How to paint a seagrass rug

Written by darcy logan
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Painting a seagrass rug is an inexpensive way to protect your floors while adding your own style to a room. This is an easy and creative project, and you don't have to be an artist to do it. Read on for instructions on how to paint a seagrass rug.

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Things you need

  • Seagrass rug
  • Durable, water-based paint
  • Masking tape
  • Freezer paper
  • Newspaper
  • Polyurethane sealer or acrylic spray sealer
  • Paint brushes

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  1. 1

    Purchase your seagrass rug. Rugs that have a tight, flat weave will accept paint and show texture better and are more durable. If you cannot find a seagrass rug, a sisal or mountain grass rug will also work.

  2. 2

    Decide on a design. You can cover the rug with a faux finish, stencil it, stamp it or paint it free hand.

  3. 3

    Purchase the necessary paint. You want paint that is water-based, self-sealing, scuff-resistant and suitable for indoor and outdoor projects (even for indoor rugs). You can use spray paint.

  4. 4

    Cover your work area with newspaper.

  5. 5

    Cover any areas on the rug that you do not want painted with masking tape and freezer paper.

  6. 6

    Paint your design. Make sure you use plenty of paint so it is absorbed into the material.

  7. 7

    When your design is complete, allow your rug to dry completely.

  8. 8

    Carefully remove the masking tape and freezer paper.

  9. 9

    Brush or spray the entire cloth with a polyurethane sealer or outdoor acrylic spray sealer if the rug is going to be in a high-traffic area. Cover the entire rug with the sealer, even the unpainted portions.

  10. 10

    Allow your rug to dry overnight and then put it to good use.

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