They say inspiration can come from anywhere and Sheena’s story definitely had us smiling. Here’s her letter:
Hey John and Sherry (and Clara and Burger too!) I just wanted to write to thank you for some unintended inspiration you gave me recently. After reading about Clara’s dollhouse, I fell in love with the pattern on the fabric-sample-turned-rug in the tiny room and I just had to replicate it. So I did – with a plain rug, some foam insulation, paint, and a sponge brush. Think “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” in reverse and decor style! :)
I used a 3/4 inch thick piece of insulation styrofoam to make a stamp and stamped the design over the entire rug. You could probably use a thick piece of cardboard or a piece of packing styrofoam as well. To give myself something to hold onto while I stamped, I glued a wood block to the back of the stamp and two folded pieces of cardboard to the outer square
So, starting with the outside square of my design, I brushed a coat of paint (Valspar’s Secluded Garden) onto the foam using a small foam brush. Then I stamped the very center of the rug, which I measured for and found beforehand.
I worked my way out and around the entire rug until I had a basic lattice design.
Next I grabbed the inside of my design and stamped it inside each square.
After I was done stamping, I filled in the design by sponging on paint using my foam brush.
I let it dry for 24 hours before I laid it down for fear that if I didn’t I’d be tracking paint all over our house.
But wait! There are two sides to every story, including this one…
I used two-inch wide masking tape to create the stripes on the other side of my stamped rug, then I carefully took the rug outside and gave it a couple of coats of spray paint. I noticed that the spray paint preserved the texture of the rug much more than the sponged on latex paint did.
- Rug: $20
- Paint: $6 (two sample-sized jars)
- Foam: already had
- Foam brush: already had
- Tape: $4 (used only about 1/8 of the roll)
- Spray Paint: $4 (used one leftover can and half of another)
- Grand total for the entire project: $34
Thirty-four dollars for a reversible rug that we can flip depending on our mood, that can be easily washed, that adds some much need pattern and color into our kitchen, and that gives our dish-washin’ footsies a soft place to land. Not bad, I’d say! – Sheena
So how cool is it to see a swatch of dollhouse fabric blown up into a real-life rug? And the whole reversible thing is great (the yellow stripes are Sherry’s favorite). If you’d like to read more about how Sheena knocked this out, here’s her full tutorial on and her how-to on . And a big thanks to Sheena for sharing the goods!