This summer I took on a project of making my own rug. I'm trying to decorate the new Chicago pad, and doing so on a very tight budget. Did you know that rugs are expensive? Well, I learned that lesson very quickly. The solution? Make your own!
I knew I wanted a chic, trendy styled rug- chevron was the perfect choice. I chose a beautiful dark teal color that will look great regardless of the season. Here's how it was done...
I started off by creating my template. I measured my angle on a piece of cardboard, cut it out in the exact size of one of the zig-zag segments, with the sides measured to how deep I wanted my lines to be. I took that model, made it into a model of a full-length chevron stripe. I chose to use a flexible plastic tarp to easily maneuver along the length of the rug.
Taking that flexible model, I measured out equidistant chevron stripes along the length of the rug (a large piece of canvas that I bought by the yard at a fabric store), and taped them off to create clean lines once I painted.
I used an acrylic paint mixed with a paint modifier which rendered the paint into a flexible, foldable product that wouldn't crack if folded. Following the tape outlines, I filled each chevron stripe with the colored paint.
Lay flat and out of the way to dry for 24 hours. I left it on the floor overnight, then transferred onto the bed to keep it out of the way. Once completely dry, remove tape from canvas.
Et voila! A chevron rug!
I absolutely love how the rug turned out. I think it will make a great piece for the living room of my new apartment. It is neutral enough that plenty of other design pieces will be able to flow nicely, but enough of a statement to hold its own. I can't wait to see how the living room comes together!
(obviously there will be photos of the space once it's finished... keep an eye out!)