Dress up a sisal rug with painted stripes.
This is a quick way to revive an old sisal rug and add colour underfoot. A variegated stripe is stylish and simple to do. (Watch the video as Michael Penney demonstrates how to make this painted rug and a personalised sisal doormat.)
- Edged, flatwoven sisal rug
- Quart of latex paint (use outdoor paint if you plan to use the rug on a deck outdoors)
- Small foam roller
- Painter's tape
- Tape measure
Step 1: Map out a pattern
To start, map out lines with chalk, then mark them with painter's tape. I made groupings of painted lines — 1" and 6" wide — and spaced them about 1 3/4" apart. For best results, the lines should follow the rug's natural grain.
Step 2: Paint on stripes with a small roller
Before painting, make sure the tape is securely stuck to the rug. If the rug has a fabric border, cover it with tape to ensure a crisp, clean edge. Using a small foam roller, paint the rug between the strips of tape. I considered using sorbet shades but ultimately fell for Sherwin-Williams High Strung (SW6705), a fresh, summery green.
3. Let dry and remove tape
Apply three to five coats of paint, allowing rug to dry between coats. Dry overnight and remove tape in the morning. I love this look for a cottage bedroom, a screened-in porch or a casual living room that needs a bit of colour. Keep in mind that sun, rain and heavy foot traffic may eventually cause the paint to chip or fade.
Rug (unpainted), Ikea; chair, Windsor Workshop.