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Zebra Rug

For about a month I started redecorating the house. I started step by step focusing on details, decorations and textures that I really wanted to feature.

Still not done yet, but it’s starting to look better and better.

The first thing, after the curtains of course, was getting a cool rug. I wanted a nice touch but when I started looking  for a fancy carpet I realized that paying over $700 for a rug is really too much because it won’t last that long.

I really don’t like getting my guests to take off their shoes, also my dogs enter the house without cleaning their paws, so why not make a better choice and spare some money on things that are much more important.

I decided to try out something so I went out and grabbed everything I needed for a custom DIY zebra rug.

It’s actually very simple, but it does take a lot of time to paint it all over.

I wanted a really big one, so it took me around 6 hours to finish it.

You need:

  • non elastic-beige suedette fabric(or any color you prefer)
  • two A0 papers for the stencil
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • textile color ( I used around 200 ml)
  • a brush

I got 2,5m of beige suedette but you can try it out on a smaller piece first. So first I measured out and drew the stencil on a smaller paper then scaled it up and printed it on two A0 papers. Cut out the basic outline and  then using a pencil started drawing the outline of what would be the zebra stripes later on.

You can surely start painting over by hand but being such a larg drawing, I wanted to be sure I won’t mess up.

After finishing the outline I cut the shape of the zebra hide and started painting the stripes.

Even if it appears black, it’s actually a dark brown. I mixed two colors to make out the dark brown because it matched my other furniture pieces. You can try out different colors, even something more bold like dark blue, red or green if you like.

So after around 4-5 hours of painting, it’s done. Now all you need to do is wait for it to dry out and then iron it with a cloth over to set the paint.

And that’s it! Easy as pie.

Would you try it?

 

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