First off, can I just say how awesome you guys are? You totally blew me away with your sweet, heartfelt comments on yesterday’s post. I started to respond to them all, but found that I couldn’t without crying. You made me feel so much better with your simple words. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Now, you need a good DIY project and I need to be a good DIY blogger!
I have been lusting after a cowhide rug for quite some time. The cowhide lampshade just wasn’t enough. I needed more.
Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t already have one. As a girl who has spent the better part of her life around cows, how in the world I don’t already have my very own cowhide is beyond me.
I have talked with my uncle about this problem, who is a cattle farmer. He has promised me that the next time a cow goes to the slaughterhouse, he will have them save the hide and we will tan it for a rug.
Now that the whole world knows of his promise, I feel he must carry through on it. Don’t you think so?
Talk about a great DIY post – tanning your own cowhide – that should be interesting.
So, dear uncle, if you are reading this post, you are not off the hook just because I made a DIY version.
For now, this DIY cowhide rug will have to suffice. You may have spotted it in my Vintage Modern Rustic Living Room Tour last week.
The tutorials I have seen for DIY any-type-of-hide rugs have required painting on the pattern of the hide.
People, I can paint a wall, a piece of furniture, or faux moldings like nobody’s business.
Freehand the pattern on a hide?
Houston, we have a problem.
So, when I had fabric left over from my cowhide lampshade, I saw the sign….. and it opened up my eyes.
Did you catch that Ace of Base reference?
I didn’t have a large piece of fabric left over, so I opted for a small version of a cowhide rug. Here’s how I did it.
Lay out your fabric, front side facing down.
Pull up a real cowhide rug that you like online (I just did a Google search for one). Use the photo from online to sketch out the shape on your fabric – be sure to do this on the back! I would suggest doing this with a pencil, a real pencil, not a mechanical pencil. I didn’t have a real pencil on hand, only a mechanical pencil and that didn’t work, so I used a black marker.
But, if you plan on putting it in a higher traffic area, you want to protect the top of the rug from dirt and easily tearing. To protect mine, I flipped it right side up, stuck cardboard gift boxes under it, and rolled on a couple coats of Polycrylic*.
I let it dry for a couple of days, then put it in my vintage-modern-rustic living room where it fits in perfectly.
What do you think? It will work until the uncle comes through.
You can find out more about the fabric I used here.
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