IDEA #2: Paint a Rug
To give the dining room its own masterpiece, Connie designed a painted "rug" that lets the color and grain of the wood floor shine through. By applying wood stain and paint to the bare pine boards, decorative painters Marsha Nealy and Shelley Edgerton created an ornate center medallion surrounded by trailing vines and a scalloped border. To create your own version of this rug, use stencils from a crafts store. Apply color with acrylic paints.