Painting a carpet is an affordable alternative to replacing it, and can freshen up the look of any room.
Whether you’re looking to paint a carpet as an alternative to buying new, or simply want to add a bit of color and design to what you have, painting a carpet is a simple and affordable process. Here, we’ll show you how to do the job right, in as little as one weekend.
While there are several different methods to paint a carpet, we’re going to detail how to do the job with spray paint. Spray paint provides an even coat, is easy to apply, and eliminates the need for pricey application tools. When shopping for the paint, make sure you are purchasing upholstery spray paint, also known as fabric paint. It is available in an array of colors and can be purchased at any home improvement store, specialty paint store, and retailers like Walmart. It sells for around $ 8 a can.
Supplies needed to paint a carpet:
- Upholstery spray paint
- Painters tape
- Newspaper or drop cloths
- Paint thinner
- Clean rags
- Rubber gloves
- Protective mask
Prepare the area before painting
1. Inspect the carpet to ensure it is in good shape. There should be no rips or tears, and seams should be held securely together. If you find an area that needs patched, follow these instructions on how to patch damaged carpet.
2. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly before painting.
3. Remove all furniture from the room.
4. Tape off any areas of the carpet that you don’t want painted. If you’re painting a design on the carpet, use painter’s tape to grid it out for easy application.
5. Because spray paint is likely to splatter, it is a good idea to cover the walls with newspaper or drop cloths to protect them from small paint particles.
6. If possible, remove the carpet to an outdoor area for ventilation purposes. If this is not an option, open windows to allow fresh air in.
7. Wear a protective mask, goggles, and rubber gloves during the paint application process.
8. Have a can of paint thinner ready to ‘erase’ any mistakes.
How to paint a carpet:
Step 1 – After you have completed all the steps listed above, you’re ready to start painting a carpet. Begin by spraying the paint in even strokes, holding the can about 2″ from the carpet. If painting an entire carpet, begin at the corner of the room, near a doorway, and work backwards out of the room.
Note – If you accidentally apply too much, or too little paint, don’t panic. If paint puddles, simply dab the excess with a clean cloth. If paint is applies too lightly, simply pass back over the same section in even strokes.
Step 2 – If you’re painting a carpet in multiple colors, allow the first one to dry completely before applying a new color.
Step 3 – The finished painted carpet will take several hours to dry. For best results, let it set overnight. Do NOT let anyone enter the room, and do not attempt to place furniture back into position. To speed up drying time, use fans to help circulate the air.
Step 4 – Once the carpet is completely dry, inspect it for any blank spots and repaint, if necessary. When you are satisfied with the job, remove the painters tape, newspaper, and so, and discard.
Scotch Guard can be used to protect the painted carpet, if desired. This will not only help preserve the paint, but will protect the carpet against spills, as well.
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Source: Personal experience