So, last night I posted a little sneak peek of something I was working on...well, it's done.

I had wanted to make a painted rug for a while, and last week I finally dragged my bottom to IKEA and bought the soon-to-be-painted victim  volunteer rug.

Here it is straight off the showroom floor (in all it's $9.99 glory)...

...fine rug on it's own, but not what I wanted...

And here is my inspiration...

source via Pinterest

This rug is going in my kitchen, so I wanted something kind of "food-ish" on it...I thought about French words and stuff, but when I saw this photo, I sort of changed direction...

I had to prime the rug (twice)...then I painted it with Martha Stewart's Gull in Eggshell (twice)...holy crow, I thought the paint would never cover that pattern...

I cut big 'ol stencils from my Silhouette (who has yet to be named...I'm leaning towards Mable or Frances...don't those sound like totally dependable work-horse names??? Please please please forgive me if your name is Mable or Frances...), placed them on the rug and went to work with some Martha Stewart Lagoon in Eggshell (I love the red in the original photo, but I think the Lagoon worked better in my kitchen)...

Here it is (almost done!)...

Then I introduced the sandpaper to "STAR" and we got this...just what I was looking for...old & worn looking, instantly...

And a few more photos, up close...

I love it.
And I have to think the rug must be happier this way, too...

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  1. I love it to! It looks really cute, love how you used words instead of a design.

  2. i have this same rug, only mine is very uninspired looking...it merely serves to remove some of the perpetual dirt from the bottoms of my kidlet's feet...you did a fabulous job personalizing yours!

    stuff and nonsense

  3. That looks fantastic! I love it and this project is now reason #2538 on my Why I Need to Get a Silhouette list :-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  4. Your rug looks awesome!! A lot of painting but so worth it - thanks for the inspiration!

  5. How super creative....my day spent writing a 20-page term paper. Boo.
    Maggie, you are awesome!

  6. well that is just amazing!! i love it!!
    id vote for frances...reminds me of Dirty Dancing...but they called her Baby!

  7. That really came out awesome. I love it. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  8. This is remarkably cool! Thanks for totally inspiring me today.

  9. I love this! I've got to head to IKEA so I can copy you. :-) I'm a new follower via Not Just a Housewife.

  10. LOVE that! Great site -- you're going in my Reader!!

  11. I love this! Following you now!

  12. This looks absolutely beautiful, hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

  13. wow, lovely job. Does the paint make it feel stiff or does the sanding down soften it up some?

  14. Oh my gosh! This rug is so cool. You did such an amazing job. I love it. I am a brand new follower. I saw your link up on WhipperBerry.


  15. I am sooooooo in love with this!!


  16. So great!! I just love it!!

  17. I really love this. I have not found a rug I like for my kitchen. This is a great way to get a custom look. Did you have to seal it at all on top?

  18. Thank you for this inspiration. I just had a rug ruined, and this is a great way to give it a second life!

  19. Super cute! I just painted a rug for the first time; www.antsi-pants.blogspot


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