May 19, 2011

Colorful Welcome

A few months ago, I painted an outdoor rug that welcomes guests when they enter through our back door.  Now that it's well past the beginning of spring, it's time to spruce up the rug on my front porch... this welcome rug from Target fits the space on my tiny, front porch, but lacks a colorful welcome...

Welcome

I bet most people step right over the rug without even realizing it's there... so it's time to change all that.  Pink is usually my 'go to' color and this rug seems like it's screaming for a little pink.  So, while the kids we're riding their bikes up and down the driveway, I gathered the rug, a small angled paint brush and pink craft paint...

Welcome

I plopped in the grass and decided to paint the large, faded stripe that's behind the 'Welcome' text with a pink color, Apple Barrel Raspberry.  I dipped the brush in paint, just enough to lightly coat the brush, then positioned the brush on the rug to line up on the edge of the text and brushed toward the center.  Then I jabbed the brush bristles in between the rug strands to make it pink all the way to the bottom.  Sounds so harsh, but really... it's kinda like coloring (except painting) inside the lines.

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

And here's the new rug....

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome spring and welcome to my house!

One thing... after I bought the rug (and painted it) I read the online reviews.... I know, kinda backwards.  Well, the reviews aren't very good (ouch).... I've never had a problem with my rug shedding or fraying, but it's probably in part to the fact that it rests on a covered porch, sheltered from the wind, rain and sun.  And we use the back door as our main entrance, so the only people that really step foot on the rug are the UPS and FedEx guys (and my two-year old, who loves ringing the doorbell).  My learning experience: read reviews prior to purchase.

Linking up to Centsational Girl, It's A Hodge Podge Life, Skip To My Lou, Today's Creative Blog, Coastal CharmDomestically Speaking, The Lettered Cottage, Savvy Southern Style and Between Naps on the Porch.

10 comments:

  1. I love the pink! It is the perfect color for spring!

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  2. Great update! The punch of color is fresh and fun!

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  3. Thanks!!! I love pink too.... so much liveliness!!!

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  4. This is so cute! It's so simple and yet it completely brightens up the porch! Nice job :)

    Bekah

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  5. I really love this mat...you are amazing to be so patient to paint all those little nooks and crannies! It gives me ideas for mine - to get it looking in better shape again! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  6. Thanks!!! Pink is my favorite... makes me happy, so I thought it'd be the perfect way to say welcome :))

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  7. What a great punch of color. It really does make an impact. I am very eager to hear how it holds up! And great choice of color, too.

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  8. I didn't know those rugs could even be painted. So inspiring!

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  9. THANKS!!!! It's been two months and so far it's held up.... BUT my rug sits under a covered porch so that probably helps...

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