Versatile and Beautiful

A natural-fiber rug can look gorgeous in a cottage-style bedroom, kid’s playroom, under a dining table, or outdoors on a patio or deck. Painting your own rug will save money and ensure you get it in exactly the color you want.

Step 1


Measure and Mark for Stripes

Create your workspace. Cover the surface of a flat, level, well-ventilated outdoor area with craft paper. Unfurl the indoor-outdoor area rug along the protected area. Use a measuring tape to decide on the width of the stripes, making sure they are proportionately in check with the shape, scale and size of the rug. Stripes with 8- to 12-inch widths work best with most rug sizes. When the proper size is determined, mark stripe placement with a magic marker.

Step 2


Position Painter’s Tape

After the marks have been made, lay painter’s tape along the outside edges of each mark. This will help denote the difference between which stripes to paint and which stripes to leave natural. NOTE: The narrower taped-off stripes are the ones that will be left unpainted, while the wider areas will be painted.

Step 3


Cover the Unpainted Areas

Use brown craft paper or newspaper to completely cover the stripes that will not be painted. Make sure to not leave any sections exposed; spray paint has a way of getting in places where you don't want it.

Step 4


Cover Decorative Border

Rugs with decorative, contrasting binding borders should use the binding to frame the stripes. In order to protect the binding from spray paint, cover it with painter’s tape.

Step 5


Secure Tape

Once tape has been positioned for all stripes, firmly press the edges of tape to rug. This will help prevent any possible bleeding when the paint is applied.

Step 6



Hold the paint can approximately 8 inches from the surface of the rug, and apply two even coats of paint in an even, controlled manner using spurts. Allow at least two hours' drying time in between each coat of paint to ensure it cures properly to the surface of the rug. Adding a second coat too quickly may cause the paint to bubble. Once both coats of spray paint are dry to the touch, seal the painted stripes with matte-finish acrylic sealant spray.

Step 7


Remove Tape

Carefully pull back painter’s tape from all covered surfaces, ensuring the tape doesn’t cause layers of spray paint to tear. It’s best to do this slowly, otherwise any extra force may pull the paint from the rug.

Step 8


Neat and Nautical

We used our new rug to anchor an outdoor dining area. It gives the setting more formality and is kinder on bare feet.