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How to Make A Discount Rug Work Like A Boss | ORC Week 2

Hello Friends,

I’ll share a secret, if you promise not to tell.

Before I started writing this post, I had some girlfriends come over for a preview of my little room. I know the room is supposed to stay under wraps until the big reveal, but I really needed to know what was on their minds.

What I learned, among other things, is that they know what they like and don’t like, but have no idea why. But more importantly, they know what they like, but can’t always figure out how to copy the look.

Huuuum. Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like my girls.

For those of you with your hands held high, take heart.  I totally get it.

And to make this series worth your time, every single post will systematically work towards assembling this room. This way, the process can be copied any time and in any desired style.

Sound like a plan? πŸ™‚

So let’s get started.

How to Make A Discount Rug Work Like A Boss: ORC Week 2

Disclosure: RugPadUSA sponsored this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Like all decor styles, eclectic traditional looks best when collected over time. And nothing brings the different styles together quite like layering. But given this, why do some rooms look like works of art and others like a garage sale gone bad? I mean, aren’t they both products of collecting and layering?  πŸ™    

Sadly, yes, but seems there is a way to layer and a way not to layer.  Because of this, I spent a good deal of time researching articles from some design experts and incorporated their wisdom into this plan. The way I figure it, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel, but there’s plenty reason to hopefully —just hopefully — avoid that whole garage-sale-gone-bad thingy.

So let’s have a look at the first couple of layers.

Humble Beginnings

In case you missed Week 1, that post explained how this room went from crisis to canvas. The painting part of layer number one was all about creating a clean, fresh background to act as a backdrop for the furnishings. And so the walls and trim were painted a warm white.

From crisis to canvas | The before photo for an eclectic traditional great room makeover | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Let There Be Light

 Included in the first layering was “unlayering” the windows. Why?

  • To maximize the light coming in from the north-facing windows.

  • To add simplicity to the fresh and neutral backdrop the room so desperately needed.

  • And, to help anchor the fireplace as the focal point on this wall without competing with the fireplace or the furnishings.

Simple windows add to the fresh and uncluttered look for this great room makeover | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 Trouble at the Sixth Wall

After these changes, I must confess that the entire direction of the room wasn’t clear. I was struggling to find the mood board of my dreams. And trying to juggle the pieces I already had with items that needed purchasing was tossing me into a mindmelt. But somehow, just before absolute frustration set in and the “q” word (for quit) was entertained, I just went all Goldilocks. Remember her? She was the gal who tried all of the porridges before finding the one that was “just right.”

Well, turns out, Goldi had the right idea.

And so it goes that I tried several rugs with various colors, patterns, and textures only to realize that these rugs were. just. all. wrong.

They seemed to pull the eye down to the floor and separate it from the rest of the open space. Not just the space in the great room, but in the adjacent rooms, too. The problem with this is that the wrong rug could make the great room look even more cylindrical in shape by creating a sinking bottom. Or at least, this was my worry.

Lift Up Thine Eyes

And because of this, my gut instinct said to use a rug that would wrap the color from the walls and help to lift the eye up into the open two-story space.  

Then, just before frustration gave into despair, I remembered a rug in my stash with a background that matched the new wall color (SW 6385 Dover White) almost perfectly. It was purchased to use in the sunroom before I went another direction. 

Huuum. Don’t ask. Long story for another time.

For the great rrom makeover, the wall color and the background color of the rug match almost perfectly | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Anyway, it has a super-tight weave for easy cleaning and fits the space as good as any standard, off-the-rack rug could. And the pattern includes the actual color of my beloved warm greige. Granted, this rug may not be perfect, but it is close enough. I could make it work. 

And with this, the rest of the mood board became clear in my mind.

A warm white and greige are the focus of this patterned rug for an eclectic traditional great room makeover | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Pattern. What pattern?

As for the pattern, it will work like a solid. I know. This sounds like crazy talk, but it will all make sense when the furnishings are layered on top. Remember, the goal for this space is to maximize the use of the vertical space. For this to occur, the six walls (ceiling, four walls, and floor) need to blend and balance each other visually while remaining as neutral as possible.

The interesting pattern on this rug will work as a solid in an eclectic traditional great room makeover | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Bring On the Lux

The last hurdle towards making this rug “work-like-a-boss” is comfort. With the tight cotton weave, it feels good to the skin, but is very uncomfortable on top of the hardwood floor. This is because it doesn’t provide any real cushion between the person and the floor. But no worries, here’s the fix.

Earlier in the year, I learned about a company called RugPadUSA and was thrilled to order a pad with super-cushion and super-grip.

A rather thin discount rug feels lux with a super cushion rug pad | #sponsored RugPadUSA | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you look on their website, they have any kind of possible rug pad you could want, including pads with a special lining to protect pet accidents or other spills from penetrating to the hardwoods. They also have any thickness and size you could possibly imagine. Basically, everything is custom selected from an array of preset options on the menu.

A simple cotton-weave rug feels lux and lush when a comfy rug pad is placed underneath | #sponsored RugPadUSA | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

So here’s how it works.

  • Buy and bring home a rug you love.

