Published on December 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Mod pink geometric painted erslev rug

Materials: IKEA Erslev rug 4’7″ x 6’7″

1. I was inspired by the nixon pattern used by Jonathan Adler and sketched it on a piece of paper
2. I taped out a border within the rug that seemed straight
3. After I taped the border I measured the inside space that i was going to work with and had my calculator handy…
4. I then taped the design out using long pieces of tape to ensure all of my rectangles and center lines would be as symmetrical as possible.

5. I then used my x-acto to lightly cut the design out of the tape without damaging the rug so that it looked like this

6. I then pressed the tape down throughout the rug in order to be sure it was sticking to it really well
7. I mixed the fabric medium into the paint really well
8. I rolled the paint onto the rug and was careful to cover every white spot that was showing.
9. After several hours of drying I peeled the tape off the rug.

10. I did my little happy dance because that scotch green tape rocked my world!

See more of the pink geometric painted Erslev rug.

~ holly – the almost 40 year old intern

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17 Responses to Mod pink geometric painted erslev rug

  1. mare says:

    how much liquidex was used for this whole rug? i’m looking to buy some, but can’t find it locally, and i have a rug about the same size. thanks! it’s beautiful.

  2. I love this work! I also want to know about the paint you used. How toxic is it? I have a baby who slurps everything he can get his mouth on… Thanks!

    • the almost 40 year old intern says:

      Heather- I used interior latex paint mixed with fabric medium (see my blog for exact brands and olors). I am sure you can used a nontoxic interior paint with fabric medium for same results ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    LOVE your table! Mind sharing where it is from??

  4. Anonymous says:

    i love this so much, the eames chairs, who is selling them?

  5. This is beautiful! I love the finished look of the room. It totally makes the design. :)

  6. the almost 40 year old intern says:

    it is all about the scotch green masking tape. that kept the paint from bleeding because it is super strong! fabric medium by liquidex paint by glidden! i link to the exact supplies used on my blog… thanks for the great comments! xo

  7. steam showers says:

    What type of paint did you use? I would think for some reason the paint would bleed into the painted lines. This is amazing great work!

  8. Amazing. How did it turn out so perfect?!?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I really, really love this finished product! Would you mind sharing the type of paint/fabric medium you used? I’m just wondering how soft the rug will be after painting it… thanks :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    You have much more patience than I would have had to do that. Kudos!

  11. majeral says:

    WOW YOU ARE TOO SMART FOR ME I would have run out the door screaming pulling out my hair..
    very cool

  12. Anonymous says:

    impeccable design and great photography – nice job

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Lovely!!! Great work!
    What kind of paint did you use?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful job! I’m green with envy!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I like it! Also liked the effect of the green tape by itself…. ;-) The picture on the wall, is that from collapsus?

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