I’ve been concentrating on my craft room reorganization for the past couple of weeks but recently my hallway floor recently started calling to me, or should I say nagging at me, lol, because it wasn’t done yet.
The floor started bothering me so much that I decided to abandon my craft room, temporarily, and get it done.
When I finished my first painted faux rag rug in the upstairs hallway I knew I was going to paint another one in the open area at the top of the stairs, between two of the bedrooms and the upstairs bathroom.
I measured and masked out the area with painter’s tape.
Then I painted the base of the rug the same light blue colour as the walls, and then Christmas came and it stayed like this until now.
Even though I’m using the same six colours as the first carpet you’ll see how different they look at the end of this post. Just like the first rag rug, I’m using already leftover paints.
First I painted lines in the dark blue.
Then I went with the green.
Notice there are some wonky lines. I don’t worry about that. I just keep on going. Those can always be fixed when the next line of colour is painted.
Next is the bright pink.
Then the light pink and the yellow.
Here it is with the lines all done. Some of the lines are thicker then others and that’s perfectly OK.
The most important tip I can give you when it comes to a painted rag rug is to not overthink it. Just pick each colour and go with it. It’s only paint, and whatever booboos you make can be easily fixed.
Now it’s time to paint the fringe, which is pretty much the most important part of the rag rug. It’s what makes it look authentic, and it’s really easy to do.
My other rag rug had a pink base so I used the light and dark pinks for the fringe. This rag rug has a blue base so I’m using the light and dark blues for the fringe.
I decided that I wanted my fringe to be 2 1/2″ long so I masked out the outer edge to make it easier to paint.
Then I used a very narrow brush and painted lines this way and that way… just willy nilly really… with the light blue paint.
Then I did the same with the dark blue paint.
Here’s a close up of the fringe on one side, just to give you an idea what it looks like.
So here’s my first painted rag rug that I did before Christmas.
You can see how different it looks even though I used all the same colours. With this one the focus was pink because it’s on the way to my craft room.
With this one the focus was more blues and greens.
Except for the base coat I got the rag rug all done this past weekend, along with another coat of white on the hallway floor around the two rag rugs, and two coats of a clear satin water based polyurethane over the entire floor… including the two rag rugs.
I vacuumed the floors several times during this process to catch whatever cat hairs might have been flying around, but with four cats I’m sure there are a few hairs immortalized in the paint and poly. Oh well, I can’t worry about that. If I did I’d never paint anything. lol.
Leo wanted to say hi. lol.
We’re both so glad it’s finally done now. Yay! That’s one more thing off the list that I keep in my brain.
This finished rag rug is about 48″ by 62″, and while the two rugs don’t match… they do go together beautifully because all the same colours were used. Each rug is one of a kind.
Please check out my first painted faux rag rug post for more tips.
Now it’s back to my craft room to finish up just a few more reorganization projects. Hopefully nothing else nags at me so I can stay focused. Ha! That’s a funny one, but I’ll try.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.