Make a Cheap Patterned Rug with a Sharpie

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We’ve all seen a painted rug or two but how about a Sharpie rug? Katie from Upcycled Treasures had been looking for the perfect rug to fit her new creative space AND her tight budget. Katie couldn’t believe her eyes when she found a 5×7 rug at Lowes for only $25. She quickly snatched it up and recreated a Moroccan design using a couple of Sharpies and cardboard cutouts. All I can say is, “WOW!”

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Painted Black and White Herringbone Rug

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There is not much that makes a statement in a room like a large graphic print rug. While designing her son’s big boy room, Aggie from Wool and Flax knew she wanted to incorporate a black and white herringbone rug into the space. She also knew she didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Aggie happened to have an old rug in the closet and thought, “Why not make my own herringbone rug!” Out came the paint and tape, and Addie ended up spending only $5 for the fabric medium!

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Paint an Aztec Rug with Drop Cloth

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Like me, you have probably seen your fair share of painted rugs. However, I was still blown away when I stumbled upon this “Aztec wonder” that Janel from Nellie Bellie created with a drop cloth and paint. Yep, that’s paint, Folks! Janel cut shapes from sponges and then stamped away, building “basic design on top of basic design.” All I can is “Wowzers!” This takes rug painting to a whole new level!

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Happy New Year and Top Ten of 2013

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Happy New Year, KOD readers!

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Free printable courtesy of Chelsea at Two Twenty One via Tatertots and Jello

Today is a big day of celebration on Knock Off Décor. Not only do we get to celebrate a new year, but it’s also Knock Off Décor’s third birthday. Woot woot! As always, I am ever grateful for those of you who read Knock Off Décor faithfully and make this site the great success that it is. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Before we dive headfirst into 2014, I’d like to recognize the top ten projects of 2013 here on KOD based on page views. Let’s get this party started!

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A Pair of Perfectly Painted Rugs

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Ursula from Home Made by Carmona adores Lulu & Georgia’s Arrowhead and Paint Dot rugs, but $58 and $78 rugs are nowhere in her little budget’s future. Ursula says, “When all else fails, make it yourself!’ For nine dollars, Ursula created her own inspired versions of these two designer bath rugs. All it takes is a seven dollar rug from Target, some paint, and patient attention to detail!

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Painting on a Textured Rug

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Mandi from Vintage Revivals was loving the look of a handwoven rug with an ethnic vibe from West Elm, but $800 was definitely out of her price range. Since the imperfection of the design was what Mandi loved about the rug, it was the perfect project to DIY. She purchased a rug with a similar nubby texture and then went to work with tape and a paint brush. Best of all, Mandi shares her secret for painting on a textural rug and still get getting fab results!

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Painted Outdoor Rug with Quatrefoil Design

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What’s a girl to do when she can’t spend hundreds on a pretty, patterned rug for her front porch? Paint one of course! Check out how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage transformed this $20 Wal-mart rug into a statement-making piece for her porch. The ever resourceful Gina made the quatrefoil stencil all be herself using a cereal bowl and a piece of cardboard, traced it onto the rug with chalk, and then went over it with paint. Easy peasy and cheap to boot!

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Blue Painted Chevron Rug

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Riva from Uno, Dos, Très Chic is not a fan of traditional baby motifs, so this chevron painted rug was the perfect addition to her son’s nursery. Riva created her chevron design but cutting over 200 rectangles from freezer paper. (How’s that for dedication?) I really like how Riva alternated the two slightly different shades of blue, as it adds a bit more visual interest. Most importantly, it looks like Riva’s little man likes his new stylin’ rug.

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