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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DIY Painted Geometric Rug with FrogTape® Textured Surface

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape. All opinions are 100% mine.
An indoor rug goes from drab to fab after a DIY Painted Geometric Makeover with FrogTape® Textured Surface and makes its new home outside, greeting guests with a bright "hello!"

As I mentioned a little bit ago with my daughter's dresser makeover, I'm in full "refresh and re-do" mode right now!  I'm not sure what's gotten into me or if it's something in the warmer air, but I love it!  I just hope I can keep my aspirations reigned in so the hubby doesn't suspect me of wanting to tear down the whole house and rebuild.  Ha!  But he can't complain too much, because this project wasn't on his "honey-do" list. :)  No, I gladly accepted the self-proclaimed challenge to upcycle our entryway rug, and you'll see why. 
Here the sad, dingy-looking thing before I showed it a little TLC (a.k.a slathered it in paint) and gave it a fresh, new appearance with bright, clean colors!

Now, I know what you're thinking...why on earth would you paint a rug when you could just go out and buy a new one?

Did I read your mind?  :)  Well, let me tell you.
A. I couldn't find an outdoor rug that I liked
B. If I paint the rug, it means I can hand-pick the colors
C. If I paint the rug, I get to select my own design and let my creativity run wild, which is something I'm passionate about. :)

Granted, it's more work to paint an old rug than to grab a new one during your shopping run, but store-bought rugs just don't have the character or sentimental value that this hand-painted rug now does for me.  Not to mention, I adore it!
Geometric patterns are in right now, and I've fully jumped on board with the trend with this fun DIY project.  What I especially appreciate about geometrics, as it relates to this rug, are that I can easily design and create my own pattern with just some paint and FrogTape® Textured Surface tape.  See for yourself.
I recommend this method for rugs with small areas.  This technique is also best suited for rugs that will be used outdoors because the paint tends to remove the soft feel of the carpet.  The texture on my rug was also not too "shaggy", so it cooperated perfectly with the paint.

{SUPPLIES}:
FrogTape® Textured Surface painter's tape
White Acrylic Paint
Coordinating Color of Acrylic Paint (I used Bahama Blue by Apple Barrel)
Bristled Paint Brush

Here's a quick FrogTape how-to:
Step 1: Paint the rug white.  This will take a few coats in order to cover the original design and color.  Let dry completely in between coats.

Step 2: When you're satisfied with the paint coverage, mask your rug in the pattern of your choice using FrogTape® Textured Surface Tape.  I tried to ensure that all the lines running in the same direction were parallel to one another.  I did my best, anyway.  :)
Step 3: Run a damp rag along the edges of the tape to start the bonding process.


Check out what happens next with the wonderful FrogTape® Textured Surface Tape.  It will boggle your mind.  :)

Step 4: Grab the Liquid PaintBlock® Edge Sealer, remove the lid, then tightly screw on the lid with the bristles after removing its outer cap. 

Step 5: Run the bristles along the edges of the tape while squeezing the bottle slightly to dispense the liquid. Apply generously to ensure a good bond between tape and rug.  Let dry for 15 minutes.

You can see in the close-up photo above how the Liquid PaintBlock® Edge Sealer™ causes the tape edges to tightly cling to the textured surface.  I could even hear a slight suction sound as I ran the liquid along the tape.  It was quite satisfying and comforting. :)

How does the magic happen, you might ask?  FrogTape® has built-in PaintBlock® Technology that works hand-in-hand with the Liquid PaintBlock® Edge Sealer to form a tight bond and keep unwanted paint out, creating crisp, perfect lines, even on textured surfaces!
Step 6: Paint your second color and let dry completely.  Then immediately remove FrogTape® Textured Surface tape for the big reveal!
Ta da! Look at those sharp, clean lines!  I couldn't be happier with my "new" geometric-patterned rug, made possible by FrogTape® Textured Surface Tape.  The stuff is truly amazing and I'm an adoring fan now.  I love that I can confidently paint on textured surfaces without worrying about paint smudging or bleeding through.  

Be sure to follow FrogTape® on Twitter for more fabulous inspiration!

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Do you love geometric patterns like I do?

Can you think of a textured surface in your home that could use a little or big refresh?  Do tell!

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29 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!!! Great idea and your rug came out darling! Thanks!

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  2. Very cute! Looks like a fun project.

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    1. It was lots of fun, Melissa. Thanks so much!

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  3. So cute! Love the colors you chose! Don't know where I would be without Frog Tape, it was a lifesaver when repainting my kitchen.

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  4. Love this idea!!! It's so hard to find the perfect rug and this makes the hunt so much easier and fun!!!
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks Camila! I agree. Finding a great rug is difficult. This was a perfect way to customize the colors and style.

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  5. I love the pattern you made! and the colors! Did you use acrylic paint for the whole thing? Or was the white spray paint? Super cute re-do.

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes - Crafts, Cooking & Color

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    1. Hi Kristy! I used acrylic paint for the entire thing. I tried white spray paint in the beginning and it didn't have good coverage at all.

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  6. What a cool product! I love the colours you chose here and what a transformation of that rug!

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  7. Adorable! I definitely want to try this! Thank you for the step-by-step approach! I'm going to pin this one!

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  8. Wow! I cannot believe that before! It looks so great now. Love the pattern you used. If you have a second, would you come by and link up with us at The Makers link party at persialou.com?

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  9. Nice! Love Frog tape. And the pattern is really cool.

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  10. I would have never thought to do this. The rug looks great!

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  11. What a fun project! I love the color you chose.

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  12. I'm pretty impressed with all the cool things bloggers are doing with Frog Tape! I need to try this project out sometime this summer! I have an old welcome mat that is looking pretty sad and this would be the perfect way to give it new life!

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  13. Totally fab idea! I have been looking for a new rug for a month, can't find one I like and duh, never occurred to me to paint my own! Thanks for the inspiration :) If you haven't yet, please link up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime! (Sun 8pm ET - Tues 8pm ET).

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  14. The rug is darling-- will the paint hold up on the material with the elements?

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    1. Thanks Emily! The acrylic paint should hold up just fine. Mine endured a few days of rain last week and still looks great.

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  15. What a fabulous upcycle. I would have never thought the ugly before could look so amazing after!

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  16. This looks so pretty! I tried to paint a rug once and the color never showed up. Probably used the wrong paint. This looks so good I'm willing to go for it again!

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  17. That rug makeover is stunning! Love it!! I’d love for you to share this at my Motivational Monday Link Party that I just started today! Feel free to share other old or new posts that fit the theme as well if you have them!

    {http://www.burlapandbabies.com/2014/06/motivational-monday-linky-1.html}

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    1. Thanks for linking up! Just wanted to let you know that you were featured this week over on the blog! Feel free to grab a featured button from the sidebar and we'd love if you stopped by to link up any other posts you feel fit. Thanks again!! Love the rug!

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  18. I totally love this! I have a mat that used to have an M for our initial but it's pretty much worn out now and this would be an awesome idea! Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Roundup!

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  19. You've been featured at Link'n Blogs. Congrats! Stop by to see your feature and link up more fab projects.
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/06/linkn-blogs-28-lets-welcome-our-final.html

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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  20. Oh wow, I love how that rug turned out! Great design too! I featured this on my blog today and I'm just stopping by to pin it! Thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

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  21. Your project is an inspiration. I have been thinking about making a canvas drop cloth into a floor rug, and the Frog tape is the perfect product for that project. Thanks so much for the idea! Keep up the good work.

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