I have been wanting a faux zebra hide rug bad.... and for a long time. They add a nice dose of sassiness and sophistication. A touch of animal print looks awesome in any style of room, traditional, contemporary, boho etc. I needed one (yes I said need, not want) like a fatty needs a tub of ice cream. The ones that you can purchase in stores (typically are cow hides that are painted or dyed with a zebra pattern) cost a fortune and I (ahem...my husband) am not willing to spend the money on one. So, I decided to do the next best thing... paint one from a drop-cloth!
I stumbled on a tutorial for a zebra painted drop-cloth rug by Vidya at "What's Your Home Story" and I just had to make one for our barn! In fact, I am going to make another one in a bronze color too! It was that easy...
My shimmery hide is a cross between a unicorn and a zebra... I call it Zebrunicorn or Zeb for short.
Grab a Coftail (coffee-cocktail) and get ready to make magic!
Note: If you are leaving your drop-cloth the natural color, you may want to stitch the sides so it doesn't fray over time.
Note: Be sure to add the fabric medium to your stripe color as well. Fabric medium keeps your paint from cracking and chipping. If you stitch the edges, you should (at your rugs own risk) be able to wash your rug safely. If you polyurethane it, do NOT put it in the dryer... It could be a fire hazard.
Once you are done,
Don't you just love captain Zebbby pants???!!! I especially love how cheap he was to make!
He will look beautiful during the holidays and will go perfectly with some of the modern touches that I plan on adding to our home.
I definitely recommend placing your rug in a low traffic area. Also, it cleans so easily with a wet rag!
Good luck and have fun! I am off to start planning our holiday decor.
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