A Painted Floor 'Rug': A Step by Step Guide

This is a painted floor I did for my craft room.
I wanted a 'rug' that was fun, bright and cheery….
to inspire creativity while I'm in there crafting away....
I think I accomplished that…..
This was brand new carpet that the previous owner installed….
the hubby thought I was little crazy for ripping it up!
I always have a much needed helper around!
After I ripped up the carpet I removed the tack stripes around the room..
You don’t want to step on these things! Trust me! OUCH!
Then I pulled up the padding…
{I saved the carpet&padding…who knows what project I’ll need it for later}
and removed all the staples with a screwdriver.
Then I vacuumed the floor a few times!
You don’t want any dust or debris while you’re painting…
Time to paint the floor.
I gave the sub floor two coats of some gray paint.
I did not follow any rhyme or reason with this floor..
I simply used the paints and stencils I had on hand...
So this floor was no cost to me…..just my time…. about a weekend.
I wanted a fun colorful craft room floor that looked like a rug…
Here’s what I did:
I outlined my floor with some Frog Tape
I didn’t measure for the middle of the room because I wanted it a bit off center.
I plan on a build-in desk under the window so that side of the room has the 'rug' further out into the room.
All around on the outside of the tape I used a
Hobby Lobby star stencil and some craft paint.
I just used one coat of paint because I plan on sanding the floor to give it a distressed look…. so no need to be perfect….

Next I used my ruler as a straight edge and to get the right width.
Then added another round of Frog Tape.
Love this tape! I had NO seepage at all!
I painted a coat of purple with my craft paint between the Frog Tape.
Then using my Frog Tape as a guide for my stencil edge….
I painted a round of yellow dragon flies.
This was a cute little free stencil I received from
Cutting Edge Stencils when I placed an orderSmile
Then I laid another round of Frog Tape.
I gave my stripe a coat of orange.
Again using my Frog Tape as a guide for my stencil…
I used the other side of my star stencil to paint some pink stars.
Starting to LOVE the look of my painted rugSmile
I used this wood thing in each corner..traced and painted
Then I dabbed some white polka dots!
Trying to figure out what to do next…
I was gonna use a coaster to make a round of diamond squares..
But thought that would be too time consuming…
So I did another round of tape…
I measured from a few areas to get a straight taped edge.
I used a piece of wood to get my width
I gave each corner a slanted edge…
I did two rounds of Frog Tape using my wood guide
and painted both with teal
Another round using my free with purchase Cutting Edge Stencil and
painted some little blue butterflies
Almost done!
I wanted some inspiring creative words in the center of my ‘rug’
I laid out some cardboard letters…..
Then I just traced each letter with a pencil……
and painted them in orange.
Ekkkk! Do you LOVE it?!?
and to finish off my rug I used another star stencil in the center
Ta da!
My sweet little helper
The next step is to distress the floor with a sanding block
and it’s nice to have a helper!
I love the worn look….
and it tones down the bright colors a bit.
The final step, I gave it two coats of a floor finish!
I used a water based polyurethane in Satin.
Rust Oleum 230131 Varathane Water-Based Diamond Floor Finish

Can you see the slight shine??
This fun floor is perfect for a craft room!
If this isn’t your thing…..
Check out Roeshels’s awesome painted floor over at
The DIY Show Off 
It's very classy and modern! 
Here's a sneak peek of the fun walls I'm painting......
 This room is gonna be FABULOUS when it's all done......so stay tuned! 
 I am entering this project over at the:
DIY Club

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Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Just wonderful - you certainly have a lot of patience!! Love it

Amy Fountain said...

Love the DIY crafts :)

Christine said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The result is GREAT!! I would love this in my basement!!

Please share this over at The DIY Dreamer!! Please :)

Unknown said...

This looks fantastic and you are one patient mama, wholy moley!! WOW kudos to you for all that work!!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

You are a crafting genius! This is amazing - thanks so much for linking up and the RT :)

Janel from NellieBellie said...

What a fun, bright space! Thanks for linking up at Hating Martha...you seriously made my night!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! You did a great job!

April said...

HOLY COW! This is amazing! you have some serious patience girl! I would have gotten as far as removing the carpet! lol of course, I am terrible with stencils, but wow! what a payoff for all your hard work! Seriously incredible!

Aramelle {One Wheeler's World} said...

I have to confess that I agreed with your husband when you said you pulled up brand new carpet to paint the floor. lol I love the end result, though. And your little helper is absolutely adorable! :)

(Visiting from Feature Yourself Friday)


At The Picket Fence said...

Girl it's amazing!! You did a fabulous job on it, bright and cheerful and WAY better than the carpet. ;) I love seeing Rains helping you, so cute!


Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Hi Michell, What a fun, whimsical project. I love the fearlessness it took to rip up that new carpet & the patience it took to do the taping & painting. {Don't you just love Frog Tape?} Congrats on a job well-done!

Warmly, Michelle {with an "e"}

sstone said...

Wow! I'm very impressed! You put a lot of work in, and it looks fantastic!

imklvr said...

I'm speechless. (if you knew me, you'd know that's pretty impossible!) This is just incredible! Love, love love.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Very fun!!! Megan

Jen Lossing, Artistic Abode Designs said...

This is so cute and so very creative and very original. Great job!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! You really did a great job. I'm sure all the time and sweat was worth it! I love the colors and each little piece.

Unknown said...

This is beyond amazing! I LOVE it...can I move it? I cannot paint a floor...yet (sent too much $$$ tp have someone else do them already!)...but I have a bulletin board (that I have not posted) that kind of matches (it says Create, Imagine, Inspire!)

Anyway I think this is an amazing project (another one!) and I am featuring it BIG time on Tickled Pink!

Brittney Biggs said...

I have chosen your blog for the Sunshine Blog Award. Read more about it at: http://quirky-crochet.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunshine-award.html

Dianne Grover said...

Those are definitely some of the most beautiful painted floors I have seen. I think painted floors are a great way to put the uniqueness of an individual into flooring Houston. They might be a bit of work, but I’m sure that it will all be worth it at the end.

Anonymous said...

Hi Friends,

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