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schizo319
« on: July 06, 2013 08:38:42 AM »

Our local Habitat Restore did a class a while back on painting carpet squares. My friend and I went to the class and we've been hooked on painting "rugs" ever since. The carpet squares are $2 each at the Habitat store and it only takes an hour or two to paint them. SO much FUN!

My favorite so far:


This one still needs something. I'm unhappy with how close the lettering is to the edge of the rug too...
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013 08:57:40 AM »

those are lovely!  the fall one is really nice.   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2013 09:25:04 AM »

Love your rugs!  The fall one is my favorite, cute, cute!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013 09:26:11 AM »

The fall square is so awesome, I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013 12:39:46 PM »

A lovely idea. I never heard of painting on carpet tiles before.  What paint do you use and how do you set the colours?
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013 12:54:29 PM »

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What paint do you use and how do you set the colours?

It's just standard acrylic craft paint. We didn't set the colors - the paint sits on top of the carpet fibers and doesn't seem to fade too terribly, although they do wear off after a season or two of heavy use (about as long as a cheap seasonal rug from a big box store). I would imagine adding a fabric medium to the paint would help it last longer.

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2013 08:26:23 PM »

Love them!!  When I used to paint floorcloths, we would put many light, light coats (drying between each) of spray acrylic varnish on them.  They last quite long that way..  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2013 10:22:47 AM »

Great. Thanks for the gen about the paint you used.  I'd like to have a go myself.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2013 09:48:05 AM »

These are wonderful.
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