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How To Paint an Ikea Rug

Are you looking for a way to add some color and pattern to a door mat or rug? Well, you have come to the right place! Today we are showing you how to paint an Ikea rug with a geometric Morrocan inspired pattern. 

painted rug

We love a good IKEA hack and this project might be the cheapest one we have ever done! We used the SORTSO rug that costs only $3.99! Grab some acrylic paint and fabric medium and you are all set to create a one-of-a-kind foot mat. 

How To Paint an Ikea Rug

The first step is to decide what color palette you would like to use for this Moroccan inspired rug. Pink, coral, yellow and light blue is a fun summery look, don’t you think? Earthy tones or even a black and white look would be a wonderful pattern and color to use. 

Painters tape will be your best friend to start this project. Then after your initial diamonds are painted, you can free hand paint the rest of it! 

What kind of paint to use on a rug

We strongly recommend to use fabric paint on cotton rugs. If you have acrylic paints already that you would like to use, make sure and mix in a fabric medium to that acrylic paint. This allows the paint to soak into the fabric properly and not get too stiff or rigid. 

painted rug

painted rug

How To Paint an Ikea Rug

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Estimated Cost: 35

See how we made this Morrocan inspired floor mat from an inexpensive Ikea rug! We love adding color and pattern to the basic and boring!

You can use any color palette that you would like. We went with a pink and coral theme for summer!

I am so tempted to make one with muted earthy tones for the Fall season as well.


  • SORTSO rug from Ikea
  • fabric paint or acrylic craft paint
  • fabric medium (if using craft paint)
  • paint brushes
  • painters tape


  • no tools necessary


  1. Lay the SORTSO rug from Ikea flat and use painters tape to create a design.
  2. If you are using acyrlic paint, mix in the fabric medium. Follow the directions on the bottle.
  3. Start with one color to paint diamonds on the rug
  4. Continue adding more pattern and color to the rug.
  5. Peel up tape when paint is not completely dry.
  6. Allow the paint to dry.
  7. You can add a coat of sealer spray paint if you would like a bit more protection of paint. But if you use fabric paint or the fabric medium, you should be good to go!


This is a great way to add your favorite color to a back door or mudroom in your home.

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 Check out the Instagram Reel video we made for this IKEA Hack.


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