Monday, May 23, 2011

Painted Canvas Rug: the Sequel

I've had a lot of questions recently about my Painted Canvas Rug I made for my screened porch last year. Some of you have been wondering how it's holding up, how do I clean it, etc. So, I thought I'd post some answers AND show you the new one I just made for my front porch.

I made my new one following the basic guidelines I used for my first one. Click here to read about that one & see how easy it is to make one for yourself!

For my new one, I had a hard time finding the same 10 oz. Heavy Weight Drop Cloth like I used before, so I ended up buying an 8 0z. cloth, cutting two pieces (approximately 50" x 70") and sewing them together for extra thickness.

Then, I ironed it out to remove wrinkles, prepared the lines, & painted.

I used craft paint again (Anita's Acrylic in "Hay"), thinned down with water. Once again, it only took one 99¢ bottle for the entire rug!

When the canvas gets wet with the paint, it sometimes tends to draw up & pucker a little, so you may need to use a scrap piece of canvas as a pressing cloth to protect your iron, & re-iron after the paint dries.

At this point, you may choose to spray or brush on a clear poly coating for extra protection. I did this on my first one, but decided to try this one without.

And one other thing I did to this one was to add a border of black with this belting (not sure if that's the correct name for it, but that's what I call it!). And I didn't even bother sewing it on, I just used my handy hot glue gun, and it worked perfectly.

Now my porch is changed up a little for summer, and I'm on the lookout for just the right table to make it complete.

And to answer your questions, my first one from last year has held up just great. It looks just like it did when I first made it. I do keep it inside the screened porch, so it is somewhat under cover. I'm curious to see how my new one does since it will have a little more exposure to the elements.

As for cleaning, I have cleaned my first one a few times now by taking it out on my driveway on a sunny day & scrubbing it with a deck brush & a bucket of soapy water (I use laundry soap). Then, I let it dry flat in the sun.

If you have other questions about painted canvas rugs, let me know & I'll see if I can help! And if you make one for yourself, I'd love to see it!

I'm linking up my new rug with a few of these fun parties!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Looks great! I'm so amazed at how easy you made it look!

  2. Julie-that is fantastic- I will be curious to see how it holds up with the two layers sewn together-whether it is more subject to "bunching". I love the looks of this and there is nothing to equal it out there! Hugs- Diana

  3. Wow! What an awesome idea :) LOVE IT!

  4. oh my gosh! what a great idea! i'll be making one of these for our new house. :)

  5. I'm doing this! As soon as I get my other stuff done. It looks great!

  6. Love it! Thanks for sharing, I have been thinking about doing something similar for some time.

  7. Wow - that's a really cute rug! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I LOVE this - I'm dying to try this for an entryway runner. I just have to get some drop cloth and belting and I'm set!


  9. I am crazy for this project and I love your color choice here. A real head turner. Thank you, too, for putting my button on your post. It is fun to see it there. Makes my blog feel real. :)

  10. LOVE it!


  11. That is so pretty. I love the yellow

    A Mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  12. love this idea and have just the perfect spot on the porch for one of these!
    Would love it if you linked up at our new party!

  13. Is your porch covered? I'm looking for something but my porch is not covered.

  14. this looks great and I love uour front porch! Plus the black trim is just awesome. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  15. I love this, the color combo of yellow, green, white, and black looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I have been wanting to make one of these for years, thanks for the tips! I just love yours, and your porch looks so welcoming.

  17. I love it... and that belting really adds a nice touch. I've been thinking of making one for our deck. It would be more exposed, but I thinks it worth trying since I won't be out much if it doesn't last. I can't wait to get painting. :)

  18. I'm curious how your unvarnished rug has held up. I was thinking of making one - I just did painted drop cloth curtains - but since it rainy season here getting it to dry might be tough.

    1. This one actually did not hold up as well as my first one which is still on my screened porch for the 3rd year. I found that they do mildew if they cannot dry thoroughly. I replaced this one last year with my bee wreath rug I posted about here:


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