A New Rug and Painting Round 2

Oh the perils of being a diy blogger…starting another project in the middle of a room redo. I am supposed to be working on guest bedroom #2 but I got sidetracked by a new rug in my living room.

I had looked and looked for a rug for this space when I was redoing the living room back in October and I found this black border sisal look rug for a great price. I thought it was “the one” so it came home with me.

A New Rug and Painting Round 2 | Chatfield Court After having it in the room for 2 weeks, I knew that it wasn’t going to be the rug for me because the black border picked up everything that crossed it, Finn’s white dog hairs, fuzz, dust, and the fibers from the middle of the rug. I swear that I could vacuum that thing every day and after a few hours time, it would look like it hadn’t been cleaned in a week. I did try to live with it and gave it a couple of months to see if I could get used to it but that didn’t happen, so I started to look at new rugs. I knew that I didn’t want a wool rug, although I love the softness I don’t love the shedding, and after going months constantly cleaning my current rug, a shedding rug was the main thing I was trying to avoid. I have always liked the look of natural rugs and I actually have a round jute rug under my dining table, so I started researching to see what kind a natural rug would work best for us in the living room.  I read lots of info on jute, seagrass and sisal and it seemed like seagrass would be the most durable and the easiest to clean up if we spilled on it.  What convinced me to go for seagrass was this post by the fabulous Joni Webb at Cote De Texas. When you have a seagrass rug you definitely give up the softness of a wool, something I’m still trying to get used to, but it does seem durable, it looks good,  it doesn’t shed (yay!), and you can get them at some pretty good prices. I looked at a lot of different websites and ended up getting my rug from naturalarearugs.com (I have no affiliation with them I am just happy with my rug and wanted to share).

A New Rug and Painting Round 2 | Chatfield CourtA New Rug and Painting Round 2 | Chatfield CourtA New Rug and Painting Round 2 | Chatfield CourtSo I get my new rug, which I love, and I start to think about other parts of the room. Having lived with my paint choice (BM Thunder) for nearly 6 months and living through the dreary, hellish winter we had, I was starting to question my color choice. It’s a great gray color, with no obvious undertones, but it is a little dark for this North facing room and I’m not sure it quite fits my style. After some thought, I reluctantly decided to try again and paint. Ugh…this is a big room so repainting is taking some time, which is time away from my guest bedroom redo. That’s why I didn’t share a photo of the whole living room, besides having 2 different colors on some of the walls, the room is a mess. Once I finish, I’ll share a full room view and my paint choice. Hopefully I will be happy with it this time, because I can’t do a round 3.

Do you have a natural rug? What do you think of it? Would you get another one?

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  1. Shirlee
    Monday,April 21, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    I think every DIYer is either thinking of the next project or gets sidetracked while in the middle of one. We have 2 cats (and a dog) so no area rugs as the kitties would either claw it to shreds or toss a hairball up on it.
    I can see the black border picking up every little piece of fluff and fur and being a nightmare to keep clean. The new one is much lighter looking and a whole different look. Looking forwards to seeing the new wall colour.

    • Kristi
      Monday,April 21, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      Hi Shirlee. The problem with getting sidetracked in this house is that now I have a couple of rooms that are ripped apart and a mess and in a small space it’s tough to live with. It does give me the incentive to get moving though because we need space to eat, sit, walk, etc. 😉 Yeah, the black border was a nightmare and I should have known better but I needed a rug. Lesson learned though so I guess that is the good part of this. I’m hoping the new rug and wall color will come together well so that I can share it sooner rather than later.
      As always, I appreciate your comment and visit. Have a great week.

  2. MaryJean
    Monday,April 21, 2014 / 8:20 pm


    I love the rug you have picked, but if you are looking for a change, what about the rug tiles from FLOR that you used in your entryway? They have, which I’m sure you already know, so many different combinations and textures and if you get tired of one combination you can go ahead and just change the pattern design or buy a few different ones. I still haven’t purchased the tiles for my entry from the garage yet, but I’m thinking of purchasing some for our front door entry (small, less expensive) and see what I think of it. The reason is, we are thinking of doing something else by the garage entry. It’s too long to explain here, but it goes back to when we first purchased our home. I’m sure you have stories like that too! LOL


    • Kristi
      Monday,April 21, 2014 / 9:46 pm

      Hi MJ. I did look into the FLOR tiles for this area but for an 8×10 rug, they were significantly more expensive than the natural rug. I completely understand what you mean about your garage entry. We have an area like that too. It’s better to wait and be sure of what you want than to spend a lot of money on a change that will be temporary. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

  3. Joe
    Monday,April 21, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    I Like that rug.

    • Kristi
      Monday,April 21, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Joe!

  4. Tuesday,April 29, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Love the rug, it is wonderful and I like a lighter color on the walls too. Can’t wait to see it all done. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 29, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you Marty!

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