How to Paint a Rug With Chalk Paint

Many people are looking for ways to update their old rugs without spending a ton of money on new ones. Chalk paint is an easy and inexpensive way to give your old rug a new look while still maintaining the integrity of the fabric. You can either purchase chalk paint or make it yourself. Here in these blog posts, we will show you how to paint a rug with chalk paint! 

How to Paint a Rug With Chalk Paint

Chalk paint is becoming more popular in recent years because its simple, cost-effective, and doesn’t require much preparation before use. So if you’re tired of your dingy carpeting, then this post will help you transform them into something beautiful with minimal effort! All you need is some chalkboard paint (or regular) and some creativity! So let’s get started!

10 Ways on How to Paint a Rug With Chalk Paint:

1. Choose a Polyacrylic Paint:

Polyacrylic paint is the only type of paint that will work for this project. It’s because polyacrylic paint contains vinyl, which allows it to create an ultra-smooth, flat surface on your rug. Without that ability, you would not get the smooth finish that will enable you to write or draw effectively on your rug.

2. Choose the Right Rug:

Any rug will work for this project; however, they are not all created equally. Use a flat weave or very low pile rug with short strands. The tighter the weave and shorter the strands, the better your result when you write on it with chalk paint. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that has shorter strands than your paintbrush.

3. Prepare Your Rug:

You’ll want to be sure that the surface of your rug is clean, dust-free, and dry before you begin painting it. If there are any stains on it or anything that sticks up, use scissors or a razor blade to cut it down to the rug’s surface. Then, let your rug sit for a day or two until it is completely dry.

4. Prepare Your Paint:

Pour the paint into a separate cup or bowl instead of directly from the can because this allows you to mix different colors easily. Once you’ve poured paint into your container, add a few drops of water to help the paint flow more easily from your brush. Then mix it well with a whisk or spoon.

5. Create Texture With Sand or Glitter:

Before adding paint on top of your rug, you’ll want to add some texture first. This is done by sprinkling sand or glitter on top of the painted area before it dries. You can use any color, sand or glitter that you would like. When the paint is dry, brush off the excess sand or glitter with a paintbrush.

Create Texture Before Adding Paint

6. Glaze Your Painted Rug:

Stencils and rubber stamps are great for adding a design to your painted rug, but if you’re looking for simplicity and speed, then try glazing. Pour some paint into a separate container and add water until it is thin enough that you can brush it on like you would with a stain. The glaze will absorb right into the rug and leave a subtle color behind.

7. Prewash Your Rug:

Before painting your rug, prewash it in cold water to remove any dirt or debris from the fibers. Once you have washed it, dry it thoroughly before painting on top of the fibers with polyacrylic paint. This allows for a clean surface where the paint can stick well.

8. Protect Your Floor:

It’s essential to protect your floor and furniture and anything else that might be in the way when you are painting a rug because splattering is likely to happen. Lay down newspaper, drop cloths, or plastic sheeting over your floors, and any other items in the area.

9. Use Casters:

As you’re painting the rug, use casters to move it into different positions if necessary. This allows you to paint all sides of the rug evenly, plus it’s easy to rotate the rug while working on the project without picking the whole thing up and turning it over yourself.

10. Make It Perfect:

You may need to spend a bit more time than you expected perfecting this project, which is why it’s important to be sure that the rug surface is clean and dry before beginning. Also, you’ll want to make sure that your paint consistency is correct, neither too thick nor too thin.

Rug Surface Clean Before Beginning

Some Tips and Suggestions to Protect Your Rug:

  1. Pick a rug with an adhesive back or one that can be tacked to the floor.
  2. Do not use hot glue or double-sided tape because it will be too difficult to remove later when you want the paint job gone.
  3. Tape off any parts of your floor around the edges of your rug that you don’t want to be painted.
  4. Determine if you are painting an inside or outside rug then choose the paint accordingly.
  5. Practice your pattern on a small piece of material or an inconspicuous area before painting the design on your rug to make sure you like it and see how many coats of paint will be required to get a solid color. If you mess up, wipe away the paint with a wet rag before it dries.
  6. Once you are ready to paint, place your rug in the location where it will remain for a few hours or days.
  7. If you don’t want to get paint on that area, put the paper down around the perimeter of your rug. Also, before laying cloth or newspapers down to protect your floor and furnishings from paint drips, cover the ground inside and out with paper.


Chalk paint is a great way to add color and pattern to your home decor. It’s easy to use, affordable, and looks beautiful with any surface material. Painting rugs with chalk paint is an incredibly creative way of adding bold colors and patterns without spending too much time on the project!

This DIY project will save you money and give you an original piece of art that no one else has! If you’re still not convinced about how easy it can be to create your own rug out of chalk paint, check out this other blog post on how to paint a rug with chalk paint with some simple steps. If you have any questions to ask feel free to comment below!

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