Thursday, October 4, 2012

diy suzani rug...


I'm so glad I kept an open mind and kept painting, layering and tweaking. 
I love it now, but it was one of those projects that had me questioning
 my vision, color choices and sanity. 

When I gave you a progress report last week I was on the fence about the colors
 I'd already started painting, but that all took a turn for the better the day I received my
 Traditional Home magazine in the mail...and the Kravet ad on the back validated it! 


On to the fun photos, and then I'll fill you in on the process...








Easy ....check
Inexpensive...check
Time Consuming...check, check, check!

Week 1 - Here for Ikea rug, free download stencils, plastic for stencils

Week 2 - Here for Cutting Stencils, Adhesive & Stenciling

I read several different tutorials all using a variety of paints,
 I just used the black I had on hand, and didn't use any fabric medium.
 The rug isn't hard or stiff, and feels like a typical natural weave rug.

Paint & Colors:
Black - Interior/Exterior Latex House Paint
Mulberry - Americana Acrylic Craft Paint
Forest Moss - FolkArt Acrylic Craft Paint

To create the decorative border I used a portion of one of the stencils, and a
Sharpie continuing around the entire perimeter.



I thought it needed something more, and had this scroll stencil from years ago,
it filled in the negative space well. I didn't worry about it not fitting perfectly,
that's the beauty of this type of hand stenciled rug, it's not perfect!


I considered lightly sanding the rug to give it a worn look, but I chickened out and
decided to let it wear naturally.

 I used Scotch Gard Fabric Protector as suggested by
 Jen @ Tattertots & Jello here , she has several great tips for painting rugs.
(If you haven't ever seen my Scotch Gard test check it here.)

A big thank you to Linda @ My Crafty Home Life for coming up with the idea and inspiring
 us to try something new ~ now go check out all the fabulous rug reveals from these ladies...


Trapped In North Jersey

Join me at these parties for more diy inspiration:

Savvy Southern Style - Wow us Wednesdays here
Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday's Treasures here
Home Stories A to Z - Tips and Tutorials here
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84 comments:

Sophia's said...

Gorgeous!! I love it and the colors are perfect!

ChicLiving said...

This looks amazing! I love the suzani and your color choices :)

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Holy smokes, it looks awesome! And your newly upholstered chair complements it perfectly!

Cheryl Thornton said...

you did an amazing job...its beautiful - be proud!

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

Pam, I'm sitting here with my 10 year old and we both can't believe that is a painted rug!! It looks so amazing! All the detail and the colors - love it! Also the sneak peek of the chair - gorgeous!!!!

Laura said...

OH.MY.
That is absolutely fabulous.
You did an amazing job.
And now I am obsessed with that peek of your coffee table sitting on that pale cowhide rug!

Do you have a photo of that?

Laura
White Spray Paint

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

I am seriously speechless. Please don't go look at my rug :) Ps...your photos make me want to paint my back door black!

ECKDesign said...

BEAUTIFUL!.... and you have alot of patience that I dont have! ;oP

Holly said...

I can't believe you painted that. Never would have guessed that was painted if I hadn't read this post or knew the background to the project. Props to you Pam - it looks awesome!

charmaine said...

This is awesome, Pam! Beautiful!

Dana Frieling said...

Your rug is just like great designing...it takes layers to make it fabulous! Your hard work paid off, it's beautiful. Love the chair, too!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

That is really amazing! Wish mine was that cute.

Denise Greenwood said...

Beautiful!!

Nancy said...

FANTASTIC Pam! It really looks amazing. Your design sense is perfect, and I see Rio loves it, too. It really is the best job. Congratulations on another stellar project!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

It looks amazing Pam! I would buy a rug that looks that pretty! You're so inspiring :)

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh wow, Pam! So pretty! I'm so impressed with how clean all of the edges turned out. And your little chair adds the perfect touch! Don't you love those little reassuring bits like the magazine? Beautiful entry vignette!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is so awesome Pam! Glad you kept going! My rug inside my front door is looking tired - I should paint it to get some more wear out of it :) isn't it funny how with painted projects you can think you are not liking it but if you just keep going you love it in the end. miss mustard seed even has said the same thing and I always think - if mms feels that way then i can just keep going and I will get it like I want it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SHUT UP! you totally knocked it out of the park!!!!!!!! t doesn't look painted at all!!!! WOW.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

OMGosh, I cant believe you did this..It looks fantastic. So professional looking. I'm blown away!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Pam, I am more than in awe!! Had no idea that painting a rug could turn out anywhere near as beautiful this!!!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

WOW. Simply amazing!!!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

OMG, OMG, OMG, you killed it!! This is stunning and inspires me to do one like it. Your colors are perfect...your entry is beautiful. Great job. Cute dog!

