Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Painted & Stenciled Rug AND a Stencil Giveaway

If you've been following my blog, you know I have been slowly updating my office.  It is an office that also serves as a toy storage room and a guest room (futon is dragged up from the basement when guests come into town).  There were 2 inspirations for my office makeover: 1) Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon fabric in aquamarine (which I adore) and 2) incorporating a loose interpretation of a bold patterned rug (like Madeline Weinrib's Mandala) but in subdued colors.

So, not willing to spend money on a Weinrib rug and having a difficult time finding a rug in the perfect color, I set off to create my 'own' version.

First, I started with an inexpensive, flat weave rug in a neutral color.  This is where Ikea's Erslev rug comes into play for $29.99.
I wanted to the base of the rug to be a pastel orange/pink color - similar to a peachy color.  I thought this would complement the coral color found in the chiang mai fabric.  I chose BM's 064 Nautilus Shell no VOC latex paint- the perfect peach color to create a calming effect.  Here, I started my first coat.

I used a 4 inch roller and rolled away.  The rug ended up taking 3 coats of paint!  After the rug dried, I was ready for my stencil!  Here is the stencil taped onto my painted rug.

You can hardly tell a color difference because the peach color is very subdued, but in person it looks great.  Like I mentioned before, I wanted a very loose interpretation of the Mandala rug.

I contacted Olive from Olive Leaf Stencils and they agreed to let me try one of their stencils!!  It was a difficult to choose just one because they are all SO fabulous, but I finally decided on the chrysanthemum stencil no. 2.  I liked it for it's boldness and whimsy.

Since the rug was textured, the stencil didn't lay entirely flat.  So after taping it down,  I used heavy objects like these books to add some weight to ensure the stencil lay flat.  You can see here, I used a foam brush to paint the stencil.  

I just dabbed the paint onto the stencil.  I never brushed it - just dabbed the paint on.  Seriously, it was super easy and worked great.  After, doing a total of five stencils I was so happy with the end result.  

What do you think??  Another view:

A complete view of my office:

Don't worry, I plan on changing the fabric on my valences and do you see my dyed lampshade?  And, I couldn't end this post without inserting a picture of my Schumacher Chiang Mai pillows that gave me the color inspiration:

{my inspiration board will be coming down and a FABULOUS mirror will be coming soon!}

So, now here's the part you've been waiting for....the Olive Leaf Stencils Giveaway!!  

To enter:  Go to their site, come back, make sure you're a follower and comment on your favorite stencil.  Easy peasy.  The winner will receive the stencil of their choice worth up to $60!!!!!

For extra entries: 1) tweet about the giveaway and/or 2) blog about the giveaway!!! 

Giveaway ends Thursday night!!!  Good Luck!


  1. Fran, your rug is perfect! Love the subtle colors you chose and your office is so fresh. Can't wait to see the mirror.

    What a nice giveaway! I was just looking for a stencil for our foyer. Would love to win Noelle's pattern. Thank you!

  2. Fran, I LOVE the way it turned out, your office looks phenomenal! Congrats, and have fun with your giveaway :)


  3. Wow--Look at you! Your rug looks amazing. Actually your whole office looks amazing. I too can't wait to see the mirror. I've been thinking of making one myself...I'll just have to wait and see what yours looks like.

    Don't know if I have the patience to stencil a rug but if I ever did, I think Chrysanthemum no. 1 would be perfect.

  4. I just found your blog--and count me in as your newest follower!! I love love love what you did with this rug. I have actually been planning on painting an old rug of ours..was planning on using a chevron pattern, but after seeing these, I am loving the Moroccan Tile no. 2!!

    Thanks again for the tips!

  5. Beautiful! Your rug and office look great! I would love the stencil you used. And I am a follower.

  6. Kimberly BabbittMay 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I love all the large trees! What a statement... the birches look so amazing in silver.

  7. Your office looks great and the rug is fantastic! I am loving the Chrysanthemum no. 1!

  8. What a GENIUS DIY! Your office is looking adorable!

  9. Silver Birches is my favorite. Thanks for hosting

  10. What a pretty office you have;)
    That rug looks fantastic! Love;)
    I don`t know if you saw my DIY painted rug, Just for the case you haven`t:)


    Lovely greetings...;)

  11. Here's what I like about this project:

    1) It took a lot of ingenuity.
    2) It is inexpensive enough to toss if there's a goof.
    3) It's neutral enough to use for years.
    4) It's warm and pretty and FABULOUS!!

    My favorite design is the art deco fan flowers!

  12. It looks amazing Fran! That pattern would be great on a wall or a dresser-or used in a nursery...just saying. You office looks so nice.

    I love so many of their patterns, just bookmarked the page. I think the Woven and Nautical patterns are two of my favs though. Great giveaway.

  13. Oh wow! This rug does NOT look diy, it looks amazing! Love the stencil you chose. Now I can't wait to see the mirror :)

  14. Amazing job on your rug Fran, it turned out beautiful. I would love to win an Olive Leaf stencil, it is so hard to choose, they are all amazing. I would either choose Peony #2 or Noelle. I'm off to tweet about it.

  15. First of all, bravo on an amazing job. It's seriously hard to decide on any of the gorgeous stencils. I'm amazed at the selection. I think I'd have to say the woven or geometric patterns are my 2 favs.

  16. Your rug turned out great! I'm wondering if I can try this project.... I love the Ikat #1 at Olive Leaf Stencils... (I follow you on Google reader)


  17. i love the chrysanthemum stencil..and absolutely love the rug!! great job..have a lovely day..xx meenal

  18. I love it. So glad you did tone on tone, its such a subtle beauty.

    I'd love to make something out of chrysanthemum #1... just don't know what yet!

  19. Your rug is AMAZING- seriously wowed by that one...the whole office is fabulous. And great giveaway- love OL! My favourite is Ikat 1. Thanks!!!

  20. Fran, the rug looks awesome!!! I love, love, love the Noelle's Pattern!!
    - Cristiana

  21. The rug turned out beautifully, Fran! Looks very professional--and love your choice of stencil! I love Olive Leaf stencils too and am pretty crazy about Spring Buds.

  22. Damask no. 1 is just lovely! I want to do my staircase in it! I love your rug idea too!

  23. I am totally in awe. I love it!!! Great job and I love your blog too, glad I found you :)


  24. Fantastic! Very pretty in the simple shades. I will have to try this...thanks for the inspiration! Great blog, too!

  25. Hi there! I found your blog while doing some visual research on a DIY stencil flat rug. Thank you so much for the great tutorial! It's such a fun way to dress up an inexpensive plain rug and it turned out awesome. I liked the results so much that I featured one of your pictures on my blog, with a credit of course.

    I might have give this one a try. If my 21 month old lets me, that is.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Hi, I'm new to your site. I've been browsing design sites lately as we're buying a new house and I'm looking for a neutral/bright paint color for the walls, and I love yours! Would you be so kind as to share the name of your paint color please?? Thanks so much!

  27. Just came across your blog. The rug is very pretty. I am most intrigued with your lamp though, because I do not see a cord. I am currently renting, and have a table mid-room that I would love have a lamp on. There is no floor plug though. Ive searched for a battery powered lamp, but the results are far from pretty. What's your secret?

  28. Hi.. I just came across your post. I was planning to get a light colored flat weave rug like the ikea one and paint it bright orange. But was wondering if I coat the entire rug with paint, would it become too stiff and unusable? I want to use it over my carpet in the living area. How was the texture of yours after painting it entirely? Please let me know if there is something extra i should add to make it not too stiff?

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