Last week I decided to highlight my own hair…my roots have been awful (now that my hair finally grows…might be those prenatal vitamins), and a salon visit just hasn’t been in the cards, er, budget. A couple of disclaimers: if my hairstylist is reading this, I love you and your work! And refer friends to you every chance I get! I just needed something to bridge the gap between visits. Also, if you are wondering why a pregnant lady is dying her own hair, I am now in my 3rd trimester and was very careful to open all the windows and did not apply directly to the scalp!
I purchased Clairol’s “Perfect 10”, and for only $11, I think it did the trick!
I woke up at 7 am before church on Sunday to get to work…so much for sleeping in.
The directions were super easy to follow, and the comb applicator attachment gave my hair a highlighted effect. I didn’t take a head-on picture, but you should be able to see it in my rug tutorial below. I was happy with the results and it saved me a good chunk of $$!
DIY Painted Rug
Our guest bedroom is a work in progress, and has definitely been placed on the back burner with our nursery room overhaul….but this past week I added a “runner” to go by the side of the bed.
I had seen a couple tutorials online on how to paint a rug, and it turned out to be a very inexpensive project. I found a rug at Lowes for about $13, and I used the same latex paint that I painted the bedside tables with.
The rug was a natural/tan color, and had a Berber-like texture. This is the before picture:
And a close-up of the tag in case you wanted to find it at your local Lowes:
I settled on a chevron design, and created a stencil with some card stock (actually a leftover box!) and tape:
I began painting with the Kingston Aqua, and made sure to measure between zigzags–I kept them 4 inches apart.
I used a “stippling” affect with the brush, rather than sweeping the paint on…tapping the brush to the loops in the carpet absorbed the paint best. Surprisingly, the stencil held up very well and the paint didn’t bleed underneath!
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just paint the whole thing aqua, and then add in black (my other paint color) stripes…frankly I was wondering this too, as I realized after this step that I was only half-way finished! But in retrospect I am very glad I didn’t, because the black was slightly transparent and the aqua would have shown through. I realized this when I botched up my pattern a little at one end of the rug, and it required several coats of black to cover up the aqua.
I held the stencil down over the aqua zigzags to create a crisp edge.
I gave it a good day and a half to fully dry. The how-tos I saw online said to use an electric sander as a last step to soften the fibers so the rug wasn’t so ‘crispy’ with all the paint. When I began doing that, however, it took some of the paint off….giving it a distressed look which isn’t bad, but not the look I was aiming for with this rug. And actually, my rug felt rather soft to begin with, even after the paint dried. So I just touched up the paint after testing out the sander.
The above was taken right after I finished painting…
…and after drying, here’s what it looks like in the room!
(I am anxious to paint the guest bedroom some day soon…this periwinkle color makes me go “eek!” every time I turn on the light! I think we’ll go for a silvery gray for the walls…)
Of course I can’t stop thinking about all the other designs/color combinations one could do…I think a painted rug would be so cute in front of a kitchen sink or right inside a door…so if anyone wants to tackle a project of their own, I’d be happy to help!
Up next…a DIY sunburst mirror, of course working on the nursery, and remember that tray I painted black and white? Every time I look at it it makes me upset. It just won’t do. So I’ll be repainting that again soon too!