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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

chevron rug diy

here's an awesome diy, if i dare say so, which takes an inexpensive, generic ikea rug and makes it something a whole lot more custom and special!  the chevron (zigzags) pattern is so popular right now i thought it'd be fun to incorporate a little "on trend" item in my home right now!

 i want to say that i came up with this little gem of an idea on my own, but nope....i didn't!  i found an awesome tutorial at house of smiths.  i tweaked things a bit, as far as "how" i did it....however her's was so awesome, i basically 'copied'!  
you don't have to mess with a good idea too much, in my opinion!

so to get this, follow some easy steps....some are a smidge time consuming....but worth it, i think!


awww.....soooo beachy!


the doors leading to our backyard and deck really needed a nicer lil rug than what i had been using!  a scrap piece of our carpet!  boo!


wouldn't have been bad, had i bound the edges, but i never got around to that.....

so....


snagged this from ikea....a tough little rug, that has the non slip grip on the back of it....perfect....


was okay with the sandy colored trim, so taped it off


didn't prime.....just used some white paint i had on hand....rolled it on....took about 10 mins


took 2 coats to really get good coverage....the rug ate the paint up



because there was so much white paint, it wanted to warp a tad, so allowed it to dry, using soup cans as weights


created a template....took a little bit to figure out the math.....even stripes....hurt my brain a bit! :)
on the first tutorial i read, the creator of this diy, created vinyl templates.  i couldn't do that, so i just used cardboard....easy enough.  much better than measuring, drawing lines, and taping each line....would've taken hours!  

used a utility knife and a ruler to cut out the chevron pattern



held down the cardboard as i 'dabbed' the paint in


pulled the tape off, to see how the paint bled through.....decided it didn't matter....it's supposed to be a casual, beachy, not too fussy rug anyways!


LOVE!


think it looks so good with the white floors!





awwww, isn't it perty??!!  :)

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37 comments:

  1. love the colors you used... it is sooo pretty!

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  2. Lovely rug! Your tutorial was great!

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  3. Turned out very nice! love that you've incorporated turquoise!

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  4. I love it, the colors are amazing. Great idea using cardboard as a template, I'm thinking of redoing a dressing in chevron that will make it so much easier.

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  5. Hi Natalie, Love the rug! It looks great and the colors are perfect. Nice job. I've been thinking about doing the chevron pattern on something too, just not sure what yet. I made a sunburst mirror Friday and I am in love. Take a peek. ~Catie

    http://catiescorner2.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-sunburst-mirror.html?spref=fb

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  6. Natalie it turned out super cute!! I've been wanting to do this and your cardboard idea makes it much easier to do. Now, to drive over an hour to the one and only Ikea in Utah! PS Thanks again for the return shout out on your blog yesterday!!

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  7. So pretty! I really love your floors too!

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  8. What a great idea Natalie! It turned out beautiful and your curtains blowing in the breeze are so perfect. :)

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  9. well..THAT's better than the hundreds of dollars i am spending on my zig zag rug at west elm!

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  10. That looks good! You did a great job. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and adding your link!

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  11. It's gorgeous! You have a lovely blog here :)

    Love the rugs..


    Love and luck!

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  12. Beautiful, summery, and beachy. I also love your white floors.

    I'm a new follower and and would love a follow back. funkymomcards.blogspot.com

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  13. i absolutely love this. i am rushing out to ikea right now to buy a rug and start this project! Great blog!
    Lindsay

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  14. oh my that was amazing...Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I’m so glad I clicked over on this! I’m not much for chevron, but I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for rugs when my new craft/storage/laundry room is done...and we already have a cheap old Ikea rug. Thanks so much for this idea...I’ll definitely have to try painting the rug we have on hand!

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  16. LOVE!!! Who knew 'Chevron' could be so DIY attainable? Great step-by-step 'how to' instructions also. You rocked this project :-)

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  17. So cute! I still can't get enough of Chevron stripes...thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Love the blue chevron! What paint colour is that blue?

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  19. Looks amazing! Visiting from Primitive and Proper. I love all of your projects! I'm a new follower.

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  20. Rosa-the color I used was made up mostly of leftover paint I had....Martha stewarts "enamel ware". I wasn't sure if I had enough so I added a little "blue hydrangea" (Benjamin Moore) just to be safe. It was leftover from another project as well. It barely changed the enamel ware color since it's fairly close, so just use the Martha color if u want a similar look!


    Thx everyone!!! :)

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  21. Looks AH-MAZING!! I am totally going to copy you!! I am your newest follower!
    Amy

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  22. Clever, clever, clever. I am going to make 2!

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  23. This is so lovely! You did an aweome job! I found you throught the linky party @TLC. I am your newest follower> Come by and say hi. I am at http://seasidestyle.blogspot.com Have a great Memorial Day!

    Linda

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  24. Just came across this lovely tutorial and your BLOG!!! {Beautiful}!! I am now a follower!! Thank you for sharing this chevron rug tutorial! I Just shared with my lovelies!


    {HUGS} and Blessings,
    Stephanie

    Shop: www.polkadotbungalow.etsy.com
    Blog: www.polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Polka Dot Bungalow

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  25. Love the Chevron Rug Tutorial the color combination is so soft and pretty ...Just popped over from Polka dot Bungalow...

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  26. You are so awesome that I featured you!

    Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  27. The cardboard idea is genius! I've seen chevron templates that looked so impossible, but I love this! :)
    Stoppin' by from HOH!

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  28. LOVE this.... we're moving from CNY to the Cali coast at the end of the summer --- I will be using your tutorial to spruce up an entry! thank you!! :)

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  29. Oh my Gosh ! I love your blog ! Check out my blog : http://nothinlasts.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hello,

    just a question, I tried the chevron rug today, I just love how it looks and want it in my front entrance, well, I got the rug from Ikea, and i painted it crisp white, looked fantastic. Let it dry and then started on the chevron's. I took a piece of gridded heavy cardboard paper. I measured it out and then I painted the chevron's . I didn't dab so much as paint as the paint technique worked better then dabbing (could be the brush i was using?) any ways was so excited to see the finished project, and show it off....and it looks like CRAP!!!! the paint all bled through to the white, some of the chevrons have rounded edges instead of crisp lines...what did i do wrong?? help!!!!!!

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  31. Deanna! I'm glad u tried it and I'm sorry it didn't turn out! I'm not sure why it didn't work for you. When I said "dab" I meant for the edges. Having the paint pushed downwards rather than dragged, seem to decrease the bleeding. In between the edges, I just slathered in the paint. I did use thick cardboard and a utility knife to cut the template, creating really crisp points and lines. I held down the area I was painting with my left hand and painted with my right. Mine is not "perfect" either but as a whole it reads as "really good!". Any spots that bled a little ugly, I just touched up with the white paint.
    Hope that helps! :)

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  33. Nice post and I find this stuff pretty. You did a great job. Big thanks for sharing.


    Charles A

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  34. What a lovely idea! I'm currently redoing my room in black and white chevron so this is perfect! I was wondering if it mattered what kind of rug is used and also, what kind of paint did you use?

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  35. Absolutely fantastic idea. Please could you say whether the paint stands up to ordinary wear and tear?

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