As I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am purging some towels from our home, I decided to see if I could find a way to use a couple of them in other ways in our home. I have a serious lack of rugs in this house. As a matter of fact, I have 2 rugs – one in each bathroom. I really need rugs in the kitchen, I want rugs in other places in the house for décor purposes. I figured I could try this out, and if it doesn’t work, oh well, nothing lost but a little time and very little of my paint stash.
Ok, well here goes… I am still not decided if this is a success. I will have to let it hang out for a while. It was very easy, but I am not sure if you can get it done without the helper that I had
One plain white towel. I cut the end off that has the design on it as well as the edge on the opposite end. I wanted it to be uniform on each side.
Then I used a level (because it was the longest thing I could find to make the lines) and measured lines all the way down the towel every 6 inches. The tractors had to make sure I was keeping things even. I then started placing my zigzags pretty much the same way I did in this tutorial where I made a DIY canvas. You can’t really tell if they aren’t perfect, so just use your best judgment. I did each row at a time, all zigs, then all zags… make sense?? Of course it does.
I just overlapped the tape as I went and trimmed up any edges I didn’t like. Oh, and I used a plain old masking tape, about 2 inches wide.
Once all the lines were on, place child on towel to ensure all edges are nice and tight. The dog on the corners is optional.
Next I chose a paint. I was going to use green, but I forgot I used it all on the green wall. Yellow it is then! I used a small sponge applicator since that is what I had on hand. I didn’t want to use a paint brush because I was afraid it would lay too much paint. I did end up putting more paint in the first row than I would have liked, but it still worked well.
One line done…
And paired up with my lovely sunbeam mug… coffee just tastes better in that mug.
I guess we will see how it holds up and if I like looking at it. I am hoping I like it and can figure out other ways to use towels like this. It would be awesome if I could make rugs for several rooms to at least use to get the house on the market. I think I am going to need to break down at some point and actually spend a little money on a real rug.
And since I have a love for chevrons, check out this window display I saw at a shopping mall in Richmond a weekend ago. I couldn’t help but snap a picture.
Anyone else find any items to repurpose lately? Maybe you made something or bought something you aren’t quite sure about?