Thursday, October 4, 2012

One Rug Challenge - The Reveal


Today is the reveal of our painted rugs. You will recall that the latest brain child of Linda of My Crafty Home Life was that each participant plan and paint a rug over a two week period. See posts 1 and 2.

I am not a DIY type at all and wondered why I had volunteered for this. I have never painted a room in my life, why was I painting a rug? Fast forward....

Here is my runner and I love it. The total cost was:

$49.95 plus tax - Olin runner from Crate and Barrel
$7.50 in materials - Martha Stewart paints and roller kit at Michael's with coupon
30 minutes labor
A glass of Champagne

I used Martha Stewart Multi Purpose Paints in Satin (one bottle of Marmelade and one bottle of Pink Dahlia) and her little foam roller and tray kit and they were all fantastic. I put a towel on the kitchen counter, taped in five minutes with blue painter's tape I had already, painted in ten minutes with one coat of paint and great coverage, threw away the foam roller and plastic tray, and poured myself a glass of Champagne. The perfect DIY for the non DIYer - painting two stripes on a narrow runner!

The original rug shown at bottom that inspired me was over $400 - I was able to create a great copy for $60. I picked up my materials while at Crate and Barrel and Michael's on other errands, so my time spent on gathering materials and execution was very minimal.

So am I now a DIYer? Hardly. The most fun was figuring out how to game the system and paint a rug in a few minutes, not actually doing it. That's why I am an interior designer and not a painter or a wallpaper or a carpenter. I also don't like worrying about my perfect French manicure!

Not go check out how everyone else did -
Chinoiserie Chic

Inspiration Rug

23 comments:

  1. Very great Beth! I love how it matches your inspiration rug and saving $$$$$$ in the process. Smart thinking on the process!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  2. Well it looks like a million. Nice to hear I don't owe you a manicure. Does the dog like it? You don't know it, but you probably inspired people to give this a try.

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  3. Looks fab Beth! You may not be a DIY'er, but I bet you turn out to be a DIY inspirer'er. :)

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  4. LOVE IT! And your comment about not being a DIY-er is exactly how I feel! I come up with the ideas, someone else can execute.... I love being a designer!!!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  5. You crack me up! It looks very nice. FYI, shellac manicures are paint proof. I am constantly scrubbing paint off my nails.

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  6. It looks AMAZING! You know there's going to be a run on this rug and Crate and Barrel!

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  7. FABULOUS JOB!!!! Good for you!!! Ingenious in fact!! My favorite thing: a whole lotta look for not much $$$!!!!

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  8. Oh Beth, I could learn some lessons from you! You know how to live and diy...it's inexpensive, chic and inspirational!

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  9. You are too funny. Love you rug. It looks amazing!

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  10. LOVE IT, Beth! Great job. It is beautiful.
    Happy Thursday,
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  11. I love how your rug turned out!!!! That pink and orange really made it a stand-out! And again, like I said before, I salute you ladies for being Brave enough to do this. Great job and congratulations!

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  12. It looks fantastic Beth. As good as the real thing! Way to go it turned out awesome!

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  13. Wow! Very impressive result. You did it all-saved money and had a great outcome.

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  14. now this is my kind of DIY...the least amount of DIY possible and it looks fantastic. plus 60 bux sure beats 400! great job!

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  15. Woohoo Beth, great job!!
    I love striped rugs!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. Love it Beth. Great job. All of you are so talented. I love seeing all the reveals - Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

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  17. Goodness I love me a pretty striped rug - and a bargain! Well done!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  18. Lesson learned here ... you don't have to totally create the world ... just make it more beautiful ... and that's what you did here!! Bravo!! xo

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  19. Gotta hand it to you....I like how you think...painting 2 stripes! It looks great!

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  20. It turned out amazing! Your rug looks just like the inspiration picture. I love it...now I want to repaint my rug to have a couple colorful stripes!

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  21. Your rug looks beautiful and stylish! You are smart to paint just the two stripes yet the results turned out just as fabulous!

    Enjoy your day!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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