Have you ever bought anything online and had to wait with no expected delivery date in sight? This happened with our dining room table which took MONTHS to arrive. With no tracking update or any word from the seller, I was resigned that our table would rot somewhere in a warehouse. I thought that making a DIY rug for the dining room might be a subliminal hint to the universe that YES we’re ready for the table. And it worked 😄
I got the rug, unfolded it, and started ironing it because WRINKLES. That same morning, I got a call asking whether I would be available for the table delivery the next morning! Subliminal messaging works it seems…
I got the IKEA TIPHEDE rug in Natural/Black because it seemed like a good blank canvas to create a painted arch design. And at $9.99, it wouldn’t be a problem if this hack turned out horribly wrong, which I’m glad to say it didn’t!!
Read on to find out how to create a DIY rug with graphic arches!
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For this DIY Rug, you’ll need…
- IKEA TIPHEDE rug or any flatwoven rug
- Black acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Cotton string
- Pen / fabric pen
- Drop cloth
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Step 1: Protect the floor under the rug
Before you start, lay down a drop cloth or some cardboard under the rug to protect the floor while you paint. As far as I’m aware the TIPHEDE rug is thick enough that the paint won’t go through but better safe than sorry!
You might also want to iron out the wrinkles. Like all IKEA items, the rug is packed as flat as possible. Mine was folded into a small square and held together with twine. Ironing those wrinkles required the hottest steamiest setting!
Step 2: Draft the arches on the rug
Drawing the arches required a bit of maths. Now I’m not a huge fan of maths – OK, that’s an understatement 😭 – but sometimes it’s worth it. For those of you who are just as maths averse as I am, good news: I did the maths for you!
On the short edges, measure 62cm (24 1/2″) from the corner to find the middle. From this center point, measure 5cm (2″) on each side. Attach a piece of string to a pen to create a long-range compass. Hold the pen at the 5cm mark and the string at the center point. Draw an arch between the 2 points.
Now, create another mark after 9.25cm (3 5/8″) on each side and draw another arch.
Repeat this pattern (mark at 5cm (2″) then at 9.25cm (3 5/8″)) three times to create the full design and then reproduce it on the other short edge of the rug.
Step 3: Paint the DIY rug arches
Once you’ve drawn the design, create a liquid paint by mixing half black acrylic paint and half water in a pot. I found that this level of dilution effectively dyed the rug fiber without looking caked on like thick paint would. It didn’t run into the fibers either, it just stayed where you would apply it with the brush.
My advice for painting the rug would be to start by painting the edges of the arches before filling them in. I know this goes against most life advice out there but in this case, coloring within the lines is a must 😉
If you make a booboo… It’s fine! Just get a sponge and rub it well. Then rub some more. I’ve been able to erase a few drops of black paint so there’s no reason you won’t.
Don’t forget to paint the edges! It’s easily overlooked but lifting the rug to apply a bit of black paint on the edge will help the design look woven instead of painted on.