Get the designer look of a patterned sisal, above left, without the hefty price tag. Measure and mark the center of the rug with a pencil, then apply 2-inch painters tape diagonally from the center to one corner. Add another length of tape beside the first, overlapping the tape strips slightly to create a stripe about 4 inches wide. Tape a second set of lengths from the center to the adjacent corner to form a V. Trim a perfect point where the V legs intersect. Repeat this process until the whole rug is taped with V shapes about 4 inches apart. Paint between the tape using chalk-finish paint (A). (Tip: Mix one or two drops of water into each cup of paint to ensure smooth application.) Add more coats if desired, let it dry, and carefully remove the tape (B).
TO ACHIEVE CRISP PAINT LINES, CHOOSE A SMOOTH, LOWPILE OUTDOORSISAL RUG.FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.AB