striped rug before + aftergeometric rug before + after

Really it’s as easy as the three words in the description. It hardly even needs a blog post. But I think all proud doers of a DIY project should post their results, if only to make it seem more realisti

c to others. So here’s how mine turned out! (ps. just so I’m not made fun of >too< much: yes, the before’s are totally photoshopped. I’ll get better. Also.. Maybe I’ll actually discipline myself to take before pictures.)

The top Ikea rug was free to me, but is also one of the cheapest ones they sell at Ikea. The black rug is from Ross. Seriously, if you’re redecorating you should make Ross your first stop. Totally hit or miss and you might have better luck at one store more than another, but I’ve found big rugs, huge mirrors, sweet little decor pieces, and some of my favorite bedding on the CHEAP. Check it out. You can always return the stuff if you find something you like better at another store.

The brown rug is flat woven (the scratchy feeling type) and the black rug is more low pile (flat but soft.) The flat woven was much easier to paint over, but with patience, dabbing, and lots of paint, the low pile worked too! My friend, and fellow crafter, Brita and I painted rugs with FREE house paint from Craigslist. We used your typical cheap paint brush, eyeballed some lines and taped it off and went for it! They dried nicely. In the sun. I placed one at the foot of our bed and the other under our dining table. They’ve held up better than I anticipated. Definitely not the softest for standing on, but I love them for a pop of color!



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Petite Modern Life

Petite Modern Life

I'm Karisa. I live just outside of Seattle with my husband Michael {Mr. G}, our two cats, Rue and Archimedes, and our new Australian Shepherd pup in crime, Moose. We are do-it-yourself enthusiasts. I'm the dreamer, he's the strategist, and teamed up we get it done. In January 2014 we purchased our first house! The many adventures of remodeling, decorating, and inevitable redecorating will be documented here. I was born and raised in the PNW & I love the PNW life. Mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, trees, rain, and sun: every sight & season has its own flavor & tune. It inspires in me activity, coziness, and sprees of creativity. I'm rather obsessed with white paint, natural light, homemade pizza, and a glass of red wine.

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