Beth Connolly said...

Fantastic job - very impressive!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

It looks great! Maybe you should make it a career!

Cathy Wall said...

OMG!!! AS I imagined, this turned out fabulously Pam! Your are one skilled girl with a vision, the rug is stunning and is perfect in this space. Bravo to you!!!!

Amanda said...

WOW! It turned out great Pam!

Kelly said...

So amazing. This looks like a crazy expensive rug! Kuddos to you for seeing how all of those stencils fit together. Love it.

Lori said...

BOTB! It is stunning! You truly are an artist. Grandma's chair looks amazing too- love the fabric.

The Pink Pagoda said...

This is unbelievable. It does so not look DIY. Very impressive!!!

Maribeth said...

Your projec is by far the BEST!!! I looked at all of the ones that were done and nothing compares. Great work.

Awed in Arvada said...

I just looked at ALL of the other rugs--your's is a slam dunk! So detailed, beautiful design and colors. In a league of your own!

Suzie said...

Not bad for a first try:) Those would make sweet little neighbor gifts.

Leslie said...

Such great colors Pam :) You are so talented!

pam {simple details} said...

Thanks so much everyone for your kind comments! If you haven't seen the other rugs yet, don't miss them ~ I'm inspired to do about five more!

Vel Criste said...

wow! Can't believe this is a DIY project - very professionally made!! Great job on this! yours is the most intricately detailed thus far! I was commending everyone for braving this task but you seemed to be a natural at this!:-)

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Your rug looks like it came straight out of a magazine, or off a showroom floor ...gorgeous! Love the colors and the patterns! And it looks great, paired with the pretty chair! I painted a monogram on one of Ikea's outdoor round rugs, last January. It's held up well!

Ann said...

Today was my first visit to your blog, but it won't be my last! I came to see your painted rug. Having looked at all of the Rug Challenge entries, I have to say that yours is the best, by far. I love the Donghia Suzani that apparently inspired you, but your own touches are what really made your design. I can't wait to go back and read your older posts to see what else you have done. I feel as if I have just stumbled upon a gold mine of design ideas.

cindy said...

I hope you are proud because you should be! You did a beautiful job and it looks great in the entry with the hydrangeas, the dotty fabric on the chair and Rio and his bone. You are blessed with the wonderful gift of patience!

Morgan said...

Wow! It turned out perfectly! That definitely does not look like a rug that's been painted - it looks like it popped straight out of a store. :)

Karena said...

Pam this rug is just fabulous; Bravo!! Great job!

I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Pumpkins from Love Feast-if you would like to enter!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I am glad you went with a suzani pattern and stayed with your initial color choices. It is quite stunning and the chair looks great against it, too, Pam! I am sure you are thrilled! I know I woul

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

....finishing my sentence.....I know I would be :)

Chateau À Gogo said...

Wow that turned out great. I love seeing everyone's rug reveals and finding new blogs to follow - Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

Brie - Breezy Pink Daisies said...

WOW! This is amazing! I can't believe you didn't buy it. And yes, you made a fabulous color choice!!

Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

Sheila said...

The rug is gorgeous. I can't believe it's painted. Green and purple are smashing together. Love the chair redo to. It's all goes so well together, and I just had to comment on your measuring cup paint basin. I look just like mine, the one that my husbands keeps griping about. He says "those are for measuring not for your painting projects" Ha, this is proof that they are for painting. LOL

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Wow!!! Your rug is fabulous. The colors are beautiful and your design is equally impressive. It looks beautiful in your entry. Congratulations on a job well done!

Danielle said...

I can't believe you painted that! Wow. So amazing and I think the colors look great! x

pendy said...

Gorgeous!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

This is amazing! It doesn't look like a DIY project at all - so impressed!

Betty said...

After looking at all the rugs, I like yours best by far! Great job.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW WOW WOW! I can't believe you did this! I mean I can, it just looks like you bought it from a store and laid it down! This is amazing!
XO
Kristin

SHERRY HART said...

