*I did this project over 2 days (Day 1-tape, Day 2-paint), but in total, it took me about 6 hours.
What you need:
-White Ikea Rug - ERSLEV (6'x8') - $40.00
-Green FROGTAPE (painters tape) - I feel very strongly that you should get this type of tape.
-Acrylic Latex Paint in eggshell (I got mine from the hardware store)
|This was my first template. |
If you look closely, you can
see the ridges in rug. They
helped a lot with spacing.
1. Make a pattern.
First, I made a template of the chevron pattern on a piece of cardboard, which I used when taping. I also found it easiest to make my pattern two strips of tape wide.
2. Tape, tape, tape!
I used a tape measure to find the middle of the rug and then I taped that line first. The ikea rug I used has horizontal ridges where it is sewn, so it is easy to use them as a guideline to make sure your zig zags are all the same height. That first stripe took the longest, and once that was done, the rest was cake. Finally, I taped down the whole pattern. It took a while, but listening to some good tunes made it go by way faster.
3. Paint, paint paint!
BUT before I painted a stripe, I used a lint brush to pick up any extra fuzzies, and then I pressed down on the tape with the handle to secure it in place. Then I officially started painting. I tried my best to paint in the direction away from the tape because I didn't want my bristles to go under the tape just in case it would run. This part also takes a while.
4. Pull up the tape and see your beautiful rug. Instant Gratification - my favorite part!
Even though the green frogger tape is a million times better than the blue scotch brand, it still wasn't perfect. So if you don't mind a few (and I mean just a few) lines that aren't perfectly straight, you can end your DIY journey here. But if you are anything like me, you may want to try touching it up. I waited until my whole rug was dry and then I used some more tape to fix up some lines. Doing this can slightly affect your zig zag pattern, but it is so slight (just a cm of a difference) that you can't tell. Either way, your rug is ready to impress, and it only cost about $60.00!
|Ta Da! I used a turquoise paint which is why it looks so much like tape. This is my finished product # 2. The second time I painted this rug, I had to make my pattern wider because the tape was thicker. I actually like it more this way.|