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How to Paint a Vinyl Rug

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Hey y’all…so glad you are here today. I’m excited to show you my new painted rug. Actually it’s painted vinyl and I think it turned out great! I have done painted and stained vinyl rugs and mats for many years. They are fun to do because you can make them any color and pattern that you want.

Awhile back, my sweet brother Glenn gave me a vinyl remnant from one of his job sites. He was ripping out old vinyl in an apartment complex and I asked him to save me a piece or two. To get remnants in good condition it is best if they are under cabinets or inside closets as these areas have little to no foot traffic. (This post contains affiliate links.)

This piece was under cabinets and is in very good shape.

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

I was very happy that the top side of the vinyl was also in good shape. I typically have had to paint the backside of vinyl. Being the the top of the vinyl was clean and smooth I opted to paint the top.

You can see the shiny sheen here…

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

To knock off the sheen and to prep the vinyl for painting I used our favorite Zinsser Gold primer. This is the best bonding primer that I know of and as an added bonus it has a great stain blocker too.

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

Now, here’s the really fun part. Our great blogging friends Canary Street Crafts  had a stencil giveaway and guess who won?! ME!

I chose this beautiful Tuscan trellis design from Cutting Edge Stencils. They have lots of beautiful designs – take a look. You can purchase your own stencil here.

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

After I added one coat of primer, I added two coats of white chalk paint…

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

This vinyl remnant is large and will be a runner in my laundry room. I have been working on doing a mini-makeover for the laundry room – admittedly and it has been slow-going. This dark gray chalk paint matches the walls in the laundry room…

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

The hardest part of this project was getting up the nerve to load the foam roller with paint and put it down on the vinyl 🙂

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

The stencil comes with excellent directions and I believe are a bit different with each stencil. As you can see here, I would paint and let it dry before moving the stencil down to continue painting…

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

After the paint was completely dry I gave it a light coat of non-yellowing matte poly acrylic.
How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

I love how it turned out. After I see what it looks like in the laundry room, I may decide to paint a colored border on the edges, but for now I really like the clean edge. I didn’t want the stencil design to cover 100% of the vinyl.

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

 

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

 

How to Paint a Vinyl Rug - using a scrap remnant piece of vinyl. Easy project.

 

 

Painting a vinyl rug with stencil. How to project.

I plan on making a couple of more of these as doormats. They make great gifts too. Wouldn’t it be great to make a doormat with pumpkins or a Fall phrase? Hmm, the creative wheel is churning!

XO~Vicki

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18 Comments

  1. This looks so good! I love the way it turned out and I can’t wait to see your laundry room. I love the stencil you chose too. That black and white together are so classy. Love it, CoCo

  2. What a smart idea to use vinyl to make a runner! I love the stencil you chose and I’m so glad you won the giveaway! It looks so pretty. I really like your idea to make a seasonal doormat too. Hope you both have a great weekend!

  3. That does not look like a piece of vinyl that’s been painted, wow! Love the stencil pattern. Can’t wait to see the finished laundry room!!

  4. Liz Bonin says:

    Love this so much! Can’t wait to see the laundry room re-do!

  5. Wow Vicki this looks amazing! I can’t believe its painted vinyl. It looks awesome! Have a great weekend. Xo Lisa

    1. Tamara Seeburger says:

      Hi..i recently painted some vinyl as well and the edges are curling up..any tips to flatten them out?

  6. I have had a terrible time finding just the right floor covering for one of our entry ways and this is pretty cool! I would have never thought of it in a million years!

  7. I wonder if this would work on a small bathroom floor that I cannot replace right now?Is it durable?

  8. I love how this turned out. It’s so creative!! The pattern you picked is so chic. Thanks for sharing and linking up to Friday Favorites!

  9. Love how it turned out! This is one of the next project I will be tackling for the ranch reno

  10. Tamara Seeburger says:

    I just recently painted the back of a piece of vinyl and all my edges curled up 😞 I’m not sure what to do now!

  11. Hi I’m curious how you prevent the rug from sliding?

    Also, how is it holding up? I’m thinking of doing a project like this for my retail space.

  12. Elana Centor says:

    Hello!
    I am very interested in trying this. When I called a carpet outlet store they said you can’t paint on vinyl. Do I need to find vinyl made prior to a certain date or did the person on the phone just not know what they were talking about?
    Also do you need to have some kind of backing on it so it doesn’t slide or curl?
    Thanks,
    Elana

    1. Hi Elana!
      Being that this is a small piece of vinyl, we have never had an issue. On this particular project, we painted the top side of the vinyl. The backside had a foam cushion – therefore, we had no problem with the mat sliding.

      When we have painted the backside of vinyl, we put a store-bought gripper mat underneath to avoid sliding.

      To avoid curled ends – before painting, we cut out the size of our desired mat. We lay it flat on the floor and place stacks of books on each corner. The vinyl lays flat very quickly.

      We hope this helps.

      All the best ~
      Vicki and Jenn ~ 2 Bees

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