If I told you that I painted the rug in this picture, would you think I am Decorating Awesomeness? Especially if this was the before…. After looking in dismay at my “No Fade” outdoor rug, I thought it was time to buy a new one.
DON’T DO IT! Said my panicked cheap inner voice. Try your go-to first! No! I argue with myself. Why can’t I have something new and nice and made by someone else once in awhile? Why do I have to try and paint everything? You don’t! I beseech myself. Try something else!
But of course, I know I’m going to end up giving it a shot. If I hate it, THEN I’ll buy one. Besides, everything I try lately seems like it could be a potential post. (You’ve been warned).
So I resigned myself to in fact discover an application worth my time and perhaps my lack of enthusiasm can still be thwarted. I am terrible at math, so of course I decide to do a math related pattern. Duh!
Really, it wasn’t all that hard of a pattern. I divided the rug down the middle both horizontally and vertically and then did the same with the remaining spaces on the right and the left, top and bottom until I had a grid. I ran tape from corner to corner on each square until all squares had tape running through the center. I taped off the edge all the way around. I pressed down all the tape really, really well so that when I painted it wouldn’t seep under the tape and blur the edges.
Then I left it for a little too long on a hot sunny day. I killed the grass slightly where the rug lay. Don’t do that. We mourned the lawn for a bit and then I did it again. Oy.
Two coats of the left over watermelon paint I used on the Before and After chair post, and I was ready to take a look. It turns out I didn’t rub EXTRA hard, because the paint bled under the tape. Now I had to find a solution to that since I committed to giving this project a shot (maybe I should just be committed). I found white duct tape in the shed!
It looks pretty good from far away, but what about now? ……. Bad, really bad. Let this be a lesson for those of you who think decorating magazines don’t fudge the pictures just a bit. The lesson for me will be: 1. will the tape stay on 2. will it stay white 3. will it stay dry.
I could have let you think I was Decorating Awesomeness and never show you the rug corner picture. But I told you when I started this blog I would tell you what worked and what didn’t. This SORT of did, I want to be real and show that even a seasoned DIYer can mess up now and then. It’s all good!
Supplies from the Home Depot.