This spray-painted outdoor rug project is easy; you can do it this weekend!
I've done some stenciling and painting things I used for rugs and flooring. I've done stenciling on a small pet mat rug and a piece of vinyl wallpaper as a rug for my laundry room. I bought an inexpensive outdoor rug at Home Depot to use with the new Vintage Cruiser camper.
You can see the cozy setup on a recent camping trip. That's Lulu Mae's brother Charlie hanging out. Notice the plain gray outdoor rug and the run-of-the-mill box fan.
Spray Painted Outdoor Rug
ah, so much better! You can see how I paint fans in the post Customized Plastic Fan. Today I'm sharing the painted outdoor rug.
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Tape the border of the outdoor rug
I wanted to spray-paint a border on the simple outdoor rug. I tried to tape off a border with the painter's tape, but it wouldn't stick at all to the texture of the outdoor carpet. Enter Gorilla Duct Tape! This extra tough duct tape worked well! As you can see, I used a tile coaster to space the outside and inside pieces of tape. It was sweltering, so I did the taping off inside and rolled the rug up to take it outside to paint.
Rolling up the rug crinkled the duct tape a little. I walked around the carpet—stepping on the tape to straighten it out.
Spray Paint Outdoor Rug
The cardboard was to prevent overspray, but after testing it, there was no overspray on the cardboard. The paint is Sea Glass by Krylon.
When spray painting something like this, it's best to spray straight down, not at an angle.
I love the new spray-painted border on the outdoor rug. It was so exciting to see the pretty mint color.
This outdoor rug is very thin and easy to manage. It isn't heavy and easily folds into a small rectangle fitting in the camper storage.
Here's a close-up of the pretty color. But it looks like it's missing something, right?
Apply Contact Paper Stencil to Outdoor Rug
I made a stencil on my Silhouette Portrait out of contact paper. I meant to show you how I use these types of stencils and forgot to take a picture. The entire piece of contact paper was placed on the rug before any weeding of letters was done. You can see in this picture I still needed to weed the ER in CAMPER.
Prepare stencil with paper and painter's tape.
I used the backing paper and painter's tape to protect the outdoor rug from getting overspray.
The contact paper stencil curled when the spray paint was applied. Again, I sprayed straight down without using any angle at all.
Yeah, that didn't work! The camera saw it pretty well, but the spray-painted stencil was not showing up in this image and real life.
Trace stenciled letters with Paint Pen.
I used a black paint pen to trace the Happy Camper letters and the inside and outside of the stenciled camper. Do you LOVE the sea glass color as much as I do? I wish the lettering and the trailer were larger.
The stencil was purposely put in the bottom ⅓ of the outdoor rug because the chairs will most likely be near the camper.
I love the "pop of color" the spray-painted rug and box fan add to the camper! Isn't it amazing how well the color of the spray-painted box fan matches the trailer?
I am a Happy Camper!
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