My Insanely Awesome DIY Outdoor Rug!July 09, 2012 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized
I would’ve never come up with this rug if it hadn’t been for the great results we got from our DIY chevron doormats at the last Design Improvised DIY Night. Who knew it would be so easy to transform a rug with just masking tape and spray paint? I figured the same idea could be achieved on a larger scale.
Supplies for DIY Outdoor Rug
- Inexpensive plain outdoor rug (I found a very basic indoor / outdoor rug for only $19.99 at Target)
- 1 roll of 2-inch thick masking tape
- Outdoor spray paint – I recommend Rust-Oleum Painters Touch (I used about 3.5 cans for my rug, but it will depend on your rug and the design you choose) NOTE: After a few months of having the rug outside, I would NOT recommend the Fluorescent Rust-oleum paint (shown in the middle of the photo below). It started to fade considerably from the sun, while the Rustoleum Painter’s Touch still looks great.
- Drop cloths (I like to use disposable plastic tablecloths – $1 a piece at dollar store)
How to Make Your Outdoor Rug
Now for the fun part, bring on the spray paint! I laid the rug out on my roof, using drop cloths around the edges. I started with the neon pink paint on the vertical stripes side, doing a couple applications a few minutes apart.
Then I moved to the diagonal striped side, spraying every other stripe green. I let that dry for 15 min. or so then went over the remaining stripes in yellow.
If you are impatient like me, you can’t wait the 24 hours or whatever it is for the paint to fully dry to peel off the tape. Seeing the bright colors revealed is the most exciting part! I pulled off the tape about 30 min. of dry time and it was fine. I then left the rug outside overnight for the paint to dry completely.