How To Stain An Outdoor Area Rug On A Wood Deck

How to hand-paint an outdoor area rug on a wood deck with stain. A budget-friendly option for creating a cozy conversation area on a backyard deck. In this tutorial, I'll show you how easy it is to make this easy-care DIY outdoor faux rug.



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

Hand-Painted Wood Deck Area Rug With Stain

When planning our budget-friendly deck makeover, one of the things at the top of the list was adding an outdoor area rug to create a conversation area beside our DIY Water Wall Privacy Screen.



While outdoor area rugs are designed to be kept outside year-round, on a wood deck there is the concern of rotting and mold building up underneath the rug. Ideally, they should be moved around often to eliminate any moisture-related problems but if you have a small deck like ours, that may not be an option.



Also, here in the Canadian Prairies outdoor rugs take a beating and should be stored during our long harsh winters, creating a storage problem. We live in a dusty climate, so they need to be swept at least once a day to keep clean. Way too much maintenance for this gal!



So painting, or rather staining an area rug on our wood deck is the perfect no-fuss option. Plus it's a much cheaper alternative to buying an outdoor area rug.



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

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What You'll Need To Make It

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Here's How I Made It

The first thing you should do before painting the rug is to clean the deck. Depending on how dirty it is, it's better to clean the wood with a mildew-resistant deck wash and power washer rather than a garden hose.



If the finish on your deck is worn, you'll want to give the wood a fresh coat of stain. Luckily ours was recently stained during the deck restoration so all I had to do was sweep it.



Determine Size And Direction For Your DIY Deck Rug

Determine the best size for your painted outdoor rug. Think about the size of the outdoor furniture you'll be placing on top. Just like an indoor area rug, a rule of thumb is to have at least the front legs of your outdoor sofa and chairs to be set on top of the rug.



Next, determine which direction you want your painted outdoor rug to face. If you're not sure, map the rug with white chalk in both directions for a visual comparison. Once you determine which direction works best, use painter's tape to map out the area rug.



I wanted an 8' x 10' area rug on our deck but wasn't sure which direction to lay it. You can see in the photo below that I mapped my rug in both directions with painter's tape. I determined the horizontal direction works best for our outdoor deck furniture.



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

Mapping Colored Stripe Pattern On Your DIY Deck Rug

For a simple and easy design, I chose to paint our DIY outdoor deck area rug with stripes using a solid stain. I chose two colors, a Sea Foam green (to match the deck skirting) and Navajo White.



Label the colors designated for each deck board with chalk - G for green, W for white, B for the border (as pictured below).



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

How To Stain A Wood Deck Rug, The Right Way!

Here's where I'm keeping it real and sharing how I wish I had stained our outdoor rug. Instead of getting down on your hands and knees and staining the rug with a 2-inch angle brush like I did, save your knees.



It is recommended that a 3/8 inch nap roller be used for solid wood stains. Use a 3-inch wide trim roller and an extension pole (link in the supply list). A 3-inch wide roller is small enough to easily stain narrow deck boards like on our deck without overlapping the colors.



Painting Stripes On The Wood Deck Rug

I found it easier to paint the stripes over the span of two days so each color completely dried before moving on to the next.



Also, I wanted our rug to have a timeworn look so I only applied one coat of stain. If opaque stripes are your preference, you'll need two coats of stain per color.



Pro-Tip

Avoid staining the rug when there is full sun or on a really hot day. It's better to stain in the morning or evening when it is cooler and there is shade. Also, check your local weather forecast to make sure there is no rain expected for at least 48-hours.



On the first day, I stained the seafoam green stripes on the wood deck area rug and let them dry overnight.



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

On day two I stained the Navajo white stripes as well as the horizontal border on the top and bottom of the wood deck area rug. If you don't have deck boards running horizontally on the top and bottom of your deck rug, use painter's tape to map out a perfectly straight border.



How to hand paint an outdoor faux area rug on a wood deck with stain. An easy DIY outdoor rug idea for creating a cozy conversation area on your deck!

To Fringe Or Not To Fringe

To fringe or not to fringe, that is the question. Do you think I should add a fringe on both ends of the stained rug or leave it as is? I'm swaying towards leaving it without a fringe.



But if your preference would be to have a fringe on your painted area rug, there's a stencil for that! I've included links for a couple of options in the supply list.



Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this DIY outdoor area rug. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



If you enjoyed this hand-painted wood deck area rug idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your Backyard Deck Ideas or DIY Outdoor Decor board on Pinterest.




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  1. Personally, I wouldn't do a fringe. I like the strong edges the way it is now. I think a fringe would distract from them.
    I hope your hand is feeling better. I had a serious injury to the median nerve in my left arm at the end of 2017. It was so painful I couldn't sit up for more than about an hour before having to lie down on the arm and hope that it would go numb. I've had P.T. and the arm is better, although it still tingles constantly.

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    1. Ouch, that sounds painful! Have you tried acupuncture? I had a neck injury several years ago and within four treatments, the pain and tingling were gone. This particular injury of mine went on for a few months (painted this last summer) but thankfully it eventually went away. Thanks for your feedback regarding the fringe. I decided to go fringeless!

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  2. That is such a smart idea to paint a rug on your deck! It looks great and will be a whole lot less work than taking care of a real outdoor rug. I like it without the fringe, but then my style is very simple and modern.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! Having a real rug in our climate is way too much work so this was a great alternative. We LOVE our stained area and it defines the seating area on our deck perfectly. I've decided to keep the rug fringeless for the reasons you mentioned - simple and modern. Thanks for stopping by 😀

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  3. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  4. I had no idea about your hand! I'm glad you have had some relief, Marie... praying it will continue! I vote no fringe. ;-) Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

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  5. Thank you Julie! I stained the rug last June and the injury didn't let up until late Fall. Thankfully I had a 100% recovery. As for the fringe, I totally agree with you that it looks better fringeless. I like the simplicity of the rug. Thanks for stopping by and hosting HG!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial! I was just thinking about how to mask a few unpleasant stains on an outdoor deck that won't come off, and your idea seems like a perfect fit. The best part is, that it looks very nice and it's the easiest way to fix some deffects without the need to replace whole parts of the deck.

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    1. Glad you found my tutorial helpful, Melanie! Yes, a dark stain or paint will definitely mask permanent unsightly stains.

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  7. Wow, that looks so great and I love the colors! I think no tassels too.

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania, I'm so pleased with the results. No tassels seems to be the consensus and so fringeless it is!

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  8. Gorgeous idea for a rug that can stay outside all year. The green you used is my favorite color. I am planning to paint my concrete patio with Moroccan tile stencil I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Kippi

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    1. Thank you, Kippi, I'm so thrilled to FINALLY have an area rug on our deck that works in our climate. Ooooh, I can't wait to see your moroccan tile concrete patio, Kippi! I'm sure it'll be stunning.

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  9. I remember seeing Martha Stewart doing a painted rug and thinking that is the coolest thing. Your green and white one turned out beautifully and I bet MS would love it too!
    Thanks for sharing at the FWF party.
    Hugs,
    RR

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    1. She did? Why am I not surprised! I'm glad you like my "stained" rug and wouldn't that be grand if MS liked it too. 😃 Hugs backatcha Rachelle

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  10. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Samatha, we love the no maintenance factor of your stained rug!

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  11. This is a project that I have considered doing on my deck but just haven't tackled it yet. Thanks for sharing all the tips for when I do. Pinned! #HomeMattersParty

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    1. So glad you found the tips helpful, Donna, should you decide to paint an area rug on your deck!

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