Thursday, September 4, 2014

~$15 DIY faux zebra rug~{thrifty thursday}

If you want a zebra hide rug but don't want to spend $2,000.00, read on.
This version will set you back about $15.00.
You will need:

drop cloth {you an make 2 out of this $30.00 one}
White paint and black paint
a pencil.

Let's start with an after picture:

Alright, get out that drop cloth and lay it {folded in 2} on a flat surface.
When you paint it, the paint will seep through so make sure you have a tarp down, or garbage bags taped together like I did.

To get the correct shape I traced my real zebra rug onto the fabric using a pencil.
This is something you could totally eyeball, or if you have a cowhide, that would work too.

Iron the whole thing.

Next,  using a roller, roll on a thick coat of white paint. 
Any white will do.
I had White Dove left over from my kitchen cabinets so I used that.
Wait for it to dry and paint one more coat.

Let dry overnight.

Painting on the stripes might seem intimidating, but it's really quite simple if you have something to reference too.
I would suggest printing out a picture off the Internet of a real zebra hide.
If you don't feel comfortable painting it on freehand, you can always pencil it in first.

I put the black paint on pretty thick as well.
After you are done, let dry for a few hours and then seal it with a polyurethane in a matte finish.
{unless you would like it to be shiny}

That's it!
 Stand back and admire your art and pat yourself on the back because you just saved a little under $2,000.00.

Now, I am off to paint the other one.



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Ok, this is genius. I love this idea.

Elizabeth Joan Designs said...

This is awesome!! Now I want to do a cow rug too!

Jennifer Widner said...

I love how this turned out!!

Michelle Myers said...

Looks amazing! But I'm concerned about slipping or the rug bunching up and my toddler tripping on it. Did you come up with a solution for that or does the paint make it stiff enough?

Judy said...

well little are beyond talented...even if i traced my "stripes" it would never look as good as's just beautiful!

i wondered about the slipping thing too but i'm sure you addressed that.

Melaine Thompson said...

The paint makes it pretty stiff, I wouldn't be concerned about slipping, but the edges do curl a bit, just like a real hide. You could use a non slip pad underneath or roll some painters tape and put that under it?! Just a thought

AntiqueChase said...

If you decide to sell these, I'm your first customer!! Please!

Krystine @ said...

This just made my top 10 favorite DIY's. Great idea!

Melaine Thompson said...

Marcy, you should make one!

shehimthem said...

Simply fantastic! I would love a cowhide version, I must try this! xoxo ~Ashley

Fishtail Cottage said...

love it!! craft night idea??? oxox

Melaine Thompson said...

Drying time is forever. Craft night sleepover perhaps?

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Now this is just the most awesome thing I've ever seen! I must make one too! :o)


Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is awesome! Think I could freehand one and make a cowhide rug? I want a white one though so maybe it wouldn't quite be the same?

House of Pemberley said...

Love it! I did the same thing in my old house and it was fantastic!

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

You are a DIY mastermind. How does it feel underfoot? LOVE the look.

Margaret Mcelroy said...

Love this, I want to make one!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Great looks perfect there!

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Wow, This is Awesome!!!
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Kaelyn said...

Melaine, if you don't already sell these on your easy page you should!

Kathy Olson said...

Oh, here it is! I found your rug!
Wow, that is a-mazing!!!
My husband is the perfectionist type, so he may be able to replicate that idea if he has time.
I just love it!! I would never have thought it could be done. You are so creative!

Michele Alger said...

I absolutely LOVE this project and I have to tell you, I am not only going to make this, but I had an "ah-ha" moment as I was reading this post and noticed your file on the side of your desk area!! I have had a constant battle with paper pile-up, and knew that this was the answer to my ever aching need for fixing my dilemma. May I have permission to share this on my blog for a "favorite posts of the year" I'm writing? Please let me know via email @
Thank you so much for the inspiration...on SO MANY levels!!!

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