May, 2014, Liz Barrett
I spent last month making two vinyl rugs for our newly refurbished patio. We had some leftover vinyl from a renovated bathroom. I flipped the vinyl over, cut rugs to size, and painted the designs to go with our blue patio furniture (and green gardens and grass). I really don’t know whether or not this is going to work. I used house paint primer follow by latex house paint (you can’t get oil paints any longer). Then I topped them with a coat of MinWax poly urethane (oil base for durability). We’ll see how long they last and how well they resist wear. The rugs measure 3.5 x 5.5 (bottom) and 3.5 x 4.5 (top) for two conversation areas on the patio. When we get the patio all finished (with new throw cushions), I’ll include a photo of the whole thing.
5/2015 — We discovered that the rugs were scarily slippery when wet — not great for a patio beside our pool. Non-skid rubber spray worked marvelously well. 6/2017 Here’s a photo I found from 2015 — I have absolutely no idea who the people are nor the event. It doesn’t look like much fun, but the rugs look terrific. After three years they are still going strong.