Lesson learned…before painting an outdoor rug and leaving it outside overnight to dry, check the weather forecast!!
I finished painting my outdoor rug Monday night. The last stripes I painted were the small red and white stripes. Because they were thin stripes, I didn’t have much room for “massaging” the paint into the fibers with the scrubby brush, so instead I had to just load up my paint brush with extra paint to get it down into the fibers. That meant that the white and red stripes had considerably more paint on them than the thicker green and blue stripes.
Not a problem, right? The blue and green stripes were dry, and I had sealed them with the clear spray. So the plan was to leave the rug outside all night, let the white and red stripes dry completely, and then spray them with the clear spray in the morning. It was a perfect plan, until I went out yesterday morning and realized it had been raining!! And it continued to rain most of yesterday morning.
My heart sank. After all those hours of work, and then my rug with the still-wet paint got rained on. Uugghhh.
The rain finally went away yesterday afternoon, but with everything still soggy it was difficult to survey the damage. So I went out this morning to see if I could tell if my rug was salvageable.
All in all, I do think it made it through okay. The blue and green stripes…the ones that were dry and had been sealed…looked just fine. But the white and red stripes…the ones that were loaded with extra paint and were far from dry…didn’t make it through quite so well. Right off, I noticed that the red had bled onto other areas of the rug…
In fact, most of the unpainted areas of the rug that were still the original taupe color now had a pinkish tint to them. Bummer.
I guess overall, the rug still looks pretty good and is definitely salvageable, though it will have to dry out completely, and I’ll have to go back over some of those stripes with fresh paint…
But I’ve also got quite a bit of cleaning up to do…
Yeah. Sad. What a bummer.
So, learn from my oversight. If you take on the painted outdoor rug project (which I still like, and would still recommend if you want a great looking rug at a very low cost), then either bring the rug into a covered area until it dries completely, or just check the weather forecast!! If rain is imminent, move on to another project until the sky clears.