Naturally, I was intrigued when I received an email from Emily, subject line: "A Poor Girl's Jonathan Adler." And, oh boy, the email contents exceeded my expectations!
Inspired by her mom's incredibly ingenius idea of using vinyl tile to create her own outdoor area rugs, Emily decided that her bathroom needed a Jonathan-inspired (and durable) bath mat. Ta-da!
Clever and practical!
The project started looking like this:
El cheapo vinyl tile from Lowe's.
Emily explained that she simply flipped the vinyl over, cut out her shape (very easily, with scissors), and prepped for painting with multiple layers of Killz. She believes that gesso may work just as well.
After she painted the design to her liking, she waterproofed with marine varnish. Done and done.
I think that it looks just like the "real deal," but is obviously a better choice for a wet environment, like a bathroom.
Jonathan's fluffy zebra rug.
Imagine the possibilities! You could re-create all kinds of great designer rug looks for your own vinyl mat. I think that flat vinyl rugs are always perfect in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas or play rooms. They are perfectly durable and so easy to clean.
Finally, my dream of the initial rug could maybe come true?
Let us know if you are inspired to make your very own vinyl mat for indoors or out. Emily is a doll and will happily answer any questions you may have about the process, so please fire away. Keep us posted on your own inspirations or projects!