Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Save my rugs – Thrifty and a DIY job -tutorial

Recently we put in new laminate floors in our remodeled kitchen. Laminate floors DO NOT like  water – so rugs are necessary.  I hemmed and hawed until I found the right rugs – one for the back door and two long runners for the sink and stove area. While cooking bacon in the microwave , some of the drippings fell to the rug – I thought that I would throw the rug into the washer after feeding the hubby but, I forgot and ran off to work…..when I came home from work I saw that my pups – smelled the bacon and gave that rug a good lickin !     I searched - You Tube and Google for a solution. The rugs cost about twenty five dollars a piece and I didn’t want to replace them – I loved them and the store was out of them already. I first tried my sewing machine with the feed dogs down – no luck because of the rubber backing. I then got out my needle and thread…..I used a wool appliqué needle with a large eye. I double threaded the needle with coordinating color - black. I just smooshed the yarn over the holes and darned away – see the pictures of before, during and after. I am so very happy I did this.

003 

001

004

006

007

009

 010

 012

Rug # 2 – another new rug – I think the pups just hooked a nail on this  one…..

015

016

019 

022

I am linking to the following parties:

 http://www.lbratina.blogspot.com/ Hostess Leigh –Tales from Bloggeritaville

thriftthursday[3] 

Hugs ~ Kammy

49 comments:

Patti Cakes said...

Looks great. You did a good job. I hate fixing things like this.

I painted a few things today. Got the before pics and will have some after pics in a few days maybe. I'm moving kinda slow.

I painted the bird cage. It's in the garage. Need to see if it's dry.

Hugs!

susan said...

Kammy--Hope this is not an omen of things to come! I am looking for a tan and blck rug myself--You did an incredible job fixing it. I can't even tell there was damage! Good luck with the rugs!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a great job. I would probably still be staring at it & scratching my head - thinking "what do I do".

Darlene said...

Those rugs are so pretty...I'm glad you were able to "fix" them. Great job on them!

Jane said...

Fabulous job....now that is thrifty!!! Great idea for taking what could have been a throw-away and making it look brand new again!

Sue said...

Necessity is the mother of invention, Kammy! Amazing how you repaired the rugs! There is no way I could've rationalized pitching the rugs, either. What a nice save!
:-) Sue

Gwen said...

You did a great job. I know who to email know if Murphy does that to mine:)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Great job! I love it when you can keep using an item instead of throwing it away. It reminds of of when I go to the antique stores and see the ways they used to repair items-

The McCrays said...

WOW! Great fix! They look brand spankin' new!

Mumzie said...

I love your new rugs...those pups will do that if they smell bacon. Your mending job is very nice. Thanks for visiting. Mumzie

Diann @ The Thirfty Groove said...

Very nice save on the rugs! You did great!

Have a wonderful day!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

so far I haven't had to FIX a rug yet! Let's hope that it continues that way. I will remember this post!!!

Patti said...

What a great job you did...and you will LOVE your laminate floors. In my last house we put in Pergo when it first came out and it kept so well (and I washed with ammonia and water and nothing else for 15 years)...but I will tell you that rugs can dull it unless you put a non-skid mat under it....and those dogs of yours are just testing you to see how creative and thrifty you can really be!!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I would never know that there was a pull in those rugs. You did a very good job of putting them back in perfect order.
♥, Susan

Amy said...

I've had to do this a few times also with a few of my hooked rugs because of one of my pups. It didn't come out perfect but good enough! Great advice!!!

Eileen said...

You did a great job!

And I love those rugs!
I have three runners in my kitchen so I know how you feel, I'd be sad to lose mine too, so I'm glad you were able to salvage them!
All the best,
Eileen

Jes said...

Great job patching that! We just installed laminate flooring as well...I'm on the lookout for rugs before the bad weather hits! Now I know what to do it they get snagged by our doggies nails! ;)

Jes
http://findingtrueserenity.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/homemade-pineapple-zucchini-bread/

Libby Murphy said...

Oh you have done great!!! Takes patience I know. You must be a wizard to whip it up good as new.
Happy Twirls

Anny said...

You are so talented and patient :)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

You must be a sewing queen, you cannot even tell the rug got snagged. Wow!
Now, on another note I am wanting laminate for my home. Tell why why it hates water so. What are the pros and cons, if you have a moment?
Thanks girl! Great job this week!
Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

You did such a good job! You can't even tell. You're very resourceful!

Manuela

Jean Stockdale said...

You were very creative to try and fix it. It looks great. No one would ever tell it was slightly damaged!

