I know you guys love a good rug project and I guarantee this one will not disappoint.
I love sisal rugs. They are a fantastic way to incorporate natural elements into a room.
But guess what? They can be kind of blah. So I figured out a way to Mandify it. I am sort of feeling a bit of Nautical-ness and what is more perfectly nautical than a compass? Um…nothing.
I bought the rug at Ikea. It was $79.00 (this is where you turn you head and cough) Pretty expensive but…sometimes its necessary to spend a little bit of mulah for AWESOMENESS. And I have been SEARCHING for one for a month and $79.00 was the cheapest price I found.
When drawing on my rug I used a pencil that didn’t show up wonderfully in pictures so I photoshopped the lines so that they would be more clear in pictures. The photoshopped lines are not exact, the actual lines on the rug are. Don’t judge me for not spending more time on picture perfection.
Start by finding the exact center of your rug. Draw 2 perpendicular lines that are the same length. Mine are 32 inches long.
Next you are going to draw 2 more lines (see picture) My lines measure 17” (just a little over 1/2 the length of the long lines).
Measure 3” up and mark it. (Marked with the yellow dots)
Then you are going to connect the tip of your red line to each of your marks. (Blue lines)
Next you are going to measure from the inside of each blue line 2” and mark it. Then connect the tip of the shortest line to the marks you just made. (green lines)
Once you have all of your lines drawn take a small paint brush and trace all of your lines. (Sorry no pic, I am lame)
I used Decoart’s Stencil Paint in white.
It is awesome for a project like this because it’s a really thick paint that is designed to stay where its put!
Once you have traced each of your lines you are going to fill in the left side of each point (every other space).
Pull out your pencil, a small nail and a piece of string (I used jute because it doesn’t stretch) Find your enter point and hold your nail there the entire time! Stretch your string out and use your pencil to draw a circle around your star. Then you are going to extend your string out 3/4 of an inch and draw a second circle.
Paint along your lines. Then I went back and free handed each of the small squares. They aren’t perfect, but guess what? Don’t care.
For my letters I cut the out on my Silhouette with regular old vinyl. Position it so that is is centered on your star tip. And the right distance from your circle.
Then stencil it on.
Notice there was NO bleeding, even with the huge fibers. That is because its FREAKING AWESOME paint. Oh and its water based (most stencil paints are oil) so it doesn’t jack up your brushes. And cause its water based it matches the Americana paints perfectly!
Ps. I did not receive this paint free. I bought it with my…well my husbands hard earned cash. I loved it, the end.
Here are a few more token shots.
I can’t wait to show you what else I have been working on for my bedroom… So exciting!!!! EEEEEEE!