Painted Stripe Rug Cabana Style

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DIY Painted RugA month ago I posted a couple of great rug makeovers for sprucing up that old outdoor rug for Spring. I have one of those brush type rugs and there really weren’t many makeovers for that kind since it  isn’t a tight knit, so I thought I would give it a try.

I wanted a Cabana theme for this Summer on the porch, so I went for the striped rug look. I embellished it with a cute anchor for a nautical touch. Here’s how I did it:

Painted Stripe Rug


Brush rug before


spray paint rug

First spray paint the rug to cover the base. My rug was the really thick brush type so it took 3 cans of white spray paint to get it to cover the pattern underneath. Let it dry over night.

use duck tape for stripesTape stripes with duck tape.

Spray paint stripes

Spray stripes with orange spray paint until covered.

**Quick Tip~I used duck tape because it is really sticky and stayed down during painting. At first I used Frog Tape and it was so hot outside it curled right up. So for a tighter bond use duck tape or spray your painters tape with spray adhesive to get it to stick to the straw as snug as possible to avoid mistakes.

I made my anchor using my Silhouette Cameo and contact paper. If you have a Silhouette machine and want the directions for using contact paper for stenciling, see my Rail Road Sign tutorial or Lucky Sign for more detailed information.

The anchor is one I bought in the Silhouette Online Store. You can also buy one from the link in the supply list. Just coat the back of the stencil with spray adhesive and press it on the rug and paint.

Anchor stencil silhouette cameo And there you have a cute new one of a kind cabana rug! I hope you like as much as I do! Enjoy!

DIY Striped Rug

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  1. I like the idea of painting these old mats instead of just throwing them out! Great job! I’m going to feature your Cabana Mat at next week’s Merry Monday party :)

  2. Girlfriend, you never cease to amaze me. This looks incredible. I wish you lived closer. We could have craft dates. :D
    Thanks for sharing on beColorful

  3. What a nice mat! I wish I had seen this before I tossed my old one out. Bummer.

    Found you through Serenity Saturday.


  4. LOVE!!! I have been working on a project similar to this since last fall!! (I just can’t get the spray paint to cover and I don’t wanna keep “wasting” it! LOL! BUT you have inspired me to perservere!!

  5. Great idea! We are so picky about stuff like this and can never find a rug we like… so we just don’t have a rug. Maybe I’ll have to find a plain one and paint it myself so it’s extra fun. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great makeover! What a difference those 3 cans of white spray paint made. :) Loving the look of the orange stripes as well. Thank you for sharing at our Simply Create Link Party!

  7. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the My Favorite Posts Showoff Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for connecting up!

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party over at my place — A Peek Into My Paradise… I would love for you to link up and follow (if you don’t already) if you like what you see. =) I follow back – I love making new friends!

    Have a terrific week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  8. Great idea. I love how it came out. It looks so expensive.

  9. This is a great idea! Very creative and a perfect theme for summer time parties. On a separate note, where did you find the tiki man behind the rug?

    1. The Tiki man is from Target from 10 years ago.. he’s had a paint job and still looks good! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Well, he is fabulous, too! I will look and see if I can find one online. I will be making this rug for my daughter’s 12th ‘Ocean’s Dream’ birthday party. It will be a perfect addition. Thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    super cute!

  11. That is so bright and cute! I love nautical things, but I also love color. Thank you for posting that!

  12. Love this! It’s even my colors!! Pinned and shared. Great job.

  13. Oh Kim I LOVE this rug! Pinned to The Creative Connection features board. Awesome!

  14. I saw this on a linky party earlier this week and totally pinned it. I’m so glad you came and linked it up to our weekly linky party too!

    Small Fine Print

  15. So cute! Love the orange and the blue anchor! 3 cans of white paint? Wow! Totally worth it – great job.


  16. I love anything that has an anchor on it!! This is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  17. I love how your rug turned out! It’s so pretty! The orange and white look awesome together. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  18. OMG this is such an amazing idea! I never know what to do with my old mats, and I hate just throwing them out. Next time, this is totally what I’m doing!

  19. Wow, that turned out totally amazing! I had never thought of using spray paint, but it looks fantastic! Thanks for linking!

  20. Hi Kim! Just came across your blog from Hometalk! Love this fun and easy rug idea and your blog! New follower! :)

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