Painted Rug


Do you have a rug that you wish it was a different pattern or color palette? Or do you have an unwanted rug which is taking up your space in your storage or garage, but cannot decide whether you should keep or get rid of it?

Well, there is a solution for these scenarios, and it only takes a good will, some free time and of course some paint to make your unwanted rug still lovable and usable.
My generic, white IKEA rug was neither unwanted nor unsuitable for my decor. However, it was not dog friendly so living with our lovely German Shepherd for almost a year, I had to store away all rugs and live on bare floors. I only brought back the rugs when we were having guests over to make the place more warm and welcoming; and this is the time when I realized that my dog loooved to sit and take a nap on a rug.

Because I love my dog dearly, I decided to make a dog friendly rug. To make it dog friendly I flipped over this white rug, made a design using painters tape, painted and stenciled it, spray painted it with clear polyurethane and voila…my dog now can enjoy his nap time on the freshly painted rug.
Painted Rug
I am not sure whether he likes the dragonfly design though, but I like it for sure.

I used exterior latex paint which we used for the exterior of our house (Sherwin Williams – Foothills) and white latex paint. For stenciling the Dragonflies (which I adore) I used white paint and painted on top of it with Artist Loft craft paint in gold. To create the stencil, I draw a huge dragonfly on a A4 paper and copied it on a piece of transparent vinyl, and then proceeded with cutting off the vinyl parts which I wanted to show on the pattern.
After the paint dried and cured, I sealed it with spray polyurethane. The sealing with polyurethane prevents the fading and “chipping” of the paint and it makes it dog friendly as you can easily clean the rug by just wiping it out with a dump cloth.
Beside making it dog friendly, now I have a two sided rug, as by painting the back side of the rug the original remains intact.
This was a non costly project, as I already had paint leftovers from other projects, and I only spent about 2 hours for painting. I only painted the dark stripes, as the back side of the rug was white.

Do you have an unwanted rug that can be saved by paint?
Linking to: Jennifer Rrizo

Thanks to the following blogsites for featuring this post: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia; Elisabeth Joan Designs; A Blossoming Life; The Turqouise Home; One More Time Events; The Cottage Market; Happiness is Homemade;
Thanks for stopping by.


47 thoughts on “Painted Rug

  1. It looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    1. I am so happy to hear that this design may be the perfect option for your living room. Thanks Nikki for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    1. Thanks Katie for stopping by and for complimenting my dog. I just visitied your blog and linked up this project.Have a great day.

  2. I love this! It turned out so good! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar but had not thought about sealing with poly.
    Cultivate Create

  3. Wow! This rug is beautiful! Love the dragonfly!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
    Emily @

      1. Your awesome project is being featured at Your Designs This Time, Monday 8:00 am EST.
        Emily & Erin @

  4. Hi! I’m visiting via Junkin’ Joe Link Party. What a great idea and such a terrific design. So glad I stopped in. Have a great week-end, Diana
    Adirondack Girl @ Heart

  5. I absolutely LOVE your rug, and your dog is beautiful. I have an 8 yr. old Scottie that is my love. I had an Austrailian Shepherd for 12 yrs. Still mourn for him.
    I have leftover chalk paint. Would that work as well?
    Thank you for the wonderful post.

    1. I sympathize with your mourning for your dog. We lost our previpus German Shephard three years ago and we still mourn for him. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I have never used chack paint for my projects, but according to what I read you can paint everything with this type of paint. I have seen fabric chairs painted with chalk paint so I believe it will work on rugs too.

  6. Beautiful!! I have always wanted to give this a try! Love your German Shepard! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness is Homemade link party, you are being featured so make sure to stop on over on Sunday ans grab our button!

  7. Stopping by to Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and let you know you have been featured this week! Looking forward to see what you have to share this week…Hugs, Tammy

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