DIY Maven

DIY Maven

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Although I'm a writer by education and profession, I have a not-so-secret DIY and craft (of almost any kind) addiction. I'm the… read more

Comments - How to paint an indoor/outdoor rug.

Nancy Cooper on Jun 11, 2016:

I've just set up a potting bench on the patio under my deck, and I've been trying to figure out a way to keep it, if not complete dry, then at least not soaked when it rains. I thought about a waterproof rug overhead on the deck, but it's an odd sized space between the chimney and the railing. It's great to know there's a kind I can cut to size, pimp out, and back with a thick piece of plastic to give my potting bench a little shelter. Thanks for the tip!

Emily on May 17, 2016:

Hi there, where did you get your rug?

I've been looking all over but cannot find one.


Teresa on Aug 14, 2015:

Thank you for responding.  I do have several spots that I need to clean up where I got careless.  I need to make the rug heavier as it slides quite a bit.  I do have a rubber mat under it.  I am going to try this again.  It was fun.  

DIY Maven on Aug 14, 2015:

Rugs like this can absorb a lot of paint, so one quart probably isn't out of the question. It all depends upon the application process. As far as the front and back, the front is the nubbier side, which will abosorb more paint than the back as the back has a stiff, almost melted nylon feel. Applying with a small roller is probably the best, as it's faster and will keep the paint's application more even.

As for TYPES of paint, yeah, any kind of exterior house paint will do. Probably leftover interior as well--although I haven't tried that. I used an indoor/outdoor all-around Rustoleum. 

Teresa on Aug 14, 2015:

I done this project.  I am very happy with it but I will say I found it very hard to paint.  I used 1 quart of regular paint.  Thoughts on maybe what I did wrong?  I thought maybe I painted on the wrong side of the rug???

Dee on Jul 02, 2014:

This looks great!! Exactly what I need! Can you tell me more about the paint?
Is it a house paint like a latex paint or a fabric paint?
I've seen those new carpet paints too.
My carpet is a smoke grey. Should I plan on two coats?

DessyAnaiwan on Jan 21, 2014:

The Limited Edition Rug Collection is far from limited in choice and customisation possibilities. It offers one of the broadest selections of styles, colours and applications in the world today, as well as a design choice varying from elegantly conservative to bold and unexpected.

Gloria on Sep 03, 2013:

I have a solid red5x8 jute rug on my porch. It is faded in spots, should I Paint, to keep the solid red & which paint? thx

WHStoneman on Jul 28, 2012:

Thanks for the info!!   Got my wheels turning to rev up an old "outdoor" rug!

samir on Jun 11, 2012:

While choosing a rug for the hallway, keep first three feet near the entry door clear.

DIY Maven on May 18, 2012:

@christine...THANKS! It's as easy as it looks. Truly.

christine on May 17, 2012:

I love this - you make it look so simple - and very stylish - from dull to fabulous. Definitely bookmarking this page. Thanks

Bethany on Jul 13, 2011:

Be careful what indoor rug you choose. I tried to repurpose my ugly indoor rug I had. It had a pattern which the paint couldn't cover up and the rug was too thick so it absorbed all the paint. I just posted about my failings at my blog.

Textile Teach on Jul 26, 2010:

I have been looking and looking for info on painting rugs and carpeting.  Many thanks.  Do you have photos of any of your other rugs?  I'd love to see more.

DIY Maven on Aug 12, 2009:

Jacki--probably, but painted pile of the long variety might not look as good as a dense pile like on these outdoor rugs. 

Jacki on Aug 12, 2009:

Can you just paint an indoor rug by taping off and adding the paint?

DIY Maven on Nov 21, 2008:

It would work fine. They're very utilitarian. Flat, dense, etc. BUT you can hose them down when they get dirty and--if you can hang them over a balcony or railing outside--they dry in no time. You can vacuum them too, of course. (The vacuum is the only way I can get cottonwood tree fluff off of mine.) I always thought using stencil/s on one would be cool. If you do want to use one indoors, I'd suggest making sure the back doesn't have a black seal, which starts to flake off after awhile. At least outside it does.

ModHomeEcTeacher on Nov 20, 2008:

How would this work inside under a kitchen table? Since I'm re-doing my kitchen decor, I;m thinking about a custom area rug.

DIY Maven on Nov 10, 2008:

Hi pbrown. I haven't tried a shampooer on my rug, but I have actually vacuumed it with a vacuum that has a beater bar. (It's the best way for removing cottonwood tree fluff!) Since the rug is weatherproof and because the beater bar didn't do any damage to it or the paint, I'm guessing a shampooer wouldn't cause any damage either.

pbrown on Nov 08, 2008:

this a great idea but i was wondering if anyone had tried to clean one of these with a carpet shampooer.  i have dogs that seek out mud and carpet cleaning is a must.  hope i hear from someone soon so i can start on this project.  thank you in advance for any advice.

DIY Maven on Jul 29, 2007:

That's GREAT!!

petesmom on Jul 29, 2007:

Thank you very much.  I finally found an indoor/outdoor rug on sale at Home Depot that was not tooooo ugly.  Then, yesterday I was at another Walmart, and lo and behold, walked right by a display of Ozite.  That's the way it goes, but I am still planning on doing this project at a later time.  Thanks again.

DIY Maven on Jul 27, 2007:

Hey petesmom. Sounds like you did everything I would suggest, so I did a little bit more investigation. Basically, I e-mailed my sister who lives in NY. She's familiar with the rug and the project. Anyway, she said she has seen them at Walmart. She doesn't know if they were the Ozite brand or not, but they were similar enough. And I know I've seen them at Home Depot. However, even if you can't find that particular brand, any non-woven indoor/outdoor rug will do. These kinds of rugs are generally rolled up in tubes and displayed in a box, like this--Ozite brand or not.

For comparison's sake, the Ozite is very light weight, the nap is VERY flat. And anything similar to the Ozite will be equally inexpensive as well--I'd say between 15 and 20 bucks. Good luck!!

petesmom on Jul 25, 2007:

I am new to this site.  I am very interested in this project, but have a question.  Where to buy Ozite?  I have checked: Auto supply stores, a local hardware, carpet store, Home Depot, Walmart.  Either I do not know what I am doing, or it is not available in this state (NY).  I called the company, and was told to check Home Depot & Walmart.  Every sales person has said they never heard of it.  I will not go into the carpet store salesman's remarks. Thank you

DIY Maven on Jul 24, 2007:

Yes! Stencils! You can get that sticky spray you spray on the back of them to make them, well, sticky. I think they'd work great! And really, 15 bucks for a cool hand painted rug?? Doesn't get better than that!

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