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Learn How to Make a DIY Woodgrain Rug

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08.29.12

Today, BrightNest Facebook fans voted for the DIY project they would like to try, and this DIY woodgrain rug stole the show! Thanks for voting and enjoy your rug!

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

We love this step-by-step guide from A Beautiful Mess because the cost of their supplies totaled $10 (right on budget)! Keep dirty shoe prints off of your carpets and floors by placing this stylish rug outside, or simply use it as decoration in any room of your house.

P.S. We're highlighting this brilliant blog tomorrow on our Cool Site Spotlight! Check it out.

For this project, you’ll need: A tan rug (like this one), a marker (any color), scissors, tape, a piece of poster board and brown spray paint.

1. First, draw a woodgrain pattern on your poster board. Tip: Make sure your drawing includes lots of “knots” in your wood, or it will end up looking like zebra stripes!

2. Next, cut out your woodgrain pattern and place the cut stripes out on your rug. To cut it out, basically just use every other row as your pattern, and throw out the in-between pieces (see the picture below). Make sure to tape the edges of the woodgrain pattern to the ground to keep it from moving when you paint!

3. Next, spray paint! Make sure you’re outside or in a well-ventilated area when you do this. Also, you’ll probably need several coats to get the desired brown hue. Note: You don’t have to use brown! If blue is more your style, go for it!

4. Let your paint dry completely, then remove your paper pattern.

Enjoy your woodgrain rug! If you decide to tackle this project, please share your rugs with us at photos@brightnest.com. We can’t wait to see your rug!

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