Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Houndstooth Stenciled Rug

I'm a big fan of the graphic, classic, Bear Bryant-esque, Houndstooth pattern. My all-time favorite hat is a brown and white houndstooth knit newscap.

I looked all over for a houndstooth rug for our living room. Online they were priced between $120-$180 for roughly a 6x8. No thanks.

I bought this beige rug with cream border at Walmart for $49 and decided to stencil it. I also saw this houndstooth rug that had been stenciled.


I made my own stencil because, of course, I didn't find one. I just traced a houndstooth pattern from my laptop onto a blank stencil I bought at hobby lobby, then cut it out with an exacto knife on top of last night's pizza box.

I used a mixture of brown and tan acrylic paints with a paint brush until the center was covered.
And fell. in. love.


Not complicated at all! Just took a little patience.

Thanks for checking it out!

*Update: If you're reading this from The Nest, the rug didn't photograph any better than it is in real life. If it had turned out crappy, trust me, I would have said it! I share the good, the bad, and the ugly. The trick is using only a tightly woven rug, almost like an indoor/outdoor rug and stippling the paint on lightly so that it's not thick. The painted sections feel no different than the other sections. I don't give tutorials; just share ideas. Fuzzy Peaches, thanks for the sweet comment and for the referral:)



  1. love it!! I am about to cover some chairs in black and white houndstooth!! I don't have the patience to stencil that big of an area!! You did great!

  2. Thank you ma'am! And good luck with your chairs. I have 2 wingbacks on the patio that are taking forEVER to deconstruct and I'm wondering if I'll ever even get to the recovering phase!

  3. This looks great!



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