Thank for stopping by and leaving a comment on my New Orleans pictures. We did enjoy our day trip tacked on to a business trip with my husband. It is a lovely city with fabulous old architecture. I hope you do get to go and see it sometimes, although it sounds as if you live in a glorious places. Love your pictures! Blessings.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Good as new!!! I love the rugs by the way. I have a rug by my front door that just got eaten by a rat. Yes, you heard me right. I have a rat in my house!!! Eek!!!! A mouse would be bad enough, but the boys saw it & said it was a rat. I guess the rat wanted to go out the front door, but it was closed, so he chewed up my rug. I don't think I can fix my rug though. But I may try. Now if only the rat would go into the trap. I would be a happy camper.

xinex said...

That looks pretty good, Kammy. I am glad you got to save them cause they're very pretty. Please come and take a tour of our home if you have time..Christine

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Kammy,
Beautiful rugs! Gotta love your pups. Critters in the house can make life interesting! I just became a follower!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy aka Auction Queen

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow! Good for you. That was a great fix and a rug worth saving. I love pets, but I'm tired of them ruining things I just buy or make. All a part of it, I guess.

Reynolds said...

Hi friends, You are doing best job. you are sharing a images about your work. It's good post. If you have more information about that work. Kindly request you.

Melissa said...

Great job! I have that same rug in your kitchen except mine is chocolate and white!

REbekah said...

Seriously!! This happens to me alllll the time!! Now I can fit them! I usually just cut off the string anf live with it!!

Barb said...

Hi Kammy,
I just came by for a visit.

Great job fixin' those rugs!!!

blessings on your day
barbara jean

Sandy said...

Wow, Great Job! Very Thrifty fix! You can't tell at all!

Sandy said...

Kammy,
Great job, thanks for the information.
Sandy

g.suzie said...

Kammy, love it when you can fix something so good, you can't even tell it was broke!!!You did an awesome job, you are such a go-getter. . .I bet it was super hard for you when you were laid up after surgery. . .Have a great week-end!

Patti Cakes said...

Oh Kammy! I'm so upset! I over did it yesterday. So stupid of me. I started bleeding a little bit. I'm staying in bed today. Tomorrow I go for my postop. I'm so mad at myself! :-(

podso said...

wow, persistance pays off! It looks like new. Sometimes we dispose of things too quickly in this day and age, when we could repair with a little creativity and elbow grease! Good for you!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

WOW - I'm so glad you were able to fix them! They look fantastic.

Kerrie said...

What a neat blog! I found you through the link from Susan's Green Mountain Vintage. I look forward to lots of visits to your site! Kerrie

the undomesticated wife said...

What a great fix!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

wow the rugs look wonderful, you would never know that you had to repair them. You'll have to come over and fix the ones my dog snags as well....thanks for sharing...see you soon...

Paddywack Designs said...

Great fix! I love your kitchen remodel too, it looks great.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Your animals are really cute...I'm loving the chickens.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hey Girl! I think you missed my props to you post LAST Friday , after thrifty thursday. Thanks for all you do!

Heidi said...

Hi Kammy! I just discovered your blog about a week ago. I want to thank you for saving me money. I found your lighting revamp and have the same lamp. So now I have a beautiful lamp for my kitchen and here I had it all along. We had been hunting for a nice new lamp for months now with no success. You can see mine here:
http://thecranberrychronicle.blogspot.com/2009/10/plums-tartlets-in-brighter-light.html

Hugs ~
Heidi

Patti Cakes said...

I was wondering how you were doing. I've really felt good but a little tired for the first time tonight. Not doing much of anything around the house. Just a little here and a little there. Four more weeks of no lifting for me. No real plans for the weekend. Hugs

Fifi Flowers said...

Just like NEW!!!

Lori E said...

Reminder:
My Writer's Challenge link is up. Why not add a story to the rest. Just tell us about something really nice someone has done for you.

jennifer said...

Great fix! I love the black and white rug.

Michelle said...

WOW..the rugs looks like brand new!

I have darned rugs in a similar way and even put new fringe on a vintage rug. Give me a needle and thread and I can fix almost any thing!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Kammy, I've been gone for a while and was playing catch up with your blog. Boy did I miss a lot! First of all, I hope you're fully recovered and feeling better after your surgery. Secondly, I love your new kitchen!. Third, you never cease to amaze me, you can fix rugs too? You've inspired me to paint some old furniture black. I'll be posting them up next week. Hope you're doing well!

Kathleen said...

Great job..it would have been a shame to waste those rugs!!
We just put laminate in the basement..uh oh if we ever get water down there!!!
How are you feeling, Kammy? I hope better!