Shannon Berrey

Painted rug

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I know that there are many of you moms out there who own one of these foam play mats.

Although these feel great underfoot, they are not the most sophisticated of color palettes.
 And, they certainly don't jive with everyones's decor. Sarah Baltare, of sarah.wandering decided to
customize one of these mats for her niece. Take a look at how great it turned out:


On the smooth side of the mat, she applied 2 coats of primer and then 2 coats of the base color.
With acrylic paints, she freehanded the floral pattern.  After sealing the pieces with 2 coats of
poly, it was ready for little feet!

Abbey, at Aesthetic Outburst, saw the post and was inspired to paint her own mat for her sons room.
She primed hers and then painted the chevron stripes with chalkboard paint. Isn't it great?! 


And look at the rug that Kim from Art and Cupcake painted for her kitchen:

  I love the results that all 3 ladies achieved and I also love the flexibility that these foam pieces
 give you as far as size. You can create the rug to be whatever size your room needs by
 simply clicking more foam pieces together !  If freehand painting isn't your thing, then there
are plenty of great stencils on the market.

 Have you tried this? I'd love to see it!

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CourtneyOutLoud commented on 22-Feb-2011 02:00 AM
I love this idea. It makes me think that for the next nursery I do, this may be my "cheap rug" alternative.
Darlene commented on 22-Feb-2011 09:34 AM
fantastic links, Shannon! My Monday post was about rugs for a boys' room.... I am thinking indoor/outdoor for them (read: indestructible). But I am definitely going to check these links out.
-{darlene} @
kristen f davis commented on 22-Feb-2011 06:54 PM
those are awesome...i saw it on design*sponge and definitely made a mental note to try it sometime!
A.S. commented on 23-Feb-2011 03:54 AM
What a fantastic idea! Those ergonomic mats sold for the kitchen are so expensive and not that attractive. I will have to give this some thought.

Found your blog via the mention of the lampshade project on k.f.d. designs. That was great too! I am a new follower.
denise commented on 23-Feb-2011 07:07 PM
I am def. trying this! I've never seen this before! LOVE it!
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Kim commented on 23-Feb-2011 07:33 PM
Hi! Thank you for mentioning my rug on your blog! My hits were up today and I was wondering what was going on! I enjoyed your paint by number post. Lots of fun.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting commented on 25-Feb-2011 07:39 AM
This is such a great idea!!!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting
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