I feel you. At $1,550, Jonathan Adler’s gorgeous hand woven herringbone rug is way out of my price range, too. But I didn’t let that stop me from having one. Over a couple of days, I made a fully customizable knock-off for about $80. Here’s how you can do it, too.
You will need:
Flat woven rug (like this one from Ikea)
Cardboard to make a stencil
Roll of painters tape (I used Frog tape)
Paintbrush and/or small roller
One gallon of flat interior paint in a color of your choosing
And while you’re hard at work, I suggest you listen to the new Grizzly Bear album – it’s awesome. Start here:
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
Unroll your rug over and let it sit for a day to flatten out the kinks.
Decide how many chevrons you want across the rug and how thick you want each painted section to be. I decided I wanted there to be two full chevrons across the width of the rug, each one 6” thick, and I wanted each painted section to be the same thickness as the white section next to it. Once I had measured this all out, I made a template on a piece of cardboard to make for easy taping later.
Once you have your template, start taping, but be sure to remember to count the thickness of the tape when you measure where the next section should go. It’s tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. Do yourself a favor and start with the rug over the drop cloth, I ended up having to peel all the tape off the floor to slide one underneath.
Once your chevrons are all taped out, start painting! I found that the combination of a large paint brush (to stamp paint around the edges) and a small craft roller (to roll between the sections) worked the best. Pay special attention near the tape edges and in the corners so that paint doesn’t flow under the tape.
Let the paint dry for 3-4 hours (this is the hardest part!) and then peel off the tape. There’s no harm in waiting longer, but the drier the paint gets the more likely it is to flake off and get all over the place.