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first I added the dimensions of the rug and a quick sketch of the pattern to my sketch up model
gathered supplies ...
sw loyal blue, fabric medium, plywood for the stencil, and a rug (5'11" x 8'2") from Ikea
then I created a design in illustrator - printed on several pieces of 8.5 x 11 which were taped together
traced the pattern on a piece of 3/8 plywood - David then cut it out with a jigsaw (he is much better at precision cutting than me!)
We printed out our plan and wrote down some measurements - since the edges of the rug aren't square we ran tape down the middle of the points of the medallion so that they would line up
Prior to painting we took the tape off of the area to be painted - pressing on the board so it wouldn't slip! We also attached some paper bags on the outside of the stencil to prevent over spray
lined the points up on the center of the tape line
we were originally going to airbrush the whole thing ... but it took WAY too long - so we airbrushed the sides to get a clean line (pressing firmly on the board)
and brushed the interior - first coat looking very smurfy ...
Once dry we applied a second coat - yes! loyal blue - but when it dried it had way too much sheen (some are wet in the photo)
So I applied a final coat of loyal blue in matte
Once dry, it cut the sheen down enough - and there you have it a custom Moroccan rug!
Still a lot to do in this room - but I love the instant character that the rug gives the seating area and how it grounds the ottoman
If you saw my post on the ottoman - you may notice that the sofa is different
I originally wanted a new sofa, but since I wanted a bigger one and this barely fit up the stairs ... I settled on a new sofa cover from Ikea. It was recently discontinued, so we got $50 off making it $99
Don't mind the desk in the background ... it will be getting a major overhaul soon!
Even though it took a little longer than expected - I am in love with the end result!!
1. Use flat paint (higher quality paints will go on easier and save some headaches too!)
2. I would recommend trying Simple Spray, upholstery fabric paint or using a paint sprayer (I haven't tried these so I can't comment on the edges or durability, but would imagine that as long as the stencil is held tight it would work well)
3. A lighter paint color will require fewer coats - which will work best with this method, once dry the medallion will shrink slightly making it more difficult to line up for additional coats.