To put a brand spankin’ new WHITE spotted Ikea rug at the front door! Yes, the rug is indoor-outdoor worthy, yes, it cleans up pretty well, yes it hardly cost a thing…but those white spots still didn’t stand a chance of staying white.
If you need it, here’s proof that walking in and out all summer on the rug, could only get worse during the rainy winter coming up.
So I started to think of ways to solve this problem in the fashion I do all my solving – over coffee with a paintbrush in hand.
If you think about it, how do they dye these things in the first place? Usually a watery type substance. If I used straight paint, I ran the risk of the spots being crunchy and hard. I needed the rug to stay pliable and soft. I started testing by using mostly water and just a blob of black craft paint. See that little half circle at the top of the rug?
You could use any paint you have around btw. I’m confident this would work on any type of rug, but if you have something heirloom-ish or expensive, think twice on this permanent solution, because once it dries there’s no going back. If you panic after starting and change your mind, flush it with lots of water before it dries and sponge up with a white towel or paper towel, pressing, not rubbing.
I dried it with my trusty blow dryer to see how it faired. And…SUCCESS! Keeping the paint super diluted worked like a dye would. I rubbed in the solution with an old paintbrush.
People, there are lotsa dotsa on that little rug. It took quite some time to tint those spots.
I decided to go ombre’ and start out darker where you come in to the house and hit the rug, adding more and more water to my mix in order to dilute the gray until the last bit of rug remained the original white.
And there you have it. Cost: Zippo, Zilch, Nada since I used about a tablespoon of paint to a lot of H2O.
I thought of adding a word spelled out in dots in a different colour, but I couldn’t decide on the best way to execute that idea or if it felt too cutsie for me.
I’ll let you know how we did over the winter months when the wet footwear tramples all over the rug, but I’m guessing we’ll be just fine. And if not, I’ll just whip out the tools to colour in the rest of the rug. Splendid!
34 thoughts on “Seriously, What Was I Thinking?”
This rug is adorable! I never would have though to try something like that, but it turned out awesome. Kudos to you for thinking outside the box! 🙂
Thanks! I have to find a better phrase than “I’m cheap” to respond to your kind comment though, lol, but it’s the truth! Got to use what I have. Especially since I should have known better when I bought the rug in the first place 🙂
That’s a cute rug, and from looking at the last picture, your house must look cute too!
Well you are kind to say so – I love decorating so I’ll take your compliment!! Thanks for stopping by!
Well you’ve been with me long enough to know how I tick, brilliant is a very kind word to use, lol. Thanks!
Thats pretty awsome. I have a rug from ikea in my sons room. I think its the same type of rug but with a slightly different pattern. Its black too but instead of white dots it has swirly lines made up of white dashes. The dashes arent exactly white now so maybe i will try your dying idea.
Oooh let me know if you do and what you think and I’ll link your post to mine! Colours could be a cool way to go in a kids room. Fun!
Thank you for loving it! So far it’s working well and not crunchy 😉
Thank you! It was really bugging me all gray and grungy. Now it’s gray on purpose!
You are so creative! I love how you re-purpose ordinary things with stuff you have around the house.
Thank you! I try hard to decorate in Every Woman style so that it’s easy for anybody. There’s solutions out there if we just try. Loved your comment 🙂
Yay!!! I’ve been missing you! It’s funny, today I was vacuuming and we have very brightly patterned rugs with huge flowers, and the biggest are white and looking dingy. I’m thinking I need to try this.
I love it and I have some avocado green that would look super cool watered down. I’ll post on my blog how it turns out. How long did it take to dry???
I had 4 projects on the go and none were coming together – until today 🙂 I’ll link your post when you do it! It didn’t take that long, I didn’t soak them, you don’t need much. You can always use a blow dryer too. Can’t wait to see…
You are so silly! … in the best way of course! :0) You are a fantastic problem solver!… mind if I pull up a sofa and lay it all on ya? LOL! Seriously … this is a fantastic idea!
ANYtime! If we didn’t solve your problems we could still have a laugh and talk painting!
Whoa Nellie! Careful! You might not get rid of me then! lol! :0)
What a quick and easy fix! Thanks for sharing your decorating wisdom! :~)
You bet! Sharing is good!
Nice solution. 🙂
It’s still soft too! Yay to solutions!
Great idea! Love the ombre too.
Ombré is awesome! It makes it look like style instead of dirt coverage 🙂 Thanks for the comment!
Great idea! I like the ombre effect! Very clever!
Thanks! It was less work too doing the ombré. Good thing it’s in style 😉
That’s why I hate decorating. I just don’t have those kind of ideas.
Thanks for the like on my post. Best wishes, Pete.
And THAT’S why you should follow my blog, lol. Then you could do it and call it your own!
Not cheap–“very clever” or “insanely creative” would be more apropos. 😉
Oh you flatter me, but thanks for doing so! Instant good day 😄
Pat yourself on the back for not giving up on that rug! You are ridiculously creative.
I AM ridiculous for sure 😉