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Re-purpose your old rugs

Re-purpose your old rugs?

Whats that you said?

Have you ever had some really nice light colored throw rugs that after some time of use have gotten some slight stains on them and they just are not what they were?  The texture and wear of them is still good, but you start wanting something just a bit different in the room where they are?  Well I did.  I wish I had remembered to take a picture of them before I started to fix them.  So I will give you a word picture.

In my bathroom, I had two really nice funky textured, that felt really good to walk on kind of texture, rugs.  They were a light, off white color so I could put any contrasting color I wanted with them.  Well not to long ago, there was a spill and I got stains on both of them.  They are cotton, so the stain was pretty well stuck.  So this is what I did.

Instead of going out and buying two new rugs, I thought, “Cindi you could re-purpose your old rugs.”  So I went and got one new dark colored rug.  I made sure that it was pure cotton, the type you know is going to bleed when you stick it in the washing machine.  Well I chose a dark blue rug to use.  I put my dark blue rug into the wash with my two nicely used stained rugs in the hopes of having 3 rugs that would look really good together when I was done.

This was the results.

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I now have two really pretty light blue rugs that are the same hue as my new dark blue rug.  The stains do not show, and they are still wonderful to walk on.

You need to make sure that they are all cotton, so they both bleed and hold new color. Also make sure you wash in hot water and rinse in cold.  I let mine partially dry in the dryer, then finish drying outside.  I think they turned out great.  I have a whole new look with 1/3 the cost.  Just an idea that you might consider if you are looking for a change on a budget.

Feel free to share how your re-purposing works out.  Granny

sandy weinstein

Wednesday 7th of August 2013

great idea, since i just got some new bath rugs and one of my 4 legged little girls did a little number on it...stained the white rug....also good to use as matts in dog crates and in the car for the dogs...

Mandy Lenore

Monday 5th of August 2013

Ooh, this is a great idea!

Mary Beth Elderton

Monday 5th of August 2013

Wow--this is brilliant. I'd never have thought of it.

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