Splash out – Painted Carpet DIY

painted carpet DIY

I am really excited to show you this post today, but not for the obvious reasons! Yes, the colour is lovely and it looks really cool, but it took me 7 tries to figure out how to make the paint stick!

You see, most paints that stick to a cut-pile carpet also changes the texture of the carpet, it makes it hard. And if you get a paint that is quite happy to be absorbed by the carpet, then you can also scrub it out*

I tried thinning the paint, spraying the carpet with water first, using thinners, even ironing it to fix the paint. But to no avail. In the end, I got the idea to use bonding liquid – the type that you use to get paint to stick to cement. And to my surprise – it worked! The paint stuck through various scrubbing test and after the horrid smell left, it works really well! I used Chalk Paint ® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Florence for my carpet (which was synthetic cut-pile).

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A few tips:

  • I mixed the paint to bonding liquid to thinners 2:1:1. The thinners is essential to help with spread,
  • bonding liquid bonds very quickly, so don’t hesitate: after you’ve mixed the paint with it, THROW! Otherwise it starts to go thick and makes a hard crust on the carpet instead of going into the fibers.
  • Let it dry outside and leave it there for a few days if you can. It really has a very strong chemical smell, but it does go out eventually.
  • If you’re quick enough, the carpet will remain soft without any bonding liqued clots.
  • If you end up getting thicker bits, just wait for it to dry completely and then use a hard brush to brush it out. It will only remove the clots and leave the rest of the paint.

*Any mom who’s ever tried to remove paint from a carpet will say that you can’t scrub it out completely and that’s true. But I didn’t want to be able to scrub it out even a little bit!

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Happy painting!

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Comments · 2

  1. Die lekker van hierdie idee is, dat in die geval van ‘n ouma wat ‘n effe kleurige mat het en gevlek is, kan dit modern maak met so ‘n tegniek…. dit klink goed !

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