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.
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.
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.
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.