Almost all of the main living space is made up of tile.
Since our family room is centrally located and open to most of the other living space, I really wanted a large rug to help define the area a bit more. Unfortunately, the price tag of a 9×12 rug was way more than what we wanted to spend at this point in time of our lives with two walking mess-makers (aka, our children).
Below, you can see how our couch looks a bit lost and how much tile there is everywhere:
During a recent trip to Lowe’s to pick up things for another project, I spotted this 12×15 remnant for $60! Yes! Score!
The big downside was that we needed to figure out how to bind the edges. After a few searches online trying to find a local source (and none of the employees offered suggestions), we decided to try it ourselves.
Thanks to the power of Pinterest and the internet, we ordered Instabind from The Home Depot online. The nice thing about Instabind is that all you need is a glue gun/sticks, scissors, and clear tape. With a few YouTube videos (this one and this one), the process looked simple enough for us to handle on our own.
This is what the package looked like when we received it:
I ordered a glue gun and a bunch of glue sticks. (It is pretty funny that as crafty as I like to be, I didn’t have a glue gun in my possession until now.)
The first step was to lay the carpet on the floor to see how it fit the space. We trimmed about a foot off the length of the rug.The whole process took us about 1.5 hours with both of us working together. (Ha! I just spotted the clock on the photos, pretty accurate timing!)
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Total cost of the project is less than $150, including materials. We only used one bag of glue sticks, so we returned the other unused bags.
For now I have a smaller rug layered on top to give a bit more cushion for little feet running around.
I’m undecided if I’ll keep it layered though or switch it out with something else. Doesn’t the space look so much better? The “family room” part of the space feel anchored and it fits perfectly.
I love when projects like this come together where Brian and I were able to work together in harmony. When we were working on the binding it was probably the most quiet we’ve been in a long time because we were in tune with each other’s pace of glue and sticking the binding down!
What have you been working on in your home lately? We’re toying with the idea of building a bench for our dining table.