  • Roll it out completely flat and measure the rug in at least 3 to 4 places for width and 3 to 4 places for length.

  • Select the smallest measurement for width and length. 

  • Go to the website and enter the measurements with your favorite pad choice.

  • RugPadUSA will make the pad to fit your rug and ship it to your door.

A simple cotton-weave rug from the discount store feels super lux when a cushy rug pad is added | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I chose the Superior Lock for hardwoods with a 1/3″ cushion in a rectangle shape. It fits perfectly and gives the rug a little lift, sort of like the difference in lined and unlined draperies. You know how a good lining adds so much body to the featured fabric? 

Now, my rug looks more expensive and is super comfy underfoot. Plus, the pad has a 20-year warranty. Seriously. 20 years. I’m thinking that this pad will be here for the next great room refresh.

But like I noted earlier. Another story for another time. πŸ™‚

A simple cotton-weave rug becomes lux and lush when a rug pad is added | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

End of Week 2 Progress

So here’s where we are at the end of Week 2. The rug is centered in front of the fireplace and the big pieces of furniture have been moved into place. The sitting area is defined by the rug and the room’s boundaries (on the sides without walls) by the sofa table and side table.

At the end of Week 2, the eclectic traditional great room makeover is now ready to accessorize | #ORC One Room Challenge Week 2 The Rug | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Refinished Sofa Table

The sofa table makeover was the first project completed. To see the tutorial, please click here.

Progress Weeks and Room Reveal

Click here for Week 1 – Great Room Plan

Week 2 – You are here

Click here for Week 3 – 4 Easy Ways to Make Elegant Wall Art

Click here for Week 4 – Mirror Makeover in 3 Easy Steps

Click here for Week 5 – How to Make Custom Sized Pillow Covers

Click here for Week 6 – Great Room Reveal

Hosts

As always, many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this event on her blog. Thanks also to the ORC media partner, House Beautiful and to all of the wonderful sponsors. We are thrilled to share this journey with you!

But –for now–thanks so much for stopping by!

Ideas for making a standard-sized rug from a discount store work in an oddly-shaped room | #ORC One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

 

 

 

 

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59 Comments

  • Reply Nancy @ Slightly Coastal April 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Great tips! Sometimes when we are on the brink of giving up, we finally get the epiphany we need to make it all work. I’m so happy that happened for you. I love that they make the rug pad to the exact measurements of your rug.
    I’m going to have to look into that. Hip hip hooray for having week 2 in the books. Okay, now I have to get back to working on my room. πŸ™‚

    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 12, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Nancy!! The rug pad is amazing. I never knew what a difference it could make until it was underfoot. And now….coming over to see you!!!

  • Reply Sue Purdy April 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I love this rug!!! And I’m loving the pattern and colours and how it’s going to anchor the room. Great choice Susie!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Sue! Given this rug, I was totally surprised with my fabric choices. But it is really coming together. #thrilled

  • Reply Marie|The Interior Frugalista April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Love that THE rug, the one that pulled your vision (and confidence) together, was one you already owned! It’s quite lovely and I’m seeing colors that echo those in your sun room (no surprise because that’s the room it was intended for). So looking forward to week 3!
    (P.S. I love your writing style)

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Marie! I always worry —about everything. So happy to have you stop by and leave your ever so encouraging words. XOXO

  • Reply Leslie April 13, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I had a similar room in our house in Missouri and that ceiling height can be harder to deal with than most people think. I love open and bright windows! Good move!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Hi Leslie! I know! RIght? It’s not like working with a room with a normal ceiling. Every single item had to be scaled to the high ceiling. But, during my research travels, I learned a trick. I’d love to circle back with you after the reveal and see if I pulled it off. So happy you stopped by!

  • Reply Jaclyn @ The Dotted Nest April 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Oooooo…yes! A good pad can make a cheaper rug feel luxurious! It’s really pretty though…I love the pattern.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Hi Jaclyn and thanks! I had always bought pads from the discount store and had no idea I really wasn’t getting anything for my trouble. This pad is like a day and night difference. So happy to have you stop by!!

  • Reply Andrea April 13, 2017 at 2:28 am

    What a great post! The post title totally drew me in. Can’t wait to see more.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Hi Andrea and thanks! LOL… thanks me. Little trick title maker. πŸ™‚ So happy you stopped by!!

  • Reply thecrownedgoat April 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I love this rug! I love the pattern, the texture, the colors, I love it all. Can’t wait to see how your space comes together. It’s going to be so fabulous. Hugs, CoCo

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Hi Coco! Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by! I do believe this little rug will work out just fine…..until I find a better one. LOL. #mybad XO Susie

  • Reply Cassie Bustamante April 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

    love the design of that rug! i can’t wait to see it anchor your space!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Cassie! I think it’s going to work. Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for stoppng by!

  • Reply Julie Nichols April 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    This is a beautiful space to work with. I love the design in your rug and the paint color for the walls. I can’t wait to see it come all together!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Julie! Me, too. I’ve waited so long and am loving that the room will soon be ready for friends and family to enjoy. Appreciate the visit!!

