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Topic: Carpet square rug...the poor girl's floor covering!  (Read 6510 times)
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2010 08:58:07 PM »

I am so making one of these! thanks for the info!

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2010 03:28:52 AM »

omg this would look cool in my livingroom!!! thanks for the idea!
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2010 12:44:51 PM »

totally cool idea!
you did a great job

what was the total cost?

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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2010 06:29:47 PM »

Wow, so many nice responses!  Thanks guys!   Roll Eyes

The total cost:
$23 for the carpet squares ($1 each, he threw in a few for free)
$12 for the tape that went on the back--I know they sell this sort of stuff at HD and Lowes, but I bought it on sale at the same carpet store

I only used one roll of the fancy binding tape that is supposed to go around the edge.  One roll of 6 feet was something like $5, it just didn't really matter too much to me since the edges were shaggy and the raw edges have never been a problem.  You could use hot glue or even packing tape.

Since this picture, I've actually cut the rug into two pieces!  One large rug into two small ones looks a lot better in my small studio apartment.

Best of luck, I'd love to see pictures of other crafter's improvements!

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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010 09:43:31 AM »

You are my knight in shining armor right now!!  I have a white rug in my living room that just drags the entire room down because of all the "oopsies" we've had with drinks and such.  Can't get a new carpet because that'd be way too expensive, but I hadn't found a rug that I liked enough to put down in there till now!  I'll definately be making this.

Would white glue or packing tape be strong enough to use to hold the carpet squares together?

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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2010 09:34:51 AM »

Oh yeah! This is the kinda thing that's right my alley. Your rug looks really cool!

Right after graduating college a few years ago, I lived in a older house with cool wooden floors.  "Cool" in that they looked cool ... and also felt cool all the time.

I got tired of waking up and having to walk across the cold floor with my bare feet ... but I was too broke for a rug. All the awesome looking rugs I liked were way too pricey.

Well, in school, I was influenced by what I call the "Lowe's Aesthetic" ... or "Hardware Chic" might be a nicer way to put it.


I found this old dumpy hardware store in town that had all kinds of oddball stuff. (Always smelled funny in there too ... haha) Anyway, they had a pile of carpet squares like you found, plus they also had a pile of high-traffic "industrial" style carpet squares in all kind of weird colors/patterns.

They measured 19" square (well, roughly ... they're all off just a bit) and they cost $1.18 a piece.

It was like eye candy to me. They were so ugly, but super cool when I put them together. I was so excited, I purposely hid all the cool ones on the bottom of the pile until I had enough money to buy them.   Grin

I finally bought them, and they worked out well. I was too broke to buy tape, so I just layed them on the wood floors with some of that rubberized shelf lining stuff you can get at the Dollar Tree underneath.  They worked awesome and I always loved how they looked.

Now I'm married and we live in a small apartment with "blah" carpet ... so there's just not quite enough room to put them out, plus they clash with the carpet, so I keep them waiting in the closet, hopefully to use in a future house sometime.  I took some pics of a few of them laid out real quick to show you what they look like ... so hopefully they show up.  Cool


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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2010 06:29:37 AM »

That's so awesome! What a great idea. Funny thing is, people probably pay like $500 at Pottery Barn for a rug that looks like that. Suckers!

Great work!  Cheesy

Yeah, and they have them at Big Lots for (I think) $30!  Roll Eyes Silly people, dropping $500 on a rug like that.. Geesh.. Lol

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