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DIY: Zebra Drop Cloth Rug

These days the internet is overflowing with DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects.  With so many options and variations out there, picking a project that seems not only fun – but also possible to complete – can be daunting.  We decided to take the guess work out of this equation by tackling one DIY project at least once a month.  We want to show that we can handle these projects and YOU CAN too! Our marketing assistant, Lauren Thomas, tackled our first DIY project – a Zebra Drop Cloth Rug!

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I recently embarked on a rather crazy DIY project – a stylish metallic gold zebra print rug! This project was inspired by the growing trendiness of animal prints, not only in the interior design world, but in all facets of fashion as well!

This was such a fun DIY-er and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share my step-by-step guide and tips and tricks to crafting your very own!

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I first began by laying out my drop cloth on a large even surface where it was easy for me to begin sketching the outline of my zebra.

At first, I was a little nervous that the shape would not be perfectly symmetrical, but realized that the less perfectly sketched it was, the more real and authentic the shape would look-so I just went with it!

1- Sketched

I began sketching with a pencil in case I needed to erase. After I sketched the shape I wanted, I went over the lines with a sharpie, so that I could see the lines more clearly as I was cutting. I then cut the drop cloth with scissors and encouraged the edges to fray a bit, in an effort to make the rug look like an authentic hide.

2- Cut

After I was pleased with the shape, I ironed the drop cloth. Ironing makes the material smoother and eases the process of sketching and painting the stripes.

Then the painting began! I laid out a tarp that covered the surface area of the rug and began to apply the white base paint. The white paint serves not only as the background but also as a primer for the drop cloth. I used more than one quart of paint, as drop cloths absorb a TON of paint.  I recommended getting at least two quarts of paint so you can apply generously!

3- Prime

It took about three hours for the paint to dry. During this time I began sketching my stripes with a pencil.  Just remember- no two zebras have the same stripes, so just have fun with it! You really can create any look you want!

4 - Sketch

Once I was happy with the stripes I sketched, I began painting the stripes. This was my favorite step, as I loved seeing the whole process come to life! I actually mixed a tannish brown paint with a gold metallic to get a more subdued gold look.

6 - Stripes

I loved how this technique turned out because none of the stripes are the same exact color, as some were mixed with more gold and vice versa. It gives the rug a more authentic feel!

7 - Stripes 2

If you are happy with your rug with just one coat, then that is great! I chose to go back over the stripes with a second coat to add a bit more color and touch up a few light areas. Once your paint has dried completely (I would let it dry over night just to be sure) you can apply your polyurethane coat.

Stripe Detail

I applied a light coat of polyurethane in hopes that it would increase the durability of the rug. But if you find that it slightly alters the shine or hue of the finish you wanted to achieve, then you should be fine without it as long your rug will not be in a high traffic area of your home.

FINAL

Voila!  Not too difficult at all! I ended up putting the rug in my room and layered it on top of the rug I already have in the space.

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Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant

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Holiday Decor: Inspiration to Creation

The task of decorating for the holidays can be daunting.  There are endless options and themes and it can be hard to decide where to begin!

We have been gearing up for this holiday season transforming our retail store into a winter wonderland. Beginning as early as September, our buyers and merchandisers gathered to pull inspiration photos, and to compare pictures of what was scheduled to arrive and what was currently on hand that could be used for this year’s displays.

One of our favorite approaches is repurposing existing items as well as buying the latest and greatest during the Fall Markets!  Mixing the old with the new creates interest, and better yet – allows you to save your dollars for gift giving!

Here is an example of one of the inspiration photos we used for our holiday vision – we love the simplistic, yet shimmering glamour of the tree!

Using this as our inspiration, we took our bare tree, metallic spray paint, and items already found in our store to make our perfect store entrance vignette.

Mercury bottle votives became cool over-scaled ornaments, and burlap ribbon became glitzy dressing by simply spray-painting it silver. The metallic theme was also applied to an older red wreath and voila – we had a new tree topper complete with ‘JB’ letters as the finishing touch!  Combining existing goods with our fabulous new mercury balls, sparkling vine orbs, and festive ornaments makes a grand statement.

Interested in repurposing your existing Christmas holiday décor into new ideas and displays?  We can help!  Our designers are available for hourly consultation to help you create displays that will dazzle.

And if all you need is a little inspiration, then please plan to join us for our Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 8th from 3-7pm.  All of our displays will be ready for gazing AND shopping!

We can assure you, J Banks Retail has the holidays covered with gift ideas for everyone on your list!

See you soon during all our holiday events!

JB

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