  • Reply Jillian April 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Looking good! I think the rug will be perfect. Thanks for the rug pad tips.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Jillian and thanks. The rug pad made such a huge difference. It’s one of reasons I wanted to devote a post to the rug. Appreciate the visit!!

  • Reply Dara-Hood Creek Log Cabin April 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I love the pattern and colors of the rug! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Dara and thanks! I’m really loving this rug now, too! So happy to have you stop by!

  • Reply Carolann April 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Gosh, I love your rug. The padding looks super high-quality! It sounds like you are making super progress Susie. I’m always excited to see what you are cooking up. I know it’s going to breathtaking!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Carolann and thanks. IDK about breathtaking, but I do hope it makes for a comfy and inviting home to share with friends and family.

  • Reply The Red Painted Cottage April 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Susie, This rug is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see everything come together in this room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Hi CArol and thanks. I have my fingers crossed everything goes as planned. SO good to have you stop by!

  • Reply Melissa April 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Love these rug tips, and love that rug! I can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Melissa and thanks. Hard to believe it was a red-tag clearance find. For this room, it was my big score. Appreciate the visit!!

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger April 13, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the progress in your room, Susie. One Room Challenges are so interesting to me, and I really like where your room is headed. “See” you next week, and hope you have a beautiful Easter! Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Cynthia and thanks. Having this room underway is a good feeling. It’s good for my soul. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Easter to you and yours, too.

  • Reply misstoni65 April 14, 2017 at 12:53 am

    ooh, I love that rug, I remember seeing it under that lovely glass table you updated a few months back. Girl your room is going to look so fantastic, I can’t wait to see it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hi Toni and thanks. Yes! It’s so good to find things in the stash that can be pulled out and used. Always a big high-five for that! Wonderful to have you stop by! XOXO

  • Reply Julie Reinwald April 14, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I really love that rug! And it looks fabulous with the black/cane chair. I agree that it is sometimes hard to pull together an exact vision for a space. There is inspiration all around us, which can flow organically. Often, I just start and see what progresses as I go (not a great technique, but it works for me, haha.) I am excited to see your room come together!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 14, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Hi Julie and thanks! You are so right about taking inspiration and following the vision as it develops. I basically did this as just about every piece of furniture in the house was rotated through this space. LOL. The same is true for artwork. On the May 11 reveal, I’ll share what finally triggered the ultimate plan. Wonderful to have you stop by! Have a great week-end.

  • Reply maureen April 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    What a pretty rug! There is nothing like a quality pad to not only prolong the life of your rug, but make it feel luxurious under foot. By the way, that view out your window…love it!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hi Maureen and thanks! You are so right. A quality pad will prolong the life of the rug, but until this pad arrived, I didn’t realize how awful my other pads were. Looking back, I had just wasted my money. And the view out of the window, I know! Right? I’m so glad I simplified those windows. Appreciate the visit! See ya next week. XO

  • Reply Brittany Goldwyn April 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Looking good! I actually love the rug, doesn’t look like a discount rug to me πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Hi Brittany and thanks! I know! Right? A clearance score at my fav HomeGoods/TJMaxx. LOL… #ourlittlesecret

  • Reply Lisa Scibilia April 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    What a great rug to pull out of your stash!! Isn’t it amazing the difference a good rug pad makes? I can’t wait to see more of your room next week Susie. The white walls look so good!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Hi Lisa and thanks! I know! Right? It was brand new, too. I had to cut the tags off of it to roll it out. Always wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply Leslea April 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I love the rug! I think it will be perfect in your space!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 16, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Hi Leslea and thanks! The rug does seem to be working out. I’m excited to share the reveal. Appreciate the visit!

  • Reply Casey @ House by the Bay April 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Awesome tip – I’ve never even thought about putting a pad under my rugs!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Casey and thanks. I’ve always had the thin little non-skid pads from the retail store which, in retrospect, didn’t do anything except prevent a bit of skid. But, this pad has totally rocked my world. I am amazed at the difference. So thrilled to share it with all of you. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Michelle April 17, 2017 at 6:57 am

    This is coming along nicely. I love this rug. I can’t wait to see the entire room and next week’s post looks super cool. I will be back to see it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Michelle. SO lovely to have you stop by! Thanks for your kind words. Look forward to seing you next week.

  • Reply Diane Rath April 17, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Absolutely love that rug- and who would know that it was a “discount” product! Not I!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Diane and thanks! I’ll share my fav rug shopping spot at the final reveal. LOL. Wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply Emy April 17, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I need to add rug pads to my rugs. I love your rug, by the way. I can see how it will read as a neutral. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Emy and thanks! I was really surprised how much difference this quality pad made. It’s well worth the investment.

  • Reply Nicole @ The Inspired Hive April 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Such a great rug!!! And I have one of RugPadUSA’s pads and love it!! Great choice! πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Hi Nicole and thanks! I can’t believe how much the area is used now. The rug pad truly made a difference in the comfort of the hardwoods. I’m so glad you have one, too! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • Reply Sue May 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I am in love with your rug and one thing we have not done is get rug pads, so you inspire me.

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Hi Sue and thanks! I do highly recommend this company. I didn’t know the huge difference a quality pad would make, but oh my —it surely does!

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