DIY Painted Drop Cloth Notebook Paper Rug

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We are officially a home school family. And, now that my home has been turned into a school, I’ve been working hard on creating a classroom that makes school days a bit easier.

I started at some of my favorite places–World Market for chairs and a book tower, Ikea for an adjustable table. I found cute little finishing touches from a few other places, but the “right” rug was incredibly illusive.

Then, I popped over to Pinterest (where all clever things live) and found the perfect notebook paper rug in a very cool home school space. Turns out it was the Composition Rug from Land of Nod, but it was way too expensive and sadly, no longer available.

After a ridiculous amount of searching, I remembered a post I’d seen about DIY rug painting and got the notion that I’d upcycle an old rug. Several Google trips later, I had a SIMPLE (though time-intensive) plan and I’m thrilled to share this detailed tutorial for my painted drop cloth notebook paper rug with you!

Now, because it’s so detailed, I’ve broken it into two separate posts. This initial post will help you shop and prepare for your DIY adventure.

Supplies for Creating a Painted Notebook Paper Rug

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I purchased everything from Home Depot and Walmart.

  • An Old 5′ x 7′ Rug
  • Canvas Drop Cloth (6′ x 9′ SEAMLESS or 9′ x 12′ with a horizontal seam, which you’ll cut)
  • Iron
  • 2 Rolls of 1.88″x60 yd. FrogTape
  • Valspar Satin Paint and Primer Spray Paint in Indigo Streamer*
  • Glidden Interior Eggshell High Endurance Grab-n-go Red Delicious Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Loctite Spray Adhesive
  • Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector
  • Plastic drop cloth or tablecloth 
  • Scissors (if you purchased the larger drop cloth)

*Note: If I were to do this again, I wouldn’t use spray paint. The overspray was too much to contend with and left me with a few stains between my lines. A can of paint will allow you to be more precise.

Prepare Your Old Rug and Drop Cloth for Painting

  1. Wash your drop cloth to get rid of the smell and soften it up a bit. I liked the original color for a more vintage feel, but if you’d like yours to be whiter, you’ll want to do a quick Google search for washing it with bleach or Borax.
  2. If you’re using a 9′ x 12′ drop cloth, cut it along the seam. You’ll end up with two cloths approximately 6′ x 9′ each. Save the second one for another rug!
  3. Cover the floor and vacuum the old rug.
  4. Lay your drop cloth over the rug and iron until it’s completely wrinkle-free.
  5. Gently roll your drop cloth towards the bottom of the rug.
  6. Spray adhesive on the rug and gently unroll your drop cloth, smoothing as you go. Spray, unroll and smooth until your drop cloth is secure. This is where the plastic drop cloth comes in handy as the adhesive will get all over the place.
  7. Run the warm iron over the drop cloth to help remove any new wrinkles seal the adhesive.
  8. Fold the excess edges of the drop cloth under the rug and spray to adhere. (I folded the corners like I would a gift.)
  9. Take a break, then move on to Part 2 for instructions on taping and painting your drop cloth rug.

By the way, inspiration for this project came from these posts on HGTV, Gorgeous Shiny Things, Shoes Off Please and Krylon.

On to Part 2…

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  • This is so creative! I love it!

    • zonemom

      Thanks. I had a ton of fun making it.

  • Steph@The SillyPearl

    Your rug turned out really cute and I love that you used an old rug underneath!

    • zonemom

      Thanks. I’d been trying to figure out what to do with that old rug for a while!

  • I it. It looks thick in the picture. Are you happy with the thickness?

    • zonemom

      It’s the same thickness as the original rug. It’s probably close to about a half inch or slightly less.

      You could probably use a thinner rug to start with–I have a real thin one from Walmart that might have worked well too.

  • Betsy Smith

    I love how this turned out… it’s absolutely adorable for a homeschooling room! I never would have thought to use an old rug under the drop cloth… that is a genius idea! How is the spray adhesive holding up? Thanks for linking up with us at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party this week… I’m featuring your post in my weekly round-up… it will go live tomorrow (Saturday) morning!

    • Anitra Elmore

      Wow, thanks so much! I can’t take credit for the old rug idea, but it’s working out well. There’s just one spot that seems to have loosened a bit. I keep saying I’m going to run the iron over it, but it really hasn’t bothered me enough ;-). Thanks for visiting and for the feature!! I’m glad I decided to link up.

    • zonemom

      Wow, thanks so much! I can’t take credit for the old rug idea, but it’s working out well. There’s just one spot that seems to have loosened a bit. I keep saying I’m going to run the iron over it, but it really hasn’t bothered me enough ;-). Thanks for visiting and for the feature!! I’m glad I decided to link up.

  • PopShopAmerica

    I love this! Totally adorable.

  • Anamika Ojha

    Hey Anitra, I love the way you have transformed it into valuable stuff…well done!!

    • zonemom

      Thanks! I love being able to upcycle when I can!!

  • Rebel Lux

    Holy crow, what a great concept! I’m in absolute awe of how straight your lines came out. So impressive. Great work and thank you for sharing!

    • zonemom

      Thanks! Those straight lines were the result of a crazy amount of taping lol!

  • Chelsea Smith

    This is an adorable project! Thanks for sharing!

  • HDGK

    This is so cute! What a great idea for a kids room or playroom.

  • This is nice and innovative idea! Interesting !

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