Yes, you read correctly, EPIC. FAIL. Our first Pinstrosity here at B&B, though I’m sure it won’t be the last.
It all started with the discovery of this old cotton rug in the basement. Unused, just waiting for a home. I had been planning to come up with some sort of small rug to go with the new pop of green in our bedroom and this rug was the perfect (and perfectly free) solution.
Then I remembered seeing a little painted rug tutorial on Pinterest…
So I decided to give it a shot. I gathered my tools together. Only, I didn’t have painter’s tape, so I used packing tape instead. Same difference, right?
I had taken the lamp to Home Depot with me to try and match the color and it turns out Behr makes a shade identical – the third one in from the left on the paint chip above. BUT I also am very good at mixing paint to match things (a hold out from when I dabbled in art school) so I decided to skip buying the sample pot of paint and just use some acrylic paint I already had. Same difference, right?
Once I had the paint mixed and the simple stripes taped, it was time to get painting! I decided since I was hand-mixing the color, it would be best to work from the outside in, so if color variations occurred it would have a neat ombre effect to the middle.
The paint was looking great, but it was really soaking in, so I decided to water it down juuuust a touch, which really seemed to do the trick.
And to pass the time, I decided to gaze into the eyes of Matthew Crawley and the rest of the Downton Abbey gang…
…..a few more stripes were laid down before I even realized what was happening.
Yes, I had a bad case of BLEED going on beneath the tape! I was so drawn into DA that I wasn’t paying attention to how much I had watered down the paint!
So, what started out as a totally free custom rug, turned out to be a totally free blotchy mess! Fortunately, Kermit stepped in and showed me this beauty for the bedroom:
You win some, you lose some. Next time, I’ll spring for the frog tape and sample pot of paint!
What projects have you learned from lately?