Our favorite easy way to snazz up boring basics? Paint! You know it works wonders on your walls, but the right formula paint can also add color and design to any of your textiles. I've always been a little intimidated by textile paint, but stumbling across this recent tutorial from Brit+ Co might have just changed my mind. It's actually pretty easy and endlessly customizable. Take a look.
Brit+ Co's project was inspired by an expensive ($600!) Anthropologie brushstroke rug. They managed to make a pretty solid alternative that rings in at just 80 bucks.
They sourced a $50 IKEA rug and other supplies, taped off a pattern and got to painting. Fabric paint needs to be either watered down or applied on a damp surface. Then it's just about the drying time and you're done!
This MORUM rug is made of 100 % polypropylene, which turned out just fine, but the research I did says many different materials will do well with paint, especially cotton, silks and rayons.
This tutorial used a newly purchased rug, but I can see trying this technique on something you already have. Painting an old, stained rug could even help you get a few more years of use out of something you might otherwise have thrown away.
See all the steps at Brit + Co.