Monday, June 30, 2008

Creative Concealment

I know that many of you have already seen photos of my faux rug before, but I thought I'd share it again because Melissa at The Inspired Room is asking everyone to share their ideas for creative concealment. Hop on over there and check out the neat ideas!
When we moved into this old house 7 years ago the floors in the room were in pretty bad shape. I didn't want carpet and didn't like the idea of making a mess with sanding, so I decided to paint a faux rug and also added some faux slippers. I admit that it has gotten scratched and chipped over time, but I don't mind because I think it adds to the old cottage feel to this room. If you think you don't have the talent to do this, check out some of the stencils that are available online. You'll be surprized by what's available now. My favorite is Royal Design Studio . You'll be looking for hours at their beautiful stencils.
Below is another concealment project that's coming soon. This old cedar chest (my hope chest) really needs a makeover. The black Naugahyde is about to be permanently changed with this fabric that matches the headboard and I'm going to paint the outside with a cream color. Paint can conceal many problem areas and is a lot cheaper than carpet!


  1. I'm so glad you reposted these photos. I just love your work. That's why there's a little something over at the Rosehaven Cottage blog for you.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  2. Holy Cow...that's amazing- I thought it was a real rug-- great job!

  3. Wow, your "rug" is amazingly real looking! I had to read it twice to make sure you were saying it was paint! Wow, that is quite a great way to conceal floors in bad shape!

    Thanks for sharing your creative concealment, Catherine!

  4. OH my gosh! I love your rug. You have such a great talent. I am so jealous. Please take pictures for your hope chest when done. I would love to see it.


  5. That looks amazing! I have painted rugs on concrete floors before but never wood. Great job!

  6. Love it! So pretty and it looks so real! Awesome. I especially love the slippers!Jen R

  7. That is fantastic! The rug and slippers look so REAL! That is so neat.

  8. HOLY COW! I can't believe that rug isn't real!!! You did an amazing job. I love it!

  9. That is a piece of art !

    I would want to cut it out & take it with me !

  10. When you have an old house you have to come up with ways to conceal!! I did not do a post on it; but I certainly have done stuff to conceal---mainly because of lack of money!! It does make for some comedy at my home!!

    Nice job!

  11. Oh, I did show a little creative concealment in one of the pictures on this post:



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