Monday, November 8, 2010

Monogram Rug

I found this picture of an entryway, last year in I think a special edition Better Homes and Gardens magazine (paging through while Sassy was in her gymnastics class):

Lucky for me that I had my camera with so I could take a picture of the picture (I'm sure no one though I was crazy)  since I couldn't steal it from the gymnastics center.

I loved the colors and all of the monograms, but I really loved the rug (and the pots ~ just might have to make those too☺).

and thought to myself, "EASY! I can do that!"

Now a year later, I am finally getting around to monogramming a rug!

Here's how I did it:

~ I purchased an inexpensive rug from Ikea ~ $7.99 to be exact (the website says $8.99, but I swear I only paid $7.99). 
~ Found a font from the computer that I liked and printed off a huge "C"  (my son says it stands for Christmas ).  Then I cut it out, outside of the line, to make it a bit bigger.
~ I decided to paint in my monogram and not spray paint around it as shown in the magazine.  I also decided to add a border.

At first I was going to make it like this one from Ballard Designs:
So I taped off my rug:

But, I decided I liked how it looked with the border in farther (like where the tape is) in, so I re-taped my rug:

I painted the border with red acrylic paint (same color I used to paint my chalkboard).  Since there was so much texture in the rug I did more of a pounding motion with my paintbrush as opposed to a sweeping motion.

When that part was painted, I traced my "C" in the center of the rug, then filled that in with paint.

Slowly peeled off the tape ~ praying for no bleeding ☺ and VOILA:
A beautiful monogrammed rug!

The next morning (since it was 11:30 and dark out) I sprayed the rug with a clear spray paint to seal it and help increase the durability.

Here's what it looks like outside in the entry:

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sawicky99 said...

You are SUCH a rock star! I love your stuff!!! :)

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love it - and it's so simple! If I saw this at your door I'd never believe you didn't buy it :) See? You could have taught us this over the weekend!

Lori said...

VERY nice job! I love the "C" over the wreath - some nice thinkin' on your part. :)

Lisa Leonard said...

love this!! so inspiring. xxoo

sugarnuggets said...

So lovely, so doable! And...I happen to be headed to IKEA on Friday!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

That looks great. And the price tag is so much better than in all of those magazines! Well done!

Lisa said...

Wonderful job! Its looks just as good as the magazine! The wreath and initial are great too. Lovely entrance way.

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!

Sweet Caroline said...

I found your blog by accident as I am having a slow day at work... I love this! I don't blog--I just find cool ones like yours! Thanks for the tips~

Jill ~ Jillify It said...

Wow! it turned out great... love it!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I'm in love with this project!

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

You are seriously going to be featured every week at What I Whipped Up Wednesday, huh?! LOVE this. Making it ASAP. What did you use to trace the "c"?

Tina said...

Awesome job! I'm totally doing both that and the pots-love them! Thanks for sharing! New follower here!!

Holly said...

Love the rug...but add my link to this post in order to participate in the Knock-Off Party, okay? Thanks.

Mom to Many said...

This would make a great Christmas gift! Great job!
Thanks for sharing.