How to Paint a Rug Using Linoleum Flooring
Did y’all have a good holiday weekend? As I sit and write this post and reminisce about the extended time off, I am amazed by all of the fun that we crammed into just a few short days. Rest and relaxation were much needed in our household and we are happy to proclaim that we are overachievers! Boating on the lake, lounging at the community pool, happy hours and dinners with friends. Laughter and sunshine really are the best medicine. I even managed to squeeze in this DIY project -I will show you how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring.
Looking For a New Rug
Recently I have been on the hunt for a new white rug for my interior front door. Now I know most of you might think I’m crazy for having a white rug at the front door. This is a high traffic area, people wipe their feet on the rug on a daily basis and the rug gets super dirty. The main reason I prefer a white rug is this…I can bleach it. Bleach has always made the rug look like brand new, but now the rug is coming apart and has seen better days.
A couple of weeks ago I was at my local Lowe’s store and I spotted this remnant in the flooring department:
Breaking down the math, this is just $1 per foot. Immediately I knew that I could paint a rug using this linoleum. Hopefully I can create a rug that can be wiped off when it is dirty rather than having to constantly wash it. This is way more footage than I needed but for just $12 this was less expensive than a rug would cost. Plus the leftover linoleum can be used for other rugs or projects.
Awhile back I painted a rug using vinyl flooring . In my opinion the vinyl is thicker and more cushiony. The linoleum is thinner and has a plastic-like feel, so my painting method will be a bit different. Affiliate links included for your convenience.
- Linoleum remnant
- Linoleum cutter
- Masking Tape
- Stencil – like THIS one
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Pure White
- Acrylic Craft Paint – Cobalt Blue
- General Finishes Flat Out Top Coat
I know this tool is a bit scary looking It is made specifically to cut linoleum. My flooring is thin and a pair of scissors worked very well in the cutting process. Use care whichever cutting tool you use.
No measuring was needed for this rug. I just unrolled the flooring until I was happy with a piece that I thought would be a good size for the front door.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White – apply two coats.
- Apply one coat horizontal and let dry completely.
- Apply one coat vertical and let dry completely.
This is after just one coat of paint.
- Use masking tape to mark off the lines or design you choose to create. Also tape down your stencil. Apply well to avoid bleed-through.
- Use craft paint to apply stencil design and painted stripes to outer edges. Let dry completely.
- Apply two coats of General Finishes Flat Out Top Coat. Let dry completely.
- Place your painted rug by the front door and admire your handiwork!
Y’all know how much I love cobalt blue.
The painted linoleum rug looks beautiful by the front door.
As time goes on I plan to do an update to let you how this rug holds up to the dirt and the elements. My hope is that with the top coat finish, dirt and residue will just wipe off.
For now, the rug looks really good!