or How to Make a Batman Rug
or How to Win at Girlfriending
Oxford Comma’s birthday was this weekend which naturally meant I purchased party hats, silly straws, streamers, and superhero balloons from the grocery store.
Cashier: Aww, how old is your son?
Me: 26. And he’s a great kisser.
Me: It probably looks like I have a four-year-old son but this is all actually for my boyfriend.
Cashier: No one’s too old for Cookie Monster hats!
And what better gift for a twentysomething with a job and bills than a Batman rug for his big boy bedroom?
Several months ago while on a Pinterest binge I came across a painted pattern on an otherwise boring area rug, and truth be told I’ve been waiting for an excuse to try this out ever since. It’s extra fun, crazy addicting, and I’m now accepting commissioned projects. Below is my step-by-step guide for turning a relatively inexpensive 5×7 area rug into a pretty special present for a guy who desperately needs to make his room look less like a solitary confinement cell.
This really is the most difficult part of the entire rug painting project. Making sure the tape lines are straight and equidistant from the edge is a tedious process, but following a modified version of the old Habitat for Humanity catchphrase certainly helped: “Measure twice, paint once.” I placed down large poster frames to mark out the straight lines, but use whatever you have at your disposal!
This was an exercise in tracing and patience. I searched “1989 Batman logo” (because my boyfriend has a favorite Batman logo) on google images and hit “command +” until it was a size I liked. Of course, then the logo was far larger than my computer screen so I traced a bit, moused over, traced a bit more, etc. Afterwards, I taped together all the paper I used like a giant puzzle. There is most definitely an easier way to do this, but it probably involves the Staples Copy Center and money I don’t want to spend.
I drew over the paper design with chalk, and then rubbed it onto a patch of painter’s tape centered on the area rug. Super easy. And those are my pajama-clad knees. Hi, knees!
I’m pretty proud that I came up with this. It ensured the design had clean lines and the stencil wouldn’t shift around by accident. Just be easy with the utility knife, you don’t want to cut through the carpet fibers!
I used acrylic paint (available at any art or craft store) and diluted it so it would cover more evenly. The paint does make the rug stiff, but since you can only do this kind of project on a flatwoven, not-too-plush rug, it doesn’t make too significant a difference in underfoot comfort.
Et voilà! A Batrug! Trombone and stand optional.
Oxford: You got me a Batman rug?!
Me: HELL NO. I painted you a Batman rug.
What followed could not be retold in good taste on this blog, wink wink nudge nudge.