Shut the front door....for real! It looks like you bought that at a store. It is perfect and looks great with the chair, the art and everything. Dang, I wish we were neighbors so I could talk you into doing one for me :)

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Oh my goodness- amazing! You really did that?!? Incredible. One of the best DIY projects I have seen in a long time! Now can you please make one for me? :)

Samantha Horseman said...

LOVE THIS RUG!!!! It turned out so amazing and now I want to do my own :)I'm a new follower and I would love for you to follow back!

http://designerinteal.blogspot.com

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Pam! That is really all I can say. Your rug turned out Incredible. I cannot believe you painted it, it is amazing. I cannot believe you had the patience to add such detail, but it definitely paid off.

The Governors Daughter said...

i am so impressed! does not look like the typical diy...

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

Pam, I think your rug is incredible! I love the layering of the brighter green filling in the negative space - that really sealed the deal for me! I am so impressed with the outcome of this project, and so glad you persevered with an open mind. This really is an amazing creation! Just love it :-)

Calypso In The Country said...

Wow Pam it looks amazing! And I love how Rio snuck in there...
-Shelley

Nantucket Daffodil said...


This is gorgeous! Nice work! Your foyer looks so inviting!

Catherine said...

Stunning!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

AMAZING!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow....that is absolutely stunning....looks like lots of work but the end result is spectacular!!!....Great job Pam!!...A true standing ovation!

Meredith and the New Yorkie said...

Cannot get over your rug! It is gorgeous, and Gwyneth is so glad to see that Rio approves as well! Your talents are endless, Pam!

xoxo,
mk & Gwynnie

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I cannot believe you painted that! It's absolutely amazing and my favorite rug from the party. Seriously gorgeous!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What??? That's DIY??? It is a masterpiece!

Courtney said...

Awesome job!!

Suzy said...

This is just gorgeous! I love the colors that you used and the layering of all the different stencils. Great, great job!!!

Cindy Ritchie said...

It's spectacular! I love the colors sand the pattern too.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I am so pinning this! I absolutely love it!!! The colors are wonderful!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, i could NEVER have kept it all straight and correct. this is amazing!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Oh My Word! That is absolutely beautiful. You did an amazing job and you have a ton of patience. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from WUW. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Pam,

Stunning! I'm so impressed!

And I think my favorite beauty shop is with your adorable "puppy" claiming the rug as his (her?) own ...

:)

Linda

Claire said...

Wanted you to know I featured your amazing runner on my Saturday favorites- have a great weekend! Claire

Hillcrest Acres said...

Love, love, love your rug!!!

Kathryn said...

Wow! Capital A, Double M, -AYZING! I think I'll just be echoing all the other commenters, but I'll say it anyway: that rug looks absolutely professionally done, like it came from some fancy Persian rug showroom! Again, AMAZING!
A new follower,
Kathryn

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your rug is gorgeous!!!

Deborah H. Bateman said...

Thanks for sharing this post. You did a beautiful job on this rug. I wouldn't mind having one myself. I got your link from Savvy Southern Style blog linkup. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

Angela LeMire said...

Great transformation! Love to see other Denver bloggers! Thanks, Angela @ http://mrswhitetwigandtea.com

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I have a rug like this that got ruined because I had to have it steam cleaned (due to a pet who forgot to go outside.) The water stains are too random to cover up, but you have made me think @ covering the whole are with a solid color, then adding a design. I am definitely going to think about it!

Kelli W said...

That looks awesome! I never would have guessed that it was a diy project! I bought a rug sometime last year with the intentions of painting it and I just got around to it. Stopping by from TT&J.

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

SERIOUSLY awesome! I totally love your design and colors. I am so afraid I would muck it up on the last step and ruin the entire thing! If you have a sec, I would love for you to share at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands.
xxx
Kim
http://too-much-time.com/2012/11/get-schooled-saturday-47.html

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

Fabulous rug! It's gorgeous! I love the colors and designs. I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!

T'onna
http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-6.html

Anonymous said...

Love the rug! It is gorgeous! I tried opening your links and did not get the stencil or the instructions for cutting it? Could you send to me so I could try and make it myself?
robinrosevear@yahoo.ca

Stacy Curran said...

You are a design goddess. I am speechless! This better win all sorts of "Best of 2013" projects. I mean it - this is amazing
Stacy

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