I suckerpunched that painted rug out of the way, and now I'm going to show it to you.
Here's an in-progress shot:
It took way more paint and time than I thought it would, but all told it wasn't very much/long. Maybe one half to three quarters of that quart of paint, and probably but not quite an hour? I mean, it was a labor of love, don't get me wrong. Scooting my fat belly back and forth across that rug got old halfway through, which is why we have this picture at all.
Anecdotal side note: Tony was making mac & cheese while I was painting, and when he came in to check on me he said "It looks like mac & cheese," which it does, and I know that's what I'm going to think of every time I look at it. Which kind of makes it less charming, in my opinion?
Anyway, here's the finished bedazzling, NOT mac-and-cheesey masterpiece:
Including this angle so you can see the yellow with the grey wall. I think it looks smashing.
Including this angle because why the heck not? Also it's a nice detail shot. I was nervous going into the actual painting because I wasn't certain the paint wouldn't bleed under the tape, and I was very much not certain it wouldn't look like crap once it was done. I mean, those lines are not perfectly spaced, people. So I held my breath when I ripped the first bit of tape off, and lo and behold but I was pleased! Not only did the lines hold perfectly, but you can't even tell that there is very little precision going on. (Well, maybe you can, but don't tell me that. I'm perfectly content seeing what I want to see.) Even Tony stood back and said "To be honest, I didn't think it was going to work." Confidence appreciated, sir.
So, some things if I were to do this again, or if I were smarter the first time around:
1. The paint is a little rough to the bare foot. We're hoping it'll break in with some wear and maybe some vigorous rolling up of the rug, but I suspect if I had mixed in some sort of fabric medium with the paint maybe this wouldn't be a problem?
2. Um...I can't think of any more. Brain cells, you know.
For those interested, the paint I used was Sun Ray by Behr, in a flat enamel finish. I didn't want paint with a gloss to it because I thought it would look weird, and the flat enamel is (supposedly) much more durable than straight up flat, which is good because it's a rug and all.
Thursday the man with all the tools mounted my curtain rods, so next on the list is: curtains, and blinds for that one window.
And that's that.