This morning I thought I'd put up the guest post that I did for Cassie at Primitive and Proper. It's a fun one, with some reminiscing of past projects as well as an awesome new one. Enjoy!
Hi Primitive and Proper readers! I'm super excited and flattered to be here today, thanks to Cassie, whose work I so admire! She's awesome, right?
To begin, let me just start with a BIG disclaimer: I am in no way a professional designer, nor do I play one on the Internet. There are so many ladies here in blogland with an amazing talent for creating amazing interiors. Like, unreal talent. I am not in that league. But I do love furniture and paint. I've taught myself to refinish furniture through trial and lots of error over the past 10 or so years and that is what I really love to do. But that's not exactly what I'm posting about today. Today I thought I'd write a little bit about painting rugs.
Maybe we're just crazy messy, but pretty rugs never last under our table. I lamented the fact here. Just, you know, 4 kids=gross mess mushed into the rug. But I love the look of a rug under a table, plus- maybe its just us again-but I felt like we were scratching up our wood floor. I know, chair pads. Seriously, those never stick. So I took the crafty blogger's best friend, the Fabulous Canvas Drop Cloth, and made a rug that was easy to sweep and easy to mop. Basically painted on my design and coated with poly. Stick it to the floor with rug tape, and wha-lah. Easy to walk on, easy to clean, easy on the eyes.
Then I made this adorable flower rug for my even more adorable sister-in-law.
I think it gives this area just the right amount of color. You can read about my whole process for this rug here.
I remembered I had the old stretched-out flat weave rug from, ironically enough, under the kitchen table, stashed in the basement. It's a basic brown indoor/outdoor from Pier One via Big Lots. I decided it would be my guinea pig. I didn't want to spend any money on this experiment because I didn't know how it would turn out. I used the back (pictured) because the weave was flatter than the top.