New area rugs can be very expensive. Save some money and make a rug. We turned a plain, inexpensive carpet remnant into this gorgeous area rug with upholstery paint and a few rolls of painter's tape.

Step 1


Lay out the carpet remnant on the drop cloths. Make sure it is even and square at the edges.

Step 2


Measure the Stripes

Start your striped pattern on one side by measuring out the width of your stripes. The painter's tape will cover some of the carpet, so remember to include it in your measuring.

Step 3

Lay Down Tape and Cover Beyond

Press the painter's tape down firmly into the rug to help keep the upholstery spray paint from leaking underneath it. Use two strips for extra coverage. Then cover the rug on each side of the tape VERY well. We used another drop cloth and brown paper to make sure the paint's spray didn't get past the intended stripe. Cover at least a minimum of six inches on both sides of the tape.

Step 4

Apply Paint

Spray flat and straight. Do not shake the paint can over the stripe. Evenly spread out the spray paint. Do not go heavy because it will drip off of the painter's tape onto the rug. If it seems to puddle a little on the tape, use a rag to carefully dab it off. Let it dry completely. A second coat may be necessary in some areas. Follow the instructions on the can.

Step 5

Work Out From the Ends

Move to the other side of the rug and continue working while the first side is drying.

Step 6

Remove the Tape

After an hour or so, test for wetness, then remove the tape. Make sure the line is dry before moving anything over it.

Step 7

Continue the Pattern

Create random width and size stripes with the colors and tape. Continue moving in on both sides until the rug is complete.

Step 8


Let Dry

Let dry completely (at least 8 hours) before rolling, preferably overnight if you can.