DIY: How to Paint a Sisal Rug
Two designers show how to give old beige sisal rugs a colorful new life
Do you have a dingy rug sitting somewhere in your house? Instead of tossing it or hiding it in a back room, you might try giving it a new look with the help of painter's tape and paint. Designers Jenna Burger and Lydia Pudel show us how they completely updated their old sisal rugs.
Makeover No. 1. Would you believe there's an old sisal rug under this crisp, contemporary pattern? Pudel, a graphic designer in Germany, did this project after falling in love with a gray and white trellis rug from West Elm. Instead of spending the money on a brand new rug, she painting her existing sisal to get the same look. See the before shot, next.
Pudel searched online until she found a bold graphic in a similar pattern, printed it out, and made a stencil that would allow her to create a custom pattern for her 5' x 7' rug.
She painstakingly traced the stencil onto the carpet with a pencil, making sure that the pattern was centered and even.
Using standard interior paint in a warm gray, she gave the rug two coats of paint, and then used a creamy white for the edges.
It took Pudel about two days to finish this project. After painting, she took her electric sander to the rug to make it feel less stiff and rough. The paint stayed on, and the surface felt more like it did without the paint. A quick vacuum is all it needs to stay clean.
To read more about Pudel's DIY, visit her blog, Pudel Design.