DIY: Turning an Old Rug into a Chevron Beauty!

In yesterday’s post, I shared with you how the classic chevron pattern is back and better than ever with a new twist making a modern and BOLD statement.  I wanted to add the stylish chevron pattern in my own home, so I took the worn and blah sisal rug from  my front foyer and vamped it up with some color and pizzaz!  Inspired by the nursery rug that Miggy of This Little Miggy Stayed Home, I set off to add some chevron into my life!

Here is a before shot of my old, ugly sisal rug that I’ve had for years ~

Let’s start the REVAMP!  First, you need your tools.  Using the right tools  ALWAYS makes the project SO MUCH easier. Figuring out the pattern was a little tricky and I had to do some calculations to make sure the pattern was centered on the rug. (Even with using my handy-dandy calculator and drawing, I STILL made mistakes)…no biggie…it’s handmade, right? That’s the beauty of it….Are you asking yourself what the clear “thing” is with the yellow on it (at the bottom of the pic)?  That’s an adjustable triangle.  It adjusts to the angle that you are working with.  Most standard architectural triangles are on a 45 degree angle or a 30, 60, 90 degree angle, but this magical instrument lets YOU adjust the angle to whatever you need.  It’s actually from my college days in Architecture school and even though I never thought I’d use this tool again, it REALLY came in handy for this project.  SIDETRACK, let’s move on…

I found the center mark with two measuring tapes and using Painter’s Tape started making my zig zag line from that point ~

Once you’ve got the center point and first line complete (which is the most difficult part of the project), you are smooth sailing… I chose a zig zag width of 5″ thick and it made sense for this 5′ x 8′ rug size.  Thinner or thicker stripes could also work.

Continue your zig zag stripes to create your beautiful chevron patterned rug ~

It’s time to start painting!  I chose the colors of chocolate and burnt orange.  Both colors I already had from other painting projects in the house.  At this point, I’ve spent nothing for this project (I even had the painters tape from our recent basement renovation).

Because the rug had a worn look from years of foot traffic, I wanted to create a distressed, non-perfect chevron look. Using a dry brush method, I applied one coat of paint in a stipple style.  Chocolate is FINITO ~ on to the Burnt Orange…

And it’s done!  Looks a little weird with the blue, but just wait…

Beauty! (it doesn’t look amazing against the existing blue tile, but that’s another project for another day…it’s all a work in progress…)

I love how the rug looks with the vibrant colored striped fabric on the bench.  It also works wonderfully with the rug designs in the two adjacent rooms. (The scale of the jacket on the hook looks a little odd ~ guess I should have taken it off, O well…I still love the rug)!

Another view…

I’m in LOVE! With the added pattern in the room, the foyer looks completely different.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my chevron tutorial.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  Do you have any chevron pattern in your home?

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  1. says

    Hey there! It looks great! Don’t you just love the final reveal? It looks like a big o’ mess with blue tape, then TA-DA! It looks great and I’m glad you included a little more instructions for getting the chevrons just right. That was the hardest part by far. Congrats on the beautiful rug!

  2. says

    thanks for linking this up. seriously you did an awesome job.

    jen from tatertots & jello & i have been emailing about painting a sisal rug. she want to do a chevron. great minds, i tell ya….

    have a super weekend.

  3. Laura says

    I love your rug. I just realized that I have an old sisal rug in my shed that I forgot about, plus I have tons of leftover paint to use on it. Thanks for posting. I hope mine turns out as great as yours!

  4. says

    This is a great idea! I found you via blue cricket design and I’m so glad I did. I recently graduated with my BFA in interior design in 2010, and went into business with my fiance here in Florida. The market is definitely not the best right now, but we are hopeful! If you have any advice, I am alllll ears. :)

    while I’m here, I thought I would also let you know that I will be having a blog hop starting this Saturday the 25th and a “Craftastic” Tuesday, beginning the 28th….I would love for you to stop by and share your projects.


    • Jenna says

      Congrats Jamie on starting your own biz. It definitely is difficult in the beginning, but it’s a risk and without taking risks, life is sometimes boring. Advice? hmmm…take one day at a time and don’t give up. In time, it’ll come!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks so much Amanda! I’m definitely going to check out what you did with your old rug! Thanks for the kind comment!! xo Jenna

  5. Amelia Webb says

    I love it. If you have any advice, I am alllll ears. while I’m here, I thought I would also let you know that I will be having a blog hop starting this Saturday the 25th and a “Craftastic” Tuesday, beginning the 28th….I would love for you to stop by and share your projects.