DIY Painted Faux-Kilim Rug

DIY Painted Faux-Kilim Rug

Jessica Tata
Jun 16, 2011

My friend Christine was faced with a dilemma in her bedroom. She needed a rug with a modern pattern that would balance out the great vintage items she had, to achieve a good balance. Without much of a budget to speak of, I encouraged her to check out this post that Sarah created about a DIY rug, and it inspired her to take on her own project!

Christine was lusting over the Kite Kilim Rug from West Elm, but didn't have the extra cash to spend on it. What she did have, though, was a jute rug that was the right size for her bedroom, and a quart of paint leftover from painting her cabinets.

With some planning and attention to detail, she managed to change a ho-hum rug that was headed for the donate pile into a fantastic anchor for her well-appointed bedroom! While she readily admits that the texture and comfort level of her revamped rug are not perfect for the bedroom (a bit scratchy), she worked with what she had and is very pleased with the outcome--a stylish rug for $0! Even without these materials readily laying around the house, simple and inexpensive flat-woven rugs are not very difficult to come by, and paint will run you about $10.

And, to the benefit of the readers, Christine has an outlined her step-by-step process on her blog, forge. I'm just glad she didn't steal the chevron pattern from me---it's very high on my to-do list!

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