Like everyone on Pinterest it seems, I decided to also paint my own IKEA Egeby rug. It amazes me that for a $40 rug and a bit of time you can have something that is totally custom.
I did a lot of serching on blogs to work out what kind of paint to use. Everyone seemed to suggest latex paint, but it's not really known by that name here in Australia. I ended up settling on plain old interior low sheen wall paint and just used sample pots I had at home. Bargain! This rug is for my kitchen, so I decided on a colour scheme of grey, white and a pop of mustard yellow.
First step was to tape up the edge of my rug and paint it yellow. I just used a cheap paintbrush, and absolutely massacred it. Rather than paint straight over the rug, I kind of dabbed the paint on so it really got into the little holes. It takes a while!
Woah, that's a lot of yellow going on! Never fear. Next comes The.Slowest.Job.In.The.World. Taping out the pattern, I'm sure I could have used a vinyl template, but I find this works well, and I can just paint over the tape and not have to be exceptionally careful.
I love the herringbone pattern. I didn't want a very deep 'V' so after dividng the rug into 4 accross ways, I used 2cm wide painters tape, and measured up 8cm then taped. Each gap was then 8cm high.
Then comes the fun part. More paint! I used grey and white paint, and obviously just painted every second gap.
And voila! After the grey goes on and the tape comes off. I love it!
I was going to leave the border au natural, but a) I got a few paint marks on it (oops) and b) I don't think it looks as good with this colour scheme. So, unfortunately there was more taping as I taped the inside of the rug, and just used the same paint to cover the edge. Much better, yes?
Here it is in it's new home. I love it!
Have you guys painted a rug yourselves? I can't get over how easy it is, for so much impact.