You can transform an old rug into a “like new” painted rug! Learn how to spray paint a rug and give your old rug new life.
I am on a spray painting kick this week. There’s something about the nicer weather that makes me pull out the spray paint cans and get creative.
Can you paint a rug? Yep, you can definitely make an old indoor rug new again with paint, and I’m showing you how today!
We’ve had this rug for a LONG time, and it has seen better days. I wanted to see if I could give it new life – and I wanted to figure out if I could successfully spray paint a rug. So this project is a two-for-one!
In the past, I’ve made my own Rag Rug using a Hula Hoop. Today, though, I’m taking a different approach by giving an old rug new life.
Note: If you enjoy rug projects, I have more to share! Check out my Painted Plaid Rug, How to Spray Paint an Outdoor Chevron Rug, and How to Dye Your Rugs tutorials.
How To Spray Paint A Rug
Ready for the how-to? Start with a REALLY ugly rug that you don’t care to ruin. You can see mine on the left in the image below.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather to do this project! You only need three things to do this project. I had them all on hand already, so I didn’t need to buy anything.
- Old rug
- Krylon spray paint
Painted Rug Instructions
I figured I couldn’t make my old rug any WORSE, so I went for it! Here’s what I did.
I spray-painted the entire thing gray. I just used regular old Krylon spray paint in the colors that I had on hand.
Then I wanted some variation in the rug, so I decided to add stripes. To do that, I simply spread out pieces of cardboard to protect the gray parts while I made stripes.
Note: I just made various widths in white and an antique brass metallic. I only used colors I had on hand. There was no rhyme or reason to the width of my stripes at all. I was loving it after the first few stripes, so I kept going until I liked the way my painted rug looked.
I let the rug dry thoroughly (about 48 hours, just to make sure it was dry and set), then I put it in the house to use.
Now, if you walk on this barefoot it IS a bit “crunchier” than it was before. But the difference in appearance makes me forgive the crunchy steps. I mean, it is gorgeous! And I did it all with stuff I had on hand.
I love freebie projects!
DIY Painted Rug FAQs
If you’ve never done this kind of thing before, I’m sure you’re overflowing with questions! Here are a few that I see frequently. If you don’t see yours answered below, please leave it for me in the comments!
What kind of paint do you use on rugs?
After doing this project, I learned that it’s best to use fabric paint on rugs as opposed to acrylic paint. I used acrylic paint because it was what I had on hand, but that’s why my rug is now “crunchy.” I also learned that you can mix a little fabric medium to acrylic paint to help it soak into the fabric so the rug doesn’t become so stiff.
You can find even more tips for painting carpets and rugs to help you with this project.
What is the best thing to paint carpet with?
Spray paint is definitely your friend when painting a rug or carpet because you’ll get better coverage. Avoid using oil-based or acrylic paints because they will leave a crunchy texture on your carpet.
Will the paint wear off?
I did mine a while ago, and so far, it still looks great. However, I do think that the paint will start to look worn and uneven eventually. I imagine that the amount of wear and tear your rug receives will determine how long it takes to wear down the paint job.
Once you start to notice that the paint is looking worn, you can either repaint it or throw it away. Either way, you gave it new life and renewed purpose for a while!
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- Old Rug
- Krylon Spray Paint
- Scrap cardboard
- Spray paint the entire rug to give it a solid color base (I used gray) with Krylon spray paint.
- If you want to add stripes, spread out pieces of cardboard to protect the gray parts while you make the stripes.
- Let the rug dry thoroughly (about 48 hours). Then you can put it in the house to use.
I think I’ve seen other bloggers who painted theirs with acrylics (I think? Wasn’t spray paint, something they rolled on!), say that they sanded their rugs with sandpaper a bit to get rid of some of the crunchiness! I’m pretty sure it was Tater Tots n Jello & House of Smiths who made rugs together and did this. Spray painting it is an awesome idea too!! Guess it couldn’t hurt to try it a little? I’d try on just one end do you could go back over it and fix just that one stripe if needed!!
What a neat idea. It’s certainly faster than trying to hand dye the stripes on there!
That is so creative! I love how it turned out:)
I love this crazy idea!
I’m looking for a rug at the thrift. great idea, I wonder if the sanding will help? I never go barefoot anyway!
Well, you learn something new each day! I’ve never ever thought of spray painting a rug, but now you’ve done it, I’m thinking…
Splendid idea. I’m glad you thought of it, because now I have an option to brighten up my dull, boring rug.
Awesome. i have so many mix matched mats + runners in the garage..aka the girl cave..going to raid the cans now lol thanx
Does it stink like paint?
No. It never did smell and we used it for over a year.