GRAPHIC DE­SIGN

Do It Yourself - - MAKE IT -

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

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