I'd like to think of myself as crafty, so when I recently moved into a basement apartment with tile floors, I was excited. I got an idea into my head that I would buy ugly rugs and paint them.
So, I went to Pinterest. There were all kinds of success stories, so I made a list.
First, I wanted to find rugs. So, I went to Goodwill, which I love, and found a pair of rugs for $15. I thought they were just ugly enough:
|I thought these were ugly, but I had no idea...|
|Serious DIY-ers don't cut corners|
I started taping. I even bought that blue trimming paint stuff from the Home Depot, so you could tell I was serious.
|Look at all that tape!|
Then, I started painting. But, because I am a DIY expert (insert serious look here) I mixed textile medium with my acrylic paint because everyone knows that adding that stuff to paint will make it soft.
|Charlie Brown, I think I found your rug!|
Unfortunately, I could not. After the first day, the rug absorbed a lot of paint. "Oh, you must have been thirsty, rug!" I said, and painted more.
On the other rug, I decided taping was for amateurs and now that I had all this experience under my belt, I wasn't going to fall for that.
It was a disaster. I had told everyone about it and everyone was skeptical. Cautiously optimistic at best.
|After 12 coats of paint|
He came over, gave me a big hug (perhaps one of the only benefits of a long-distance relationship: the hugs are stellar) and then I said, "look what I made!" while pointing to the hideous messes.
"Oh, honey," he said, "what did you do?" I was laughing, and he was too. "How much did you spend on these rugs?"
"No, for the pair," I said proudly.
"Oh, well, let's pretend the paint was five dollars, so you really only wasted $20 on this... experiment." He paused. "So, can I take these to the dumpster?"
|Finished Product! Now I really found Charlie Brown's rug.|