I recently looked at my life goal list, and one of the things that kind of surprised me on that list was “Make rentals feel more like home by adding art and personal touches” — and I can tell by looking around my home why I have this on the list.
That’s not to say that my current place has no personal touches, but I’d like it to be much more clear when someone walks into my home, what kind of person I am.
Future home has stone tile floors throughout. Which means, I’m going to have to get rugs for the place, or else risk cold feet all the time.
I have this idea of painting rugs, thanks to Pinterest (which is a magical online place where people, mainly women, bookmark things that catch their eye). My second idea is that I’ll have all these rugs painted and finished before move-in day, so I can put them down on the floor in an empty place. It’s brilliant in theory, and I passed the idea of rug painting by my resident DIY expert, and she said as long as I keep my palate to 3-5 colors total, then I can go crazy and paint all the rugs I want.
Then, I consulted with my resident thrifting expert, who told me which Goodwill has the most rugs (SE 6th and Stephens, if anyone local cares). I was at her house, and she pointed out which rugs came from that Goodwill, and hers are lovely. Which is great, but I don’t want lovely. I want cheap and ugly, since these bad boys will be underneath a color palate that includes both deep dark navy blue and hot pink.
I’ll document my progress, though I’m not really very good at these kinds of art projects, so they might be a bit ugly. But, in the words of the Dude, even an ugly rug can really “tie the room together.”
- Painted Faux Rugs: Salvaging Old Floors & Your Budget (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Decluttering feels good (frugalportland.com)
- DIY Chevron Rug (wellthatsneat.wordpress.com)
- 7 Ways to Remodel Your Bedroom (Without Demolishing a Thing) (wisebread.com)
- 10 Ways to Decorate Without Risking Your Deposit (doorfly.com)
- Upgrade Your Home Decor for Less (wisebread.com)