West Elm Knock Off Rug

Happy Knocktoberfest!!!

Wait, what?  You didnt know that normal peeps celebrate Oktoberfest with beer drinking and merry making, and DIYers celebrate Knocktoberfest with freaking awesome projects from brands you covet that you can replicate on the cheap?!

Welcome to an even MERRIER October lovers!  Want to dance?!  I am feeling the need to pull out Court’s old tuba from his middle school band days.  Ok, moment of truth.  He actually played the Saxophone…  but the sax just seems a little to sexy.  The sexy sax man totally ruined me for life.

Holy tangents.  So sorry folks.

First let me start off by saying, I love West Elm.  Like if I had a junk ton of money and wasn’t allowed to thrift I would totally shop there all day son.

But life is not that way.

About a month ago I stumbled upon these amazing ethnic rugs from WE.

West Elm Knock Off

The sisal one was my favorite, but I loved how imperfect the first one felt.  Like it was really handmade.  What can I say, imperfect makes me so happy.

The problem is that the one I love is roughly $800.  That is unfortunately out of my price range and as much as we would all love to drop $800 on a new rug, sometimes that is just not plausible.

This is the part where we get a little creative.

How To Paint A West Elm Knock Off Rug Tutorial vintagerevivals

Find a knobby jute rug for the best price possible.  This one from RugsUSA is 65% off right now (which makes it only $60 for a 5×8!).  I would always check out your local Homegoods.  OR you can always stitch together a few smaller ones if you cant find the size that you need with this tutorial!

And you will have to forgive the lack of real pictures for this tutorial, it was past midnight the day before D day and I was lucky to not have woken up to giant green diamonds on my face the next morning.

(The paint that I used was left over from this project)

Start by taping off the stripes for the edges.

West Elm Knock Off Step 1

When you are painting on a rug that is so knobby you will have one very very good friend to make the paint line consistent.  That friend is water.

Use a medium sized paint brush and paint your lines.  Then while your paint is still wet, dip your brush in water and go back over the lines.  The water will loosen the paint and make it so that it seeps down into the knots without diluting the color.

Once your stripes are painted mark 5 evenish sections (or as many as you want,  take matters into your own hands if you must.)

West Elm Knock Off Rug Step 2

Start by making a zigzag down one section.  If you want perfect paint lines feel free to tape it off.  If you want it full of personality just wing it.  Just make sure that you stop a few inches before the tape on one side so that you can make complete diamonds.

West Elm Knock Off Rug Step3 Paint zigzag down one section


Then go back and do a second line.

West Elm Knock Off Rug Tutorial Step 4

Remove your tape and do another zigzag, but this time zag where you zigged.

West Elm Knock Off Rug Tutorial Step 5

Then do another line.

West Elm Knock Off Rug Tutorial 6

Continue on removing your tape as you go, until your rug is finished.

Then smile every time you see it.  Because it is adorbs AND because you saved $700.  I feel like we deserve a cupcake dont you?

West Elm Knock Off Rug Tutorial

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West Elm Knock Off Rug Close Up

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If you want more deets on the table you can check out the full tutorial on building a pipe table here.

So now that you are feeling a little more inspired, there is a whole myriad of Knocktoberfest projects for you to check out over at Makely.

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If you are here from 320 Sycamore you get a big fat high five,  the only bad news is that I am the last stop on the tour today, but first thing tomorrow make sure you check out Ashley from The Handmade Home’s project.

Love Your Guts


  • Andrea 24.10.2013 at 13:13

    Love the rug!

  • Lindsay @ Makely 24.10.2013 at 13:16

    I love it. And you. And it and you and it and you. Heart!

  • Maya 24.10.2013 at 13:22

    this is beautiful. And that tip about going over the paint with a wet brush…genius.
    I especially love the subtle shade variation …I’m guessing that was just one color of paint and the water dilution trick did that?
    I might be a little DIY biased, but your rug is so much better than the $$$ West Elm one ♥

  • teri 24.10.2013 at 14:17

    LOVE <3 <3 the table…. the rug is oh so clever too

  • Melissa 24.10.2013 at 14:19

    This looks great!! There’s really a million options with this one huh?

  • jane 24.10.2013 at 14:30

    this is amazing! i love that you could add a pop of color too- perfect for adding some texture and color to a room and definitely great for renters who can’t make permanent changes.

  • Kathryn 24.10.2013 at 14:38

    Love it! I’m looking forward to being beyond the baby throwing food on the floor stage so that a rug in the dining room actually makes sense. haha

  • Becca 24.10.2013 at 14:45

    This looks so great! You are one clever lady!

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  • Tiffany 24.10.2013 at 14:50

    Loveeeeee Mandi, TY! I have a chunky jute from RugsUSA that I accidentally spilled a bit of stain on the corner and was about to discard before I saw this! Can’t wait to try this weekend. BTW, same love for West Elm. But so far, only have some clearance marked free shipping pillow covers! Lol oh well, watching your blog and doing your projects makes my house look just as good!

  • Amy Huntley 24.10.2013 at 14:52

    It looks fantastic! Just like you! LOVE it!

  • nicole 24.10.2013 at 16:02

    Love it! Did you go over the zigzags with a wet brush as well?

    • Mandi 24.10.2013 at 16:34

      Hey Nicole!
      Great question! I did go over them as well, basically anywhere you paint you want to go back over with a wet brush!


  • Roeshel 24.10.2013 at 16:15

    It’s amazing, Mandi LOVE it in your space. Fab job!

  • Funky Junk Interiors 24.10.2013 at 16:24

    Super cool, Mandi! I adore the design and colour! Been wanting to try my own version for awhile now…

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    so i just moved into a new house. and i’m stuck. you should come decorate for me. blank canvas baby. seriously. you should tell your husband that if you come up missing you are going to be found in pocatello cause some crazy person has kidnapped you.

  • melissa*320 sycamore 24.10.2013 at 18:02

    So, so smart. But I would expect nothing less from you! It looks so great under that table.

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    Love it! How does it feel on bare tootsies?

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  • Eva 29.06.2015 at 07:12

    It looks great!


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