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How to Paint a Rug Using Linoleum Flooring

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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:

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Vinyl remnant on clearance.

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.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Lots of vinyl for a little price.

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.

Supplies:

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.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. This is a vinyl cutter.

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.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Cut the vinyl to the size of mat that you prefer.

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.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Use a paint roller to apply paint to vinyl.

This is after just one coat of paint.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. after one coat of chalk 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! 🙂

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Use masking tape for areas to be painted on vinyl floor mat.

 

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. These were the products used to paint the floor mat.

Y’all know how much I love cobalt blue.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Making a painted vinyl floor mat is easy!

The painted linoleum rug looks beautiful by the front door.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. Easy to make painted vinyl floor mat.

 

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. DIY blue and white painted vinyl floor mat.

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.

how to paint a rug using linoleum flooring. Painted Vinyl Floor Mat. DIY Painted Vinyl Floor Mat

For now, the rug looks really good!

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12 Comments

  1. Vicky, your painted rug is beautiful. Such a striking rug at your front door and easily washable by hand. I have thought a lot about doing the same with some remnants I have here at home, and your description makes it look easily doable. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea. And I hope you continue to feel better. So sorry you had to go through what you did. Take care and have a wonderful day!

  2. I love the combination of crisp white against the blue and that bird is so precious! This is such a great idea and your rug is totally fabulous. Love! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Debra Casebere says:

    Awesome! Beautiful! I look forward to hearing how it holds up!

  4. Great idea. The colors are fantastic and the blue really pops!

  5. I would use a poly sealer for porches on the top. Great idea though.
    I have always wanted to do a floor cloth using canvas (a drop cloth). Your project has inspired me.

  6. Absolutely love your new rug, especially love the bird design. Amazing the magic you create out of nothing!

  7. How did you keep the remnant from curling on the ends and sides

    1. How did you keep the remnant from curling on the ends and sides

    2. Hi Donna – with the linoleum that we used there was no issue with curling up at all. The linoleum has always remained flat even after first rolling it out. If you have a problem with a remnant we suggest weighting it down with heavy objects such as a box before painting.When paint is added this gives extra weight as well. This painted remnant is still at the front door and we haven’t had any issue with curling, chipping, etc. Let us know how this works for you.
      All the best.

      Vicki and Jenn

  8. Suzanne Prieur says:

    Hi,

    I’m about ready to start painting my lino & have a couple questions, please.

    1. Did you paint the edges? I know it’s really thin, but it is visible.
    2. I’m concerned about the edges cracking. Is yours still intact? I was thinking about using some heavy duty tape on the edges, but am concerned about adhesion.
    3. Did you degloss the linoleum as well as the vinyl?

    Thanks,

    Suzanne

    1. Hi Suzanne – thank you so much for reaching out to us. The linoleum that we used has held up extremely well!

      1. The edges were not painted. Even though we used blue paint and white paint, once the mat was placed at the front door we did not notice the unpainted trim.
      2. We have had zero cracking. This mat has been at the front door of Vicki’s house since it was painted. It gets wet when it has been raining outside. Spray cleaners are used to remove dirt marks. Also, there has not been any issue with rolling up corners or edges.
      3. No degloss was necessary at all.

      We would love to see your painted mat when it is complete! Best wishes and thank you so much for following along!

      Vicki and Jenn

  9. Tonya E. Hartman says:

    Wow! Nice Tips to paint a rug… I applied these steps to clean my flooring and its worked… Thanks for sharing with us…

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