Ombre Houndstooth Stenciled Rug Tutorial

(sigh) I love this rug.  Is there any easier way to update a rug than with a little paint?!  I think not! This is also one of YOUR fave projects from Hailee’s Makeover.


The reason that its taken me so long to post it is because the stencil for it was originally one of a kind custom.  But Melanie from Royal Design Studio and I decided that we love you guys lots and wanted you to have the chance to make something awesome with Houndstooth too.  Sooooooo I had to wait to post this project until you could buy it!!

You can buy it here for only $39.00 and make sure to use the code VINTAGE10 to get 10% off!

First things first,  you need a rug. The one that I used is from Ikea.  It is an 8×10 sisal rug and will run you about $120.  I measured the width of the stencil and marked with painters tape where each row needed to line up.  If you look closely in the picture below you can see the little blue dots.  By doing this you can get your stencil centered on the rug.



I used about 5 big bottles of Americana Snow White.  Trust me, its better to buy a bunch before your start your project then to have to run to the store in the middle of it….



Then its time to start stenciling.  We used stencil brushes to stipple the paint onto the rug.  One trick that I learned (after I took this pic) is that if you mix a teeny bit of water in with the paint it will make it so that it spreads evenly and gets into all of the tiny woven cracks.


Use the markers on your stencil to line up the next row.  And just like I do every time I talk about Royal Design Studios I am going to tell you how fantastic the quality of product that they put out is.  The plastic that they use is different than other products that I have used and  it is SO MUCH BETTTER!  Trust.

So in the title of this post I am sure you have noticed that I called the rug Ombre.  Its really hard to tell in the final pictures because it just looks like a shadow from the coffee table is being cast but in all actuality the pattern fades…its sort of fantastic.


To get this effect dilute your paint by 1/2 and stencil your next row.



Continue diluting it more and more until you get the level of color that you want.  This is sort of a trial and error process but the good news is that if you make it too dark, or your stencil is splotchy you can use a spray bottle to dampen it and a towel to blot up the excess paint.




This is what it looked like when we were finished!  Don’t you love it!?!



Once we were done and everything was dry the rug (I think because of the nature of the sisal) started to become wavy on the edges.  If this happens to you it is a really easy fix.  Use your painters tape to tape it down to the floor really well.  Then get the edges wet with a spray bottle or cup of water (obviously make sure that your paint has had adequate time to dry)  leave it for a day or so until you know that it is 100% dry and then take your tape of!  If it is still wavy then you didn’t use enough water.





Make sure to check out these other projects from Hailee’s Living Room Makeover:

Hailees’ Living Room Before and After

Source List and Paint Colors

Striped Chevron Hallway

PVC Pipe Dresser

Ombre Yarn Lampshade

Custom Built-ins For Less Than $30.00

Rope Curtain Rod


And if you need more rug makeover ideas you will love my Zebra Rug tutorial



and Compass Painted Sisal Rug.

1 DIY Painted Sisal Rug 051

Love Your Guts


  • Lindsay 07.11.2011 at 17:24

    I am inspired because I have a sisal rug under my kitchen table that has a beautiful red popsicle stain I didn’t see immediately. I already told my husband how I can salvage the rug with a little stencilling. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 07.11.2011 at 18:24

    Love the rug. You have the best ideas.

  • Melanie 07.11.2011 at 18:28

    You never cease to amaze! I love the ombre look with the Houndstooth. Thanks so much for the stencil love!!

  • aimee 07.11.2011 at 18:37

    i love this rug xxx

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse 07.11.2011 at 18:47

    That rug is amazing!!! SUCH a huge undertaking. Obmre AND a stencil. Whew.

  • Jennifer L. Griffin 07.11.2011 at 18:49

    Oh I’ve been waiting for this one! Definitely making this one after my next trip to Ikea…4 hours away…I know it will be totally worth it!

  • Our Delightful Home 07.11.2011 at 19:00

    I love the rug! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} 07.11.2011 at 19:39

    Thanks for the tutorial! Love that rug!

  • Heidi @ Decor & More 07.11.2011 at 20:01

    Love, love, love this rug. Fantastic project, Mandi! Happy Monday!

  • Brooke @ Inside-Out Design 07.11.2011 at 21:12

    That rug is amazing!!! I have got to get the guts to try something like that. I should probably practice first on a really, really cheap rug….

  • Kirsten 07.11.2011 at 21:12

    Could you do a tutorial of how you add the batten (I think that’s the proper name) to the walls in that living room. It looks so great, and I would love to do that in my own home.

  • ms.composure 07.11.2011 at 22:33

    o wow! def way too cute and such a gr8 idea!!!

  • allenaim photography and design 07.11.2011 at 23:38

    Just wanted to let you know about this link to you:

    You are given credit, but it still seems like a bit of a steal…just wanted you to know in any case…

  • HR Mom 08.11.2011 at 02:31

    I want to stencil a bathroom rug, my rugs on my tile floor are white and boring…Do you think it will work on a carpet type rug or do I need to use a sisal rug?
    Love your ideas Mandy!!

  • miki 08.11.2011 at 04:00

    Oh man you’re just awesome. This rug kicks some major rug butt! I love the faded effect.

  • Jamie 08.11.2011 at 05:07

    This is fabulous! Mr Potato Head is just in pieces over it! I just really love that picture so had to say something cheesey about it :)

  • Jenna 08.11.2011 at 20:59


    I love your blog SO dang much, it’s crazy :) and this rug is no exception. Great call on the houndstooth, I really haven’t seen that pattern around in rug world. Also, I’ve never seen craft paint used on rugs, great idea! I bet it’s a little easier to work with… less crunchy?

  • kt 10.11.2011 at 16:46

    I would love to win this for my daughter for Christmas. She is asking for tools!! So fun. Thank you for your blog. Love it!!

  • Inspire Me Heather 07.02.2012 at 12:36

    Your rug is gorgeous! I’ve got the same Ikea sisal and thinking about doing something similar, thanks for posting yours! Oh, and I’ve got this linked to my stenciling post too today – for inspiration!

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