May 4, 2011

See Rock Ruggy

First off I must admit this was NOT my idea.  I saw it on a web link party I took place in a few weeks ago.  I tried to find the rightful owner who originally came up with the idea, but I did not bookmark it and feel bad even posting it.  If this is your idea...kudos to you on a great project!  And PLEASE  let me know. I would love to give you credit for your tutorial.  

But, since I spent almost $20 on rocks and $25 on caulk, I would share my new creation.

I am constantly replacing rugs inside our back door.  It is where we all come and go and my husband's boots are always filthy!  We ruin a lot of rugs.  I am tired of paying so much for them and then they just wear out or getting too dirty to wash and must be replaced.

SO..first I measured the space where I wanted the rug to go.  With my new really cool measuring tape.  I wrote my initials on it. : )

Next, I began my search for stones.  I found them at Lowes (of course) for 1/2 price.  They were $2.50 for a 2lb bag.  It took 6 bags to complete this rug.  I also used 3 tubes of clear waterproof caulk.

I cut a piece of plywood (which was the cheap particle board kind) to fit in the space I needed.  It was roughly 24" wide and 54" long.  Next, I sanded it down with 80 grain sandpaper.  I used the caulk gun to apply caulk to the board and arrange the stones to fit together as best I could. 

(Diesel decided to help by chewing up a piece of sandpaper.)

After I figured out how to actually open a tube of caulk I just
smeared it all over the board and began placing the rocks.

It did take awhile to get them arranged, and I used way more caulk than I expected.  After using up all the stones and another run to Lowes (to buy their last two bags of stones) I completed the "rug". 

I tried filling in the gaps with leftover caulk but it seemed to make more of a mess.  So, I finished it with a coating of clear polyurethane. 

Almost finished!

In its new home!

I will probably paint the sides of the board a brownish color.

I lined the bottom of the board with that plastic mesh rug backing stuff I don't know the proper name of... to protect the floor.  Now we have an awesome "rug" that I can take outside and hose off.  It traps dirt when hubby wears his dirty boots in the house; and it looks cool, which of course is my main goal.  It is a little hard to stand on in socks.

SO...go to the store, the creek or the driveway and make yourself a rug.  They rock!
Before you go rock out, my friend Rach is giving away some rocking undies.  They are Foxers.  A mix between panties and boxers.  Go on over to her website and sign up for the giveaway.  You can be rocking these undies soon!
Just click here to enter:
Foxers Giveaway

I've linked this post with several parties on my link parties page, including Metamorphosis Monday


Rachael West said...

What a great idea thank for sharing - I may find myself making one of these for the back door step :+)

Liz said...

I would love that for my back deck entrance, or even for that nasty soggy area and hard to landscape spot right in front of the deck stairs :)

ash said...

that's a good idea :) it looks very nice. is it heavy to move around?

Anonymous said...

Tiff,you always amaze!
Not only does your "rug rock",you "rock" too my creative little friend.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And bonus - beauty plus functionality!

Fabric Bows and More said...

Cute! Please come and share it at my link party:

Leslie said...

This is too cool! I bet it would be great on an outdoor patio!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Very, Very cool!!
I saw something similar in a store... Pottery Barn?? Thanks for sharing the how-to... I am going to try this

the cape on the corner said...

whoa, how neat. i haven't seen anything like that, though i do have a mat that is faux rocks!

Rose :: said...

Absolutely GREAT.

I'm moving it from our 'ALL ABOUT STAIRS' linky party to the 'GENERAL' linky party.

Thank you for your contribution to the party, and of course for the link back to our blog (can't see it but trust it's there somewhere).

Hope to see you again with new tutorials for projects as great as this!


Anonymous said...

That looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to my party. I just featured your project! :)