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I’m baaaaaack!

Holy cow I haven’t posted anything in forever.  This has been a crazy summer so far…my sister is getting married (in 12 days!!!!) so I’ve been home for the dress fitting and the bridal shower/bachelorette party.  Then my father turned 50 this year and we threw him a surprise party, so I was home for that.  Plus he has a huge 4th of July work party every year that we haven’t been close enough to go home for in forever, so we made another trek up for that.  And we just got back from a week long vacation in Emerald Isle.

Oh, and I’m pregnant!  That has been the biggest reason why I’ve neglected my blog.  I have had the worst morning all day sickness EVER.  I was a bit sick with my first, a lot more with my second, but this one has been absolutely horrendous.  From 6 weeks to 13 weeks I literally did nothing but lay on my couch as my children destroyed the house.  No housework, barely any cooking, no quality time with the kids, no projects, no nothing.  Just laying around.  I finally went to the doc around week 9 to get the magic nausea pill, and that helped…for 3 days.  Ugh.  I know it could’ve been worse…but it certainly didn’t feel like it at the time!  But I am now officially in the second trimester and feeling GOOD!  No more Hot Pockets, frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets for me; bring on the real food!

But anyway.  I realized it’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve updated anything and figured I should probably get on it.

When we moved into our Ottawa home we were faced with something we hadn’t experienced before:  100% hardwood floors.  Not a carpet to be seen–minus in the dining room.  Really?!  The dining room?  We quickly realized how expensive area rugs are and found a much cheaper solution:  painting a white rug.  I did some research on Pinterest (where else?) and pinned this post from Tatertots and Jello (a DIY home decorating blog that I adore, even if I never actually make any of their stuff, haha!).  I also found this post that recommended using a fabric medium to mix with the paint when painting rugs.  I ran out before I finished both rugs and I can tell the spots where I didn’t have enough left.  Those spots a lot more rough…it almost hurts when rubbing bare limbs on it.  I picked some up from Michaels with their 40% off coupon.

Next I found the design.  Both my husband and I loved this one so I decided to recreate it.

Step one:  the rug.  I picked up two white area rugs from Big Lots for $20/each.  I want to say it was this one…but this was 3 years ago so you’ll have to forgive my memory.

Step two:  the paint.  I headed to Lowes and went to my favorite section:  the paint samples!  I know I say it all of the time, but seriously, Lowes paint samples are the best.  Any color for less than $5!  I got brown, light blue, yellow, green and grey.  I also picked up a roll of green Frog Tape and a small paint roller and tray.

Step three:  marking the design.  This was the hardest part.  I opened the inspiration picture on my laptop and then sat on the floor with the rug, the picture and the painters tape and eyeballed it.  It took me hours to get the tape just right.  After I taped out the design I taped the entire outer edge of the rug as well.

Step four:  mixing the paint with the fabric medium.  Instructions are on the bottle, so pretty self-explanatory 😉

Step five:  painting!  I used a foam roller and did one color at a time.  I can’t remember for sure, but I think I only needed to do one coat.

Step six:  peeling all of that mother f—– tape off.  The second longest (and most tedious) part.

Step seven:  sit back and enjoy!  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received on this rug.  The design was so unique.  And people almost died of shock when I told them I painted it myself!  Totally worth all of the time and effort.  Not to mention the insane amount of money we saved by going this route.diy-painted-rugThe only sucky thing is the fact that we had two dogs and a toddler in the house.  By the time our two years were up we didn’t even hesitate–this rug went straight into the garbage.  It was absolutely filthy.  No amount of rug scrubbing would get it the pristine clean in the photo above.  I almost cried.

I also painted a rainbow rug for J’s room (I had a rainbow decor for her room in that house).  Fortunately this one made it through just fine…probably because it was in her room, where we barely ever played.  And never with anything messy.  It’s currently in our playroom downstairs and I don’t think it’s going to make it through a second move…diy-painted-rainbow-rug

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