I am so happy that you’ve joined me today and I’m stoked to be sharing with you this simple and cheap bath mat tutorial!
My bathroom started off life as a really dark pinky beigey yellow I don’t really know what to call it color. It was ugly and it was dark. Now my full bathroom is directly in the middle of the house. Any Okie will tell you this is a good thing if you don’t have a storm shelter (which I don’t) for tornado season. No windows mean no tree limbs flying through your person. And I have just freaked myself out because tornado season is coming up. Ugh.
So I wanted a nice, bright bathroom because no matter how clean the dark room was, it still seemed dirty somehow. First I painted it a yellow Russell loved and picked out. I felt like I was showering in an elementary school. Was it bright? YEAH but in a bad way.
So then I decided that I wanted a nice blue gray color that I had formulated in my head. I went over paint swatches like crazy, bringing them into the bathroom to see how they would react with no natural light (but a whole bunch of light bulbs). It took FOREVER but I finally picked out the color I wanted.
I went and had it mixed up and brought it home and started painting and noticed it was an obvious mistint and was dark, dark gray. It was also crazy glossy and I had asked for semi-gloss. I went back and showed them the difference and was told that they couldn’t take a mistint back so I went and bought another gallon. This came out country freakin’ blue. Totally irritated, I used the two colors to mix up my own brand of gray and I LOVE it. Long story short, it’s the paint I used for my rug…
For this project you will need:
- a $1.99 white rug from IKEA (but not available online, sorry!)
- stencil (premade like this one or homemade)
- paint (I used my bathroom paint + fabric medium)
- sponge brush
- stencil adhesive spray (repositionable)
or plain spray adhesive
Take your stencil and spray your adhesive to the wrong side. The front is kind of glossy and the back is far more matte. Allow the adhesive to become tacky, then…
Smack that sucker down on your rug. You have a few good times to pick up and readjust before it isn’t tacky anymore. Make sure you’re happy with the placement and then…
Use your hands to make sure that it is nice and firmly attached to make for nice, clean lines.
Take your sponge brush, dip it in a little paint and hop it up and down covering the free spaces in the stencil. Now this was my first go stenciling a carpet and I was pretty darn nervous and didn’t get enough paint around the edges (was afraid it would bleed under).
In the end I got less than crisp lines. If I would have thought it out I would have said, hey it’s a $2 rug. If it turns out awful it is still usable, I’ll just hide it from guests!
Take your stencil up and re-spray the back with adhesive. Match the shapes up with some of your already painted shapes and stick back down to the rug and continue painting and moving the stencil as necessary.
So there you have it! I used a stencil I have had for ages but slipped behind a bookcase and went AWOL on me plus my PERFECTLY matches my walls and rug cost me only $2! This is a win all around in my book, blurry edges or not! Hoping you have a happy, happy day!
Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website