DIY: A Painted Rug for Apartment Balcony

May 22, 2021

painted-rugCreate an easy and inexpensive colorful painted rug for your apartment balcony … from a canvas drop cloth!

Tools and Materials:
Canvas drop cloth
Exterior paint
Stencils or painter’s tape for designs
Paint brush and roller
Exterior grade polyurethane

1. Before you begin, wash your canvas drop cloth. Do not use fabric softener or fabric sheets when drying. Set up a work space where you can leave the drop cloth to dry undisturbed for several hours.
2. Tape out or draw a design on your rug.
3. Apply the base coats. Use a 2-inch brush to paint the entire surface of the drop cloth. Allow it to dry overnight.
4. Seal the canvas drop cloth. Allow the design to dry at least 24 hours before you apply a clear polyurethane finish. Apply at least three coats of polyurethane, allowing 12 hours of drying time between coats. Be sure to brush all the way to the edges, so you seal all the exposed paint surfaces.

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