When I finished painting the hallway floor I really wanted to try painting a faux rag rug, and I’m so happy that I actually went ahead and did it.
You see, there was a bit of a battle going on here because that nay-saying little voice that sometimes sits on my shoulder was saying things like, “Are you crazy girl?” and “Have you totally lost your colour-loving mind?”
Thankfully, the crazy little girl that still lives inside me was happily perched on my other shoulder and she answered by kicking its sorry butt into oblivion. Freeing my world for creating once again. Yay!!!
So now it’s on to sharing how to go about painting a faux rag rug… as created by this crazy girl’s colour-loving mind.
For me rag rugs have a real vintage cottagy charm about them, and if you have an old wooden floor like mine they’re the perfect type of faux rug to paint because the floor kinda works with the whole idea.
It’s important to give the floor a thorough vacuuming at the beginning and between each painting step. Not fun I know, but it’s especially important in my house of cats.
To paint my crazy rag rug I used a bunch of leftover paints from my stash.
Painting a Faux Rag Rug
First I painted the area for the rag rug with a base coat of OOOPS light pink.
It’s better to use a light colour as the base coat, or even the white floor colour if you like. For me I chose to paint in the frame so it gives me something to work with when it comes to the edges of the rug.
I didn’t bother to tape it off, I just did it by hand.
I found a bunch of small brushes at the dollar store.
I reused some aluminum frozen meat pie containers to hold my paint colours.
I didn’t end up using the very pale green and blue colours because they were just too light.
I just hand painted lines over the pink paint.
When it came to the colour order I just winged it. I don’t like to think too much about these things because if I do I always get stalled before even starting.
It’s best for me to just jump in and go for it.
I did a small section of the rug at a time, first with the hot pink.
This way I could fill in with different colours while the others would dry as I worked my way down the rug.
Next was a lime green.
You can see how I’m working my way down as I go.
Then a dark but bright blue…
and a sky kinda lighter blue.
It doesn’t matter that it looks wonky close up. No real rag rug has perfectly straight lines so a faux one shouldn’t either, and this isn’t how it’ll be seen every day.
This is how it’ll usually be seen.
I made sure to leave lines of the light pink showing through, and filled in with the last colour… a sweet yellow.
Once I had made my way all the way down the rug I went back and filled in with coloured lines wherever I thought they were needed.
After cleaning up the edges with some white paint it was on to painting the fringe, which was really quite easy.
I taped off the area where I was painting the fringe. You could wing it, but this makes it so much easier… especially helping to keep the ends of the fringe even.
The beauty of a faux painted rug is I can make the fringe any colour I want, and since my base is pink I chose tp use that and the hot pink.
I started out by painting lines with the light pink paint. Just randomly… some this way and some that way… not thinking about it too much.
Here’s the light pink done.
I let that dry for about 30 minutes and then I went over it with hot pink lines… again just randomly.
This gives the fringe some definition and depth.
Here’s one end done.
And here’s the other.
Painting a faux rag rug is a little time consuming, (it took me a couple of Sunday afternoons) but really not that difficult… and it can be customized to any decor just by changing the colours used.
I’m planning to add a top coat or two of a stays clear matte polyurethane, and I need to get some quarter round molding down at the baseboard too.
If you’re a little more sane than I am (and how could you not be? lol) you could leave it at two or three colours, but I wanted my rag rug to be just a little bit crazy… to make me giggle like a girl every time I walk over it on the way to my craft room… and it does!
It makes my little girl heart happy.
Is your nay-saying little voice stopping you from trying something with your decor? I’m so glad I didn’t listen to mine.
I’m quite happy with how my rag rug turned out. It reminds me of one my mother made for me years ago. She used to make rag rugs on a large loom and I still have a few downstairs. With four cats this faux rag rug will be much easier to keep clean than a real one. Cat hair won’t stick to it, and it won’t have to be put in the washer when it needs cleaning. I’m all for less laundry. lol.
I’ve already decided to paint another one in the centre area of the hallway, but that’ll have to wait until after the holiday season. Now I have to get on with some Christmas decorating.
UPDATE: I painted a blue based faux rag rug at the other end of the hallway.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.