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Make It: Beni Ourain Rug

By Danikaherrick @danikaherrick
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug
I forced myself to do some DIY goodness today.  I had an old white wool shag rug I got from Overstock about 5 years ago. Make It: Beni Ourain Rug It had been banished to the guest room because it sheds like a German Shepard ...
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug   So.  I have had Beni Ourain rugs on my wish list for a while, and decided to finally attempt my idea of dying my white wool one myself.  First I mulled through some patterns... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug and decided on a basic criss-cross... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug safe, will go tailored or eclectic, whatever my mood.
Next I bought some black Rit dye and mixed it up in an empty spray bottle with some salt... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug Did a test swatch. Wanted it a bit darker, so I added more dye. Make It: Beni Ourain Rug
And then I got to work.  First I laid it out with a dropcloth underneath. Next I "drew" my first line in with a ruler... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug  I took 2 old plastic cutting boards (mine were from IKEA, super cheaps!) and an old ruler and began parting the rug into sections along the line, using the cutting boards as protective guards... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug I used a bucket and a yoga block to hold them up (use what you got!)...
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug and I sprayed on the dye.
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug You will need to massage it in so wear gloves. Just keep repeating as you move down the line...
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug And repeat and repeat and repeat... Make It: Beni Ourain Rug
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug ANd repeat...
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug
So this is where I am at.  Check back in a day or two to see it finished and dry in its new room.  And I can tell you if there is any weirdness with the dye too.  THis takes a while and hurts your back from hunching. You've been warned. But will be worth it if it works.  Free Beni (well almost) and my poor rug gets a new life.
Make It: Beni Ourain Rug


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