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This week at HGTV Design Happens, we’re gettin’ out the paintbrushes.

I don’t know about you, but I usually spend every moment of my weekends enjoying time outside. I want to take in all the sunshine and Vitamin D I possibly can in those two precious days. Plus, cool summer evenings are the perfect time for grilling and entertaining outdoors. So, why not reflect the energy and vibrancy of the season by updating your outdoor space with a chic painted area rug. This cool projects is from designer/feature blogger Brian Patrick Flynn.


This low-maintenance DIY decorating idea is perfect for homes with messy little ones or for those who like to host frequent get-togethers. Clean up can be done in a snap; grab the broom, sweep off the crumbs and you’re done. And what makes this project even better is that it’s ideal for those of us who absolutely cannot paint or draw a straight line. Let the edges of the deck planks be your guide.

Don’t forget to share your finished project with us! Did you go with a lively orange? Or maybe something a little more neutral like chocolate brown? We’d love to see or hear about your creation.

Tell us all about it in the comments below.

20 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    This is on my honey-do list! The color will be based on the colors in an antique window we are putting in our dormer.

  2. Pam Fasick says:

    How do I register for freebie Fridays?

    • Anna says:

      Hi Pam – You don't have to register! Freebie Fridays start at 9am on Friday mornings. Simply answer the question from the post in the comment area below, and you are entered. Good luck!

  3. Maybe I'm old-fashioned but I think I prefer actual carpets or rugs – even outside. This does look pretty cool though and definitely easier to clean.


    • Kayla Kitts says:

      April – I definitely see what you mean. I love the feel of a cozy rug below my feet, but here lately I've been all about convenience. (Plus, it sounds like so much fun!)

  4. [...] via: HGTV How-To: Paint a “Rug” on Your Deck or Porch Category: Design Tags: Deck, HGTV, HowTo, Paint, Porch, [...]

  5. [...] what’s the advantage? Kayla Kitts points out that it’s low maintenance. Just sweep off all the leftover crumbs from your [...]

  6. [...] outdoor room party-ready … and quick! Last week we spruced up the deck and turned it into a stylish, weather-resistant painted area “rug.” This week, we’re making entertaining even easier by turning an old dresser into an [...]

  7. Pat Pyles says:

    I'm dying to try the paiinted rug idea. I haven't liked any outdoor rug designs enough to invest the money in them, and what could be better than one that definitely matches my decor?!

  8. Linda says:

    I painted one in our outdoor screen house. I love it. Watch for it. I'm going to post the space in Rate My space.

  9. bev binford says:

    what kind of paint is used on the deck or inside floor?
    hope to rip up carpet and pad in bedroom and know it's only 40 yr old sub-flooring of plywood

  10. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Hi Bev – On this particular project, exterior paint was used to create the "area rug". (Head over to your local home improvement store and ask them for exterior paint; you can get it in a variety of colors, and it's meant to withstand harsh weather conditions.) As far as painting hardwood floors, check out this project that Brian Patrick Flynn did <a href="http://(http://www.hgtv.com/dining-rooms/paint-hardwood-floors-with-a-pattern/index.html)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.hgtv.com/dining-rooms/paint-hardwood-floors-with-a-pattern/index.html). He used porch and deck paint inside to spice up regular hardwood floors. Let us know if you embark on the project – we'd love to see pictures!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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