Union Jacks are popping up all over the place and I love it! I did some searching online for a rug, but everything I found was quite pricey. I thought that with a little effort, I could DIY a painted Union Jack rug. It was a success!
This is my first tutorial, so here goes :)
White rug - I used the ever versatile and affordable Erslev rug from Ikea ($40!)
Photo of a Union Jack
Your choice of latex paint - I used 2 of RustOleum's premixed paints - more on that to come
Small foam roller
I started out with the rug rolled out on my kitchen floor and got to measuring. Using your Union Jack photo as a guide, start taping out the cross.
The stripes for the cross were 16 inches wide. No real reason for that size, I just liked that width once I measured it out. :)
I added a second strip of tape to make the white outline of the cross a little thicker. I wanted to be sure that the middle section was crisp, so I had to go back and fix it. :)
Next up, I measured the rays. I wasn't exactly sure how I would do this, so I just laid out the measuring tape from the corner of the rug to the corner of the tape box.
After realizing that would make the rays a little too narrow, I added a second strip of tape on the outside to thicken up the white outline. I pulled the middle sections of tape up.
I saved the tape "spacers" and reused them on the rest of the rays until everything was taped and ready for paint.
Since I know myself, I decided to write on the tape where each color needed to go. :)
Now we're ready to paint!
I rolled up the rug and took it out to my garage. I know much of the country is experiencing a heat wave, but man, it was a hot day to take on this project.
The colors I used were Rust-Oleum's American Accents Satin Colonial Red and Rust-Oleum's Painter's Touch Gloss Navy Blue.
Neither color was exactly what I expected when I opened them up, but it all turned out in the end. :) For this purpose, I think the gloss paint worked a little better than the satin. I only needed one quart of the navy, but I needed two quarts of the red. The rug just soaked up the paint. Of course I didn't have enough and had to go out and buy more!
I started with the blue and painted all of the blue sections first. It was much easier to paint with the "grain" of the rug than against it.
One tip is to make sure you've fully covered one section with paint before moving on to the next one. I noticed a few spots that needed touching up after it started drying. I ended up with a few spots darker than others because of those touch ups. It adds character :)
I then went back and painted all of the red sections, just being careful around the wet blue sections.
Can you tell it was getting hot? I stopped taking as many photos and instead, painted as quickly as I could.
I left it to dry in the garage for one night and then Scotch Guarded it the next day and let it dry overnight once again.
The finished product in the finished room :)
Is it perfect? Certainly not, but I wouldn't hesitate to do a similar project again. :)
Any questions? Just let me know!
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