I like DIY[do it yourself] projects – especially projects with a budget. Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you’d hoped so it’s better to have not spent an arm and a leg on supplies. Luckily, this project was under $30 – $14 for the chenille rug [Target ReStyle] and $12 for paint and supplies from Home Depot. For the rug, you’ll want to purchase a flat weave as opposed to a carpet-style loop weave. It needs to be something the paint can stick to…not sink into. You’ll also need to buy two different [but similar] hues of latex paint. I went with two of Martha Stewart’s colors from Home Depot in Sea Glass and Teal because I was giving this final product to Katie for her bathroom…and we all know she has a Martha Stewart and teal problem. The samples [which run around $2.50 a bottle] are more than enough to complete this project. Obviously you’ll also need a paintbrush and painters tape to tape off your design.
I was doing this project for our November issue of the magazine which is why I had Katie there taking her professional photos…and help me tape and paint. Projects are so much more fun with friends.
I chose to do a chevron zig-zag inspired design – alternating the colors each line. We used a dry brush stroke method which is similar to dabbing with a sponge. This leaves a faded look to the paint and the white chenille still comes through in specks.
We had a hard time not pulling the tape off before finishing because we were so excited to see how it would turn out…HURRY!