My Rug’s Metamorphosis



This story finally has a happy ending.  A while back I showed you what happened when I tried to paint my kitchen rug (here).  I actually didn’t even get to the painting stage because I stopped after applying a quart of primer.  Anyway, in case you forgot, below is what the rug looked when I decided that project wasn’t working.




I then came across something on Pinterest from East Coast Creative.  They made their own floor cloth by covering a rubber mat from Home Depot. A rubber mat works well because it is sold by the foot, and you can have it cut to your specific requirements. I knew they were on to something and thought it might just work for me.  I decided to skip the rubber mat step and just work with the rug that I had already ruined.  Thank goodness I didn’t get around to throwing it away yet.   


Iron fabric

I bought some chevron fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I went with chevron because I love the pattern, and I do not have one single chevron thing in my house.  Plus, the process is so easy that if I get tired of it, I can do a quick change. First, I ironed the fabric.



After ironing, I put everything on my dining room table and followed the directions from East Coast Creative.  I applied spray adhesive to the rug and smoothed the fabric out on top of it.  I think I would leave this step to the end on the next go round.




 Then came the fun part.  I started adding thin layers of  polyurethane. It was recommended to use a water based polyurethane so the fabric will not yellow. My fabric started to bubble up and come off of the rug a little at this point.  This is why I would do the spray adhesive step at the end.  I applied three thin coats and was sure to let it dry completely between coats.


Spray adhesive

After I did the three coats of poly, I redid the spray adhesive step.  I sprayed and then smoothed out the fabric.  I started in the middle and worked my way to each side, a section at a time.



Rolling pin

To really make sure I didn’t have any air and make sure the fabric was smooth, I used my pastry roller.  This was a great way to really smooth out the fabric.  If you do decide to do spray adhesive in the beginning, I recommend using the roller to help smooth out the fabric.



After Roller

Here it is after the spray adhesive and before I secured the fabric to the back.




I did the corners first.  To do this I  sprayed some adhesive and pulled in the corners on the fabric.




I took my time and folded it as if I were wrapping a gift. 




I did the same thing on the other side., making sure to pull the fabric tight.  I followed with duct tape to secure it really well.



Back of rug

I pulled back all the sides, used spray adhesive, and then secured them with duct tape.



Rug back after

This shows the back of the rug.  This rug always had a tendency to slide some so I will be adding some more caulking to the back to help grip the floor like I did here.



After rug

 I am thrilled with the results.  Since it is in the kitchen, it will get splatters and food dropped on it.  I already know that the poly makes it easy to wipe.


Rug in Kitchen- The 2 Seasons

Here is a full room shot.  It was actually a bright and sunny day in Syracuse when taking this picture and you can tell our kitchen gets a lot of light.

Cover an old rug with fabric.



To see some other successful rug projects of mine, go here and here.


The 2 Seasons


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  1. says

    Love your rug! Thanks for sharing how you made yours. Love that it is so practical for the kitchen. I may just have to make one of my own. 🙂

  2. says

    You had sun???? I live in Rochester…….what day was that??? I don’t even remember what it looks like!!!

    The rug looks great, thanks for the tut, let us know how well it holds up….thanks!!

  3. donna murphy says

    Good looking rug! Love the chevron pattern. I will definitely rethink throwing away rugs in the future. Thanks, Jordan!

  4. says

    i love the rug! i bought this same chevron fabric at Hob Lob and it’s just waiting on me to make a sink skirt out of it.

    found your wonderful blog from No Minimalist Here’s blog….can’t wait to read more of it!