Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint. You can paint on a variety of designs from squares or diamonds to circles. We chose a Moroccan design and you can grab the free pattern for that below!
This is just one more inexpensive way to update your home. Need more ideas? Check out our “Budget Bedroom Makeover” series! FYI this project was done by our daughter Jennifer.
Stencil & Paint Carpet Supplies
- Closed loop rug or carpet (A low pile open loop carpet might work if its VERY low and very tight.)
- Stencil of your choice (or ours below)
- Masking tape or chalk pencil to mark the carpet with
- Any indoor latex paint
Moroccan Stencil Download
- Create a stencil out of paper or poster board.
- Start in the center of the rug and work your way out with the stencil using masking tape to outline the stencil shape as shown below. Yes, this is a bit tedious and takes some time to do. Just turn on the radio or watch some TV while you work. You could also use a chalk pencil to outline your stencil if you find one that works with your carpet and shows up well. That would be much quicker.
- After you’ve taped off or outlined your stencil, fill in the areas where the stencil was laid with paint, being careful not to push the paint under the tape if you’re using it. Depending on the pattern used and the type of carpet, a foam roller might work. We used a small bristle brush for ours.
- After it dries, determine if it needs another coat or two.
- After all coats have dried remove the tape.
The rug we gave a makeover to was one I’d had for quite a few years.