Rugs are really great and versatile pieces of home décor. They can make a room feel cozier and bigger at the same time. They also keep drafts at bay and add a pop of color or a fun pattern to the room. Rugs do have a downside, though; they can cost a pretty penny!
So, what's a frugal wanna-be interior designer to do? Turn to DIY, of course. Here at Wimp, we love DIY projects for the home. They might not save you time, but they usually save money, which is always a plus. On top of being cost-effective, you can also make a finished product that fits all your wants and needs to a T, rather than making do with something bought at the store.
Luckily, Meegan of the blog What Meegan Makes came up with an incredibly creative solution: the shower curtain rug.
Using a shower curtain, some scrap carpet, and a few other supplies, Meegan ended up with the rug of her dreams. Best of all, it wasn't even that difficult!
After looking for a rug that fit her style and budget, she had no luck ... until her daughter found this gorgeous shower curtain.
Yes, it's a shower curtain, but it's made of hemmed fabric and only cost $20. The material is crucial to this project; the curtain must be a fabric one, not a plastic one, for the rug to turn out right.
Next, pick up a flat pile rug or piece of carpet that's the size of your desired finished product.
The carpet must be flat pile so that the shower curtain lays smoothly on top.
Iron your shower curtain thoroughly.
If you don't get all the wrinkles out before you start, you'll end up with a wrinkled rug!
Next, position the curtain on top of the carpet, making sure that there is excess on all sides.
Grab your spray adhesive, and apply it to the underside of the rug AND the fabric.
While the adhesive is still sticky, spread the fabric smoothly and evenly on the carpet.
Plug the iron, let it warm up, and move it over the whole rug to seal the fabric and carpet together. Ironing the whole piece is important to make sure it sticks together really well.
After the carpet and curtain have been sealed together, flip the rug over. Use a hot glue gun to squeeze out hot glue onto the edges of the shower curtain and attach the excess to the back of the rug.
Make sure to pull tightly to avoid sagging and wrinkly fabric on the front of the rug.
When you're done gluing, the back of your new rug should look like this.
Make sure all the edges are firmly attached to the back before flipping the rug back over.
How awesome does this rug look?
You'd never guess it was actually a $20 shower curtain from Target.
But, wait ... you're not done yet! It's time for a thin layer of polyurethane.
Make sure to choose a water-based, crystal clear polyurethane. A quart should cost under $20.
Using a paint roller, begin applying a thin layer over the entire rug.
If the polyurethane looks white when it first goes on, don't worry! As it dries, it will turn completely clear. After the first coat, wait at least an hour for drying and then apply another one or two coats. Let it dry after the final coat until it no longer feels sticky.
And voilà! You've got the perfect new "rug."
Another bonus? It's easy to keep clean. Just use a damp cloth to wipe up any spills or dirt.
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H/T: What Meegan Makes