September 20, 2012

paint a rug party - week 1

Be honest. Painting a rug sounds like a good time, right? You know it does!

That's why when my friend Linda at My Crafty Home Life suggested a rug painting party I said, "your rug or mine". I never turn down a good party. (My, how the definition of 'party' has changed over the years.)

Actually this is the kick in the pants I've needed to take care of some naked floors around the house.  The hallway, kitchen and foyer are all in need of some coverage but I've never found anything I liked that was at the right price. We'll see how this rug turns out to see which lucky location gets to wear it.

Here is my subject.

And here is my inspiration.
via Pinterest
I'm going Chippendale.

I had wanted to do this pattern on our railings when we redid the deck, but a small deck spruce turned into a bigger project and well, you know how that goes. So this is my way of getting the look without pulling out the miter saw.

The only remaining decision is color(s) and that is still TBD.

I'm not usually one for logistics when it comes to this stuff but I did do a bit of research and found two great tutorials, here and here, that I think will help with the details. 

So with that, let the games begin.

Oh, and it should be noted - I have 1. never painted a rug 2. a very infantile brain that cannot think in negative space 3. very limited patience for any type of exact measurements and 4. a great ability to laugh at myself when this all goes haywire.

And be sure to check in on each of the other lovelies who are partying with me. We'll be reporting on our progress each Thursday for the next three weeks.

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Now let's pop the cork and get started!

27 comments:

  1. so glad you are doing this with me. I need a kick in the butt to get mine in gear.

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  2. I love your chippendale idea! It should be fun.

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  3. Love the pattern you have chosen! This is going to be fun (interesting?)!

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  4. I love your idea. I toyed with a design that would make me crazy and laziness prevailed. Good luck.

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  5. Love your idea for the rung, but let me just report that those GARAGE DOORS make me weak in the knees. I wish I could do 2 of those in my garage! yikes, they are spectacular. Best of luck Elizabeth! you can do it!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  6. It's going to be amazing - can't wait to follow along!

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  7. I am so jealous that I did not think of Chippendale. OK, you do it first, and then I will copy you.

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  8. Seriously, Chippendale!! Can't wait! Thanks for the tutorials, headed over to check them out, as I need all the tips I can get!

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  9. I love the Chippendale idea. What about navy blue?

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  10. Oooo. Chippendale is such a brilliant idea! With your DIY skills you can make this happen easily!

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  11. can't wait to see what ya'll come up with! love the chippendale theme!

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  12. Yay Chippendale! Can't wait to see how you pull this one off! That said, I have every confidence in you!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  13. Can't wait to see what all you ladies come up with!!

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  14. Love the idea! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  15. Oohh...cant wait to see this! Your artistic talent combined with your sense of humor and eye for design will make a beautiful rug...and at the very least, a great blog post to read! Bring on the Chippendale!

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  16. Oh my gosh I'm so excited for this!!! I have been wanting to paint a rug for a while now, and since while reading through your "1-4" about yourself I was nodding along and going "yep, that's me too.." I'll see how you do with your rug and then maybe it'll give me the courage to try one too!! I can't wait to watch you party!! :D
    Oh yeah and I don't think I ever replied back about your front door, but I LOVE how you did it!!! I have filed that idea away for later because I want to do the same thing!! I love it so much!!!

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  17. Chippy! My fav, too. Lovn' the tutorials, thx!

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  18. Wow, good luck! I'm sure it will look really nice but the process would make me nervous to do myself. :)

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  19. Can't wait to see how this turns out! I have been wanting to do this myself, but I am a bit scared.

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  20. I can't wait to see all the rugs!!! you ladies are BRAVE to do this! :-) Have a great weekend!

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  21. Can't wait to see how this turns out. I have exactly the same limitations and my other half wants a plain sisal rug for his man cave. I'm thinking in time, I can convince him to let me have some fun with it ;) (Shhhhh he doesn't know that yet)

    Also, the pattern is awesome. IF we had gotten around to redoing our deck this summer (it was cold and rainy so that didn't happen), I had chippendale railings in mind as well! Oooh great minds and all that. xxx

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  22. ok so don't keep us hanging! I am pumped to know how it turned out!!? Thanks for your comment on my blog . .thrilled to have found yours too!
    lovT

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  23. i am curious to see what it looks like. i once painted a rug but i used a painters drop cloth. it spruced up my outdoor laundry nook and it did the trick. over time, though, it became sad looking but hello, it was outside. but it was really fun to paint. i will have to step it up sometime and paint a jute one, one day!

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