Cheap Outdoor Rug

Monica is back to show us her cheap outdoor rug idea.  She shows us how easy it is with a graphic stencil and a can of spray paint to transform a cheap indoor/outdoor rug.  Rugs are very expensive but often is the decorating piece that ties the room together. Monica’s idea is perfect for outdoor seating areas and I think you will love how she transformed her new patio with this rug. 
Hey, It’s Monica from East Coast Creative.  While Jess has been working on some indoor projects, I’ve been focused outside, and today’s tutorial actually had me fist pumping quite a bit while I was doing it.  I knew that spray painting my outdoor rug, rather than hand painting it, would save me time, but I had no idea just how simple it would be and how much I was going to love it!

Spray Paint Stenciled Rug

If you follow along on our blog, you probably know that my hubs and I have been DIYing a 600 square foot patio. It’s been a huge job, but it’s 99% done and we’re loving it! (Don’t tell our blog readers that I’m giving you a sneak peek, because they haven’t seen any of it finished yet!)

Anyhow, I wanted an awesome outdoor rug for the sitting area, but man alive, are they pricey!  Jess actually found this insanely cheap outdoor rug at Home Depot for a project at her house, so I jumped on the cheap rug bandwagon and got one too! Check out that price… $17.88!!

cheap outdoor rug

I did a project on one of our Nate Show episodes last Christmas, and it got me thinking…  I really didn’t want to spend a long time painting a rug, perhaps I could try something a little easier (I’m all about the lazy-man’s DIY). 
spray painted canvas

To make those canvases, I just laid a reindeer template on the canvas and spray painted over it.  When I peeled the template off, I was left with pure awesomeness! I decided to give that method a whirl with the rug.

Stenciled outdoor rug 3


Plain outdoor rug
Spray Adhesive
Spray Paint (6×8 required 3 cans)
Scrap or Newspaper

Stenciling process

1. Spray the back of your high quality stencil with spray adhesive (I only sprayed it 2x for the whole rug).  I had this Chez Sheik Moroccan Stencil already from Royal Design Studios. Then, choose one corner of the rug to place your stencil on.  I honestly only leveled and squared by eye and it worked out perfectly.
2. Use scrap or newspaper to cover the area around the stencil.
3. Spray the stencil with your paint.  I used Valspar’s Outdoor White so that it will hold up against all kinds of weather (including the million degree heat we’re having right now!)
When you’re spraying, you’ll want to spray directly down onto the rug, to prevent any bleeding, and hold your can a lot closer than you normally would. I found about 4 inches gave me quick, solid coverage.
spray painting with a stencil

As soon as I was done with one section, I moved onto the next.  I didn’t have to wait for any drying time etc.
Here’s the patio sitting area before…

before stenciled rug

And after…

after stenciled rug

inexpensive outdoor rug

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering, But how crisp are the lines? Does it really look good or does it look like a sloppy 20 minute project??  I’ll let you be the judge.  I’m crazy picky and this meets the Monica standard.
graphic print rug

After hauling 40 tons of stone and working for weeks on this patio, I needed a quick and simple DIY.  This outdoor stenciled rug cost me under $30 and completely helps bring the space together.  I can’t wait for cool, crisp fall evenings, when I plan on spending a lot of time outside in my new space!


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