Jan 4, 2015

DIY Beni Ourain Rug

Happy 2015 friends!

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays. We took things easy at Casa Marshall and its was the best of times. Not too much going on. No real plans. Just lots of little projects and chipping away at the ever growing list of decorating to dos. I'll share some of these items over the coming weeks as they complete (things have been ordered!)

Today, I have a fun DIY project to share. It started as one of those Pinterest inspirations and I think it turned out okay. Not a Pinterest fail :) But I chose wisely and knew that it wouldn't be too hard to pull off. A nice simple project that you can do too if you like :)

As you can tell from the title, the project is a Beni Ourain rug. I've wanted one of these rugs for many months now. You've probably seen me post about it. I was very, very close to pulling the trigger on a Rugs USA 70% of sale on one of these babies but then I chickened out. It would be very painful to take one of these back from Canada and I take back 99% of all rugs purchased. They never look the way I imagine and most rugs really dominate a room. They demand very simple furnishings. And although simple in design, the Beni Ourain rugs are often beige and I need a creme color to match the mauve in my office.

Enter this brilliant 29 Rue House blog post that I found via Pinterest. No need to buy a rug that wasn't perfect....I could make one and without too much trouble. Easy is important. I am not up for re-roofing my house, dry walling, or electrical type DIY projects. Simple is the way I roll.

So here is what I did:

1. Bought cheap white shag rug at Boutique Target for $129 (shortly after it went on sale for $103 but we'll pretend that didn't happen). The Ikea Adum Rug would also work.


2. Locate painters tape and black sharpie marker

3. Plan the rug. This step is VERY important. The impatient lady in me wanted to just start taping and drawing on the rug but I resisted, measured and marked the pattern. Good that I did. The pattern is surprisingly easy to F-up :)

The rug was 5 feet (60 inches) by 7 feet (84 inches).

For the 5 ft side, I knew the rug needed 4 anchor points. So 60 inches divided by 4 made for 15 inch intervals. I started in the corner and measured 7.5 inches from the edge to mark the first point with a small piece of tape. (the other corner got the same treatment for a total of 15 inches). This kept the pattern in the middle of the rug). I then moved across the 5ft side marking each 15 inch interval with tape until I had 4 points.

For the 7ft side, I marked 15 inch intervals that matched up with the 5ft side. So I started by measuring 7.5 inches from the corner (the line from this mark would then join up with the 7.5 inch mark on the short side). And then I repeated this pattern along one of the 7ft sides.



3. Mark off the first set of diagonal lines using painters tape (as shown in the picture above)

4. Use the sharpie to gently draw a line along the edge of the tape. Draw all lines on the same side of the tape! My advise is to keep the lines light and don't go overboard trying to color everything. A little goes along way. You can add more later if desired.





5. Remove the tape and appreciate your work :)


6. Decide to complete the pattern and tape off the lines in the other direction.


7. Draw the lines in the other direction with same sharpie technique

8. Remove the tape and marvel at the awesome DIY Beni Ourain rug you've just created. Good for you!





So there you have it.  A simple DIY rug that can be completed in under 3 hours (there was a lot of pauses in my project so it took longer but you will be more efficient)

I leave you today with this thought:


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