Moroccan Stenciled Rug DIY

What a awesome idea! This Moroccan stenciled rug was transformed from a normal white rug! Find out how you can make one for yourself!


Submitted By: House of Rose


Hi Remodelaholics! I am Sarah and I blog at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs where I share every step of my DIY adventures. I am an Interior Design out of Central Coast CA. I love adding personalization to our rental through color, pattern, texture and creative design solutions! I believe that big style can be created with little $$ by repurposing thrift and big box store finds with some paint, elbow grease and tlc. I am so excited to share with you my diy Stenciled Moroccan Rug. It is one of my favorite projects, and with some time and patience you can create one too! Feel free to drop by and say hi at my blog Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, I’d love to hear from you!

Other Projects of Sarah’s: Ombre Entryway Table Homemade Art Coral Dresser


Yesterday I finished painting the rug for the living room!!

click here to read about the ottoman!
first I added the dimensions of the rug and a quick sketch of the pattern to my sketch up model

gathered supplies …

sw loyal blue, fabric medium, plywood for the stencil, and a rug (5’11” x 8’2″) from Ikea
then I created a design in illustrator – printed on several pieces of 8.5 x 11 which were taped together

traced the pattern on a piece of 3/8 plywood – David then cut it out with a jigsaw (he is much better at precision cutting than me!)

We printed out our plan and wrote down some measurements – since the edges of the rug aren’t square we ran tape down the middle of the points of the medallion so that they would line up
Prior to painting we took the tape off of the area to be painted – pressing on the board so it wouldn’t slip! We also attached some paper bags on the outside of the stencil to prevent over spray

lined the points up on the center of the tape line

we were originally going to airbrush the whole thing … but it took WAY too long – so we airbrushed the sides to get a clean line (pressing firmly on the board)

and brushed the interior – first coat looking very smurfy …

Once dry we applied a second coat – yes! loyal blue – but when it dried it had way too much sheen (some are wet in the photo)
So I applied a final coat of loyal blue in matte
Once dry, it cut the sheen down enough – and there you have it a custom Moroccan rug!

Still a lot to do in this room – but I love the instant character that the rug gives the seating area and how it grounds the ottoman

If you saw my post on the ottoman– you may notice that the sofa is different

I originally wanted a new sofa, but since I wanted a bigger one and this barely fit up the stairs … I settled on a new sofa cover from Ikea. It was recently discontinued, so we got $50 off making it $99

Don’t mind the desk in the background … it will be getting a major overhaul soon!
Even though it took a little longer than expected – I am in love with the end result!!
1. Use flat paint (higher quality paints will go on easier and save some headaches too!)
2. I would recommend trying Simple Spray, upholstery fabric paint or using a paint sprayer (I haven’t tried these so I can’t comment on the edges or durability, but would imagine that as long as the stencil is held tight it would work well)
3. A lighter paint color will require fewer coats – which will work best with this method, once dry the medallion will shrink slightly making it more difficult to line up for additional coats.


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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. I LOVVVVVEEE this rug!!! I am currently looking at trying to do a stenciled rug myself and am wondering if you still have the wood cut out. I would pay shipping both ways along with an extra $10 or so(a “rental” fee:) ). I hope that’s not tacky to ask! We live in an Manhattan apartment and it is not the easiest thing to get a piece of wood and have it cut. Hope to hear from you soon, and keep up the great work! Very inspiring!

      1. Adrienne, Sorry this was a guest poster, so I can’t tell you if she actually rented it or not…. there is a ink at the top of the post to her blog.