kilim rug!

I bought an inexpensive cotton rug and then headed to The Home Depot to get the supplies for my DIY painted rug.

DIY Kilim-Style Painted Rug

Materials needed for a DIY painted rug


Step 1

I started out by finding the center of my rug, then marking it, using both a ruler and a sharpie.

Marking the center spot of a small rug for a DIY painted rug project

Step 2

While looking at my inspiration photo, I used painter’s tape to create the first part of the design. While some of it will have to be eyeballed–the angles, for example–I made all of the lines that made points the same length (2.5 inches).

Using painter's tape to create a kilim-style pattern for a painted rug

Step 3

I used a foam brush to apply the paint.

If your paint is on the thick side add some water to thin it a bit. You want it to absorb into the cotton rug and not just sit on top.

Using a foam brush to paint a kilim design onto a small cotton rug

Step 4

I then taped the next part of the design using the same measurement for the points.

Using painter's tape to mark a kilim-style design onto a small cotton rug

Step 5

I used a foam brush again to paint most of this section, but I used a smaller brush along the edge.

Using a foam brush to paint a kilim pattern onto a rug

Step 6

Because I wanted the next part of the design to be white and the rug is already white, I had to tape it in reverse.

It took me a second to change the way I thought about applying the tape in the opposite way. The tape was covering the inside of the design instead of the outside. It’s just crucial that Make sure your points are lined up.

Using painter's tape to mark off sections of a rug for a DIY painted rug project

Painter's tape marks off a section to be painted in a painted rug project

Step 7

Then I painted the next area navy. I didn’t want to have to wait for that section to dry before starting on the strips, so I started on the ends and worked my way toward the center. Note: Keep paper towels on hand for when you make a mess. I spilled hot pink paint all over the floor and got paint on my hands more than once!

Painting sections of a kilim-style rug

I used a small paint brush for the smaller stripes and to get crisp lines where the two colors meet.

It got be a bit tedious but I kept chanting “You are saving so much money and getting exactly what you want!” I should have put a movie on while I worked. But the whole rug only took me one day to complete.

I bought sandpaper thinking I would sand it a bit to make it look aged just like the vintage Turkish rugs do, but then I realized I live with five guys and they will take care of the “aging” process. But it is an option if you want to go that route.

Using a small brush to paint a small stripe onto a rug

Using a paper towel to clean a small mess made while painting a rug

How to Make a Kilim Style Painted Rug

I am happy with how it turned out! I gave some much needed color to my small entry.

How to Make a Kilim Style Painted Rug

Stacy Risemay blogs at Not Just a Housewife.

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