Hand-painted Graphic Rug

I love graphic prints. I love carpets and rugs for the home. The problem? Classic or Trendy, Antique or Contemporary,  Hand-Woven or Machine Loomed, they’re so DANG expensive!

This is a cheap and easy way to bring a bold graphic print into your home. It takes about 3 full days to complete once you have the materials.

I used an Ikea ERSLEV rug  (4’7″ x 6’7″ is $39.99). I used the larger size of 5’11” x 8’2″ which is $59.99.

Next, decide a paint color. It needs to be a latex-based paint for easy application and max breathability. You can get quarts at any hardware/home improvement store for about $10. I chose the cool, deep gray to anchor some other furniture and accessories it will be around. I also wanted a bit of a shine to the final product, so i got a quart of polyurethane sealant. This is optional, but will increase the lifespan of the paint by protecting it, especially if you plan to put the rug in a room with high foot traffic (it also will make it a bit easier to clean!).

I found a pattern that I liked and traced it on cardboard to create a template. Then used the template to draw the pattern in pencil on the rug.

Once everything is lined up and you are happy with it, the hard part is over! Now put on some music, grab a drink, and start painting!

I found it easier to paint in 2 waves. I used a big, wide coverage brush for the large areas first, then went over again with a smaller, detailed brush to get the pattern right.

Letting the sealant dry…

Ta-dah! I can’t wait to complete the room it will go in. Have you painted a graphic rug? I’d love to see the results or know if you did anything differently!


2 thoughts on “Hand-painted Graphic Rug

  1. Carolyn says:

    Does your rug feel crunchy? I was thinking of doing this with fabric paint.

    • honeycombss says:

      Hi Carolyn, I’ve seen some friends painted rugs who used a non-latex paint and it felt crunchy. I’m not sure if its because I used a latex-based paint or because I coated the entire surface with sealant, but luckily mine is ok. No one wants a crunchy rug! 🙂

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