Just to keep it real, here's what it looks like when I suddenly 
get the urge to to rearrange the whole first floor of our house.
Once we got everything somewhat in place, I immediately noticed a slight problem.
You see, in order for the table to be centered under the lights (which are yet to be installed),
it needs to sit right here.
Since I can't move the rug over any further to the right, the left side is a tad too wide.
Following me?

So I did what any impatient DIYer would do, I took matters into my own hands, literally.
I started by taking off the rug binding on the entire left side of the rug. 
Not an easy task, but I only ended up with only a few cuts and scraps.

Next, I got out the trusty Kitchen-Aid scissors. 
Most definitely not the proper tool, but my only choice.

Next, well there is no next, because my hands were so tired 
from cutting 12 feet of this thick sisal rug, I had to call it a day. 

Mission "Make Rug Smaller" will commence today 
and hopefully I will have an update for you tomorrow. 

I didn't even google "how to cut up and re-bind a rug", so I'm winging this one.
Wish me luck!
Any last minute advice?   


  1. You go girl! That's what I call thinking on your feet!!!! (or under your feet :)

  2. Wow you are ambitious!!! I have recovered the binding of my seagrass rug with another fabric (over the first one) and all I can say is use something stronger than the glue gun glue! Over time the vacuum would pull it away from the rug. Maybe gorilla glue?

    I absolutely LOVE that your table is in front of the fireplace - that is so cozy and beautiful!!!

  3. You are cracking me up! Way to dive right in and get the job DONE! It's looking like a great dining room space - the fireplace just ups the charm factor another notch!

  4. oh puhlease. your home still looks awesome in progress. i am too distracted by the turquoise piece to even notice anything else.

  5. Wow I wouldn't think of that! Looking good!

  6. Go Andrea!!! I've got no clue on what to do with the binding, but I know you'll figure it out and have it looking amazing in no time :) Love the table by the fireplace.

  7. Wow! I continue to be amazed at your decorating "gusto" Wish I had some of that! Good luck today!

  8. I would not have the heart to cut up that large rug.......
    good luck

  9. You're a brave soul! I hope it turns out well! Andrea

  10. I give you props for this - major props. I never would have the patience to do such a thing.

  11. Ouch. Sounds like something I would do :)

  12. Oh my gosh! I love it! Cant wait to see how it turns out!

  13. I love a diyer with a 'get in there and do it' attitude!! Good luck!


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