Brighten Up Your Deck With A Painted Rug

If you want to spruce up your patio deck this summer, why not consider a painted rug?  Once complete, your painted rug will be durable, and it can be changed to match your accessories whenever you want.  Whereas material rugs quickly get dirty, easily caught under foot and mysteriously slid around, the paint-effect equivalent can quickly be wiped clean, stays put, and doesn’t present a trip hazard.

This project is simple, cheap to do and can be completed in just a few hours.  Everything you need can be found at your local DIY store.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 different colored exterior paints (one color for background and one for the rug)
  • A paint roller with 2 covers
  • 2 inch paint brush
  • Paint tray
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Straight-edge or piece of wood you can use to mark out straight lines

How To:

Your first job is to paint the background edging.  Pour the paint into the paint tray, and put two coats of base color onto the decking using the roller.  When the base color is completely dry, decide on the dimensions for your rug and measure the area. 

Make a note of the measurements then mark out the rug on the decking using a pencil and straight-edge.  Take the masking tape and place strips along the outer line of the pencil-marked edges.

Now it’s time to get creative!  Pour the paint you’ve chosen for the rug into the paint tray, and put two coats directly onto the marked out area on the decking.  When the paint is touch-dry, take up the masking tape.  Touch-up any ‘bleed marks’ using your small paint brush.  Place fresh strips of masking tape along the inside of the rug.

Now measure the dimensions of the rug’s border and jot them down.  As before, mark up the decking with a pencil and straight-edge.  Place strips of masking tape along the outer edge of the pencil markings.

Paint the border by applying two coats of rug color onto the marked area on the decking.  When the paint is touch-dry, take up the masking tape and touch-up any bleed marks as before.

Although the paint may seem dry, always leave 24 hours before you walk on it to allow it dry out completely. To finish off, use leftover paint to decorate plain wooden plant containers, and coordinate your furniture with matching cushions or throws.

In Conclusion

You don’t have to spend a fortune to brighten up your decking area.  All you need are a few basics painting materials, a couple of spare hours and lots of imagination!


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