Wednesday, September 15, 2010

THE BLUE SHAG RUG








So what do you do when you have too much coffee and a constant nagging feeling that the blue shag rug on your living room floor is not looking so good?  When I put the rug down in the living room six years ago I thought I was so hip and so chic. Now I'm not so sure. I dream of an antique art deco rug, blue and brown with birds and dragonflies and flowers. The problem my friends is we need to repair our leaky roof, so reality and good sense must reign over elegance and style, I'm afraid. So I ask again what does one do? My answer is. You paint the rug! Yes you heard me right.

This is how I did it. I bought four different shades of blue fabric paint and diluted it with a little water. I used a paint brush and brushed  from dark to light creating a funky sixties shag look. Well in my mind at least it looks like that and most of all it seems to have suppressed my dreams of a finer floor covering and most importantly the roof will  be fixed. So what do you think, did I do good, our am I crazy and seeing things?


Just a reminder if you try this at home, make sure the cat is far away and doesn't walk across the wet blue fabric tracking prints all over the hard wood floor as you race around frantically wiping and scrubbing  before the husband  gets home.



11 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Holy smokes, has Martha Stewart heard of this yet?

Ah-mazing results!! Fantastic!

Suzanne said...

Wow! That looks great! Will you come and decorate my house in Ct? I have the stuff, just don't know where to put it! :(

Mlle Paradis said...

LOVE IT! This is so GENIUS! And the kind of thing I pass far too many hours fantasizing about doing and never do, cuz I don't have the cojones. (Ask me about the time I dyed most of my white shirts a very unsettled ultramarine!) And what a great result, it reminds me of David Hockney paperpulp swimming pools. Dreamy!

Now I only have one question. It was a DARK blue rug to begin with, no? How did it end up mostly pale blue? Please explain!

Mlle Paradis said...

ok, the effect WAS unsettling - but what i meant was "unsubtle ultramarine"! yours so not!

ayeM8y said...

I like this idea and the result. As always lack of money fuels the imagination. I’m off to dye my cat bright red to match my purple rug. Maybe I can make him last one more season...

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

i like it....it's kind of fred flintstone chic and i mean that as a compliment! you are so creative. now as for your cat, he might have another pov! xoxoxo

Barbara said...

Very nice! It looks like a nice cool pool...

Amber Von Felts said...

Wow, that turned out really nice! I need a similar fix for my super Sh*tty linoleum in the kitchen. The landlords don't wanna replace it. Do they make linoleum dye? LOL!

La Dolfina said...

OMG, I can't believe you did that!
I truly thought you found it in that fabulous state! You are seriously amazing my new friend! I'm not worthy!
I can't tell you how wonderful it was to meet you. It really was a highlight of our memorable weekend. You actually saved the day and made everything awesome! I can't wait till we meet again... whether here or there. I still can't believe you painted your rug. I have a big smile on my face!!!!
xo Forever

Artist Pamela Hunt Lee said...

Fabulous idea to paint the rug! It is smashing. As a painter, I always tell friends they shouldn't stand in one place too long or they might end up being painted. Perhaps this is true for your friends as well?

Pollyanna said...

Truly an inspiring and creative look. And to think the bonus of the roof repair! Fabulous!