About a year ago, I bought seagrass matting for our front porch. I was on a tight budget and at the time, it was the best solution I could find. But the harsh Arizona sun and heat has not been kind to the matting. It is literally falling apart. I need something within budget, that can handle the sun, drys quickly in case it rains and looks great! Clearly, the best solution is to paint an outdoor rug.
I’m a sucker for a deal. And a 6 X 8 indoor/outdoor rug for under $20 by any name is a deal!
Admittedly, the rug is thin and has no design but for my purposes, these are good things. The rug will dry quickly when rained on and no design means I can start with a blank slate.
I want to keep it simple so I’m only going to add a 10-inch border around the rug.
I have a bunch of sample paints in varying shades of gray left over from painting our living room. This is the perfect project to put those to use. By dumping all these grays together and I have enough paint without having the expense of buying more.
There’s nothing better than using product you already have on hand!
I thought about using a brighter paint color for the border…but that’s not me. When it comes to decorating, I’m not a bright color kind of gal! I tend to stick with neutrals so this light gray on dark gray pattern worked for me. I’ll add bright color with accessories.
If at First You Don’t Succeed – Keep Trying
I had planned to paint the border of the outdoor rug using a regular paintbrush. Quick and easy – NOT. The paint lay on top of the rug and does not give good coverage at all so on to plan B!
Plan B involved painting with a small stiff, cleaning brush – you can see the brush in the picture below. This actually worked pretty well…but is VERY time consuming. I am not going to spend over two hours painting this rug with a brush – there has to be a better way.
I knew it was time to pull out my secret weapon, my Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer. If anything can paint an outdoor rug quickly, the Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer can.
I put the rug in the backyard on the huge piece of plastic I use to protect the floor when I’m painting inside. The rug was still taped and I taped paper to cover the center of the rug. I planned to spray paint the border.
This was going pretty well until the weather stopped cooperating. Five minutes after I got everything set up, the wind started to blow. It blew the paper in the center of the rug, the plastic under the rug, the tape that outlined where to paint and the rug. It other words, it blew everything!
What was to be a simple project turned into a disaster. At this point, I just wanted it done.
There is Always a Way to Get it Done
Plan D is my last effort. If it doesn’t work, I am packing it up for the day.
I cut a piece of 3 X 5 plywood – large enough to act as a shield, but small and light enough for me to handle with one hand. I lined the plywood on top of the rug right where I wanted the border. Then I spray painted the border with my Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer.
The plywood acted as a shield and kept the paint from getting onto the center of the rug. I kept moving the board as needed. A couple of times, I had to wipe pooled paint from the bottom of the board because it started to leave a thick line on the rug. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to maneuver the board and the sprayer!
I don’t have any pictures of Plan D because I had to hold the board with one hand and the paint sprayer with the other. But I’m sure you can visualize how this worked. And it is very easy and fast.
If I had used a larger, stiff brush, it wouldn’t have taken so long to paint the border with the brush. So, if you don’t have a paint sprayer, use a big, old stiff brush.
Materials I Used to Paint an Outdoor Rug
I love how this rug looks on our porch! If you try painting your own rug, please let me know how it turns out! (This post contains affiliate links. If you like and buy something, I’ll get a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you. That small percentage allows me to bring you free content on We Speak DIY. For more information, read my disclosure page.)
- Foss Hobnail 6 X 8 Indoor/Outdoor Rug – The granite and the chocolate colors are $18.88.
- Behr Satin Latex Paint (I mixed various shades of gray I had left from sample paints – but they were all in the gray family like this Behr paint!)
- Masking tape – I was using painters tape but soon realized that the regular masking tape works as well. And it is a lot less expensive.
- Large Stiff Brush – If I had started with a larger brush, I could have done the entire rug with the brush. But the small brush took too long so I ended up using the sprayer! And I’m so glad I did.
- The Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer is fantastic! It cuts painting to a fraction of the time.
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