Friday Wrapup (And A Question About Painted Floorcloths)

Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

It’s Friday!! I’m not sure why, but this week has felt hectic and unorganized to me, so I’m very thankful that the weekend is here…time to relax a bit, regroup, work on some fun projects, and gear up for a busy week next week.

Speaking of fun projects, one of the things on my “to do” list for my kitchen is to make a painted floor cloth. I’ve wanted to tackle this project for quite some time now, and my kitchen seems like the perfect place for it.

Painted floorcloth via Artsy Fartsy

I’m sure that I won’t get to it this weekend, but I’m wanting to plan ahead a bit in case I have to order anything online. So I’m just curious…have any of you made a painted floor cloth, or know someone who has? Did you actually use canvas, or did you use a scrap piece of vinyl flooring? Oil-based paints, or latex? If you have any info, spill it!!

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I hope you have a perfectly lovely weekend!

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    March 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I can't wait for the instructions on this one! This is something I need and could do 🙂 Have a great weekend, Kristi~

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    [email protected]
    March 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I've made a couple of floorcloths. I used heavy-duty #8 canvas on one I made for myself (which I order from chicagocanvas.com) and acrylics, topped with several coats of water-borne polyurethane. The one I made for myself still looks great after five years of use. The other one I made for a client fifteen years ago and used #10 canvas because it was a ten-foot wide octagon and the #8 only goes up to 6' wide. I honestly have no idea how it held up, though I assume pretty well as I told her I'd come out and give it additional coats of poly if it should start to show wear and she never called me out to do it.

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    March 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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    Kim-A Creative Spirit
    March 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I have always wanted to do one as it is tough to find exactly the right rug (at least for my place) so can't wait to see yours and hear the how to's. Enjoy your weekend.

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    March 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I can't believe you posted this! I was all ready to purchase West Elm's Kite Kilim Rug for my family room redo. The $649 price has me hesitating because I'm one that likes to switch things up regularly. Not practical when you look at the price of rugs. I've seen some painted rugs that were mediocre so I balked at that too. Until one of my favorite photographers posted her Ikea hack this week.


    Fabulous right? And look at the savings! I am going to give this a try. If you have any suggestions to help prevent wear, I'm all ears.

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    March 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I use to make these years ago during my craft business days..they were very fun and easy to make..I did pretty much the same thing that Deb did…

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    March 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Sounds like fun. I just went to several sites looking for the canvas to read about it. This one seemed to have the most information: http://www.canvasworksfloorcloths.com/ It also has a video. I probably read every word on the site. Now I'm thinking I would like to make a floorcloth, especially since the primed, hemmed blanks can be ordered. Some I saw on other sites seemed to have ripples in them. I wonder if they all do after they are painted. I have never actually seen a floorcloth. Have you?

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    March 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Wow, this might be a great solution for us; two cats and a huge slobbery dog (St. Bernard) means that anything we put on the kitchen floor gets instantly dirty! This seems like it's more durable and easily cleanable.

    Can't wait for the tutorial. 😀

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    Vanessa Dawne
    March 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Kristi — great timing! I recently decided on this option after seeing Bill Barr's example at http://billbarr.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/im-workimg-on-it/ & I love Hayley's Ikea make-over.

    Now, the question is floor cloths, sisal, or canvas? And, of course, the pattern. I like Bill's idea of sewing 4 squares together. Looking forward to all your tips.

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    March 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I have done several floor cloths and always used vinyl, you use the back side, I first painted a couple coats of gesso and then proceed with whatever design you want to paint. After you are done you will want to apply several coats of non-yellowing poly.

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    The O's
    March 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Curious to see if you try this! This is something I would probalby never do. I'm just not a good enough "artist" to attempt something like that! =)

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    March 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Like I needed to add another thing to add to my projects I want to try list but you've got me thinking!!! My dining room table (which we use all the time for family dinners) could use a little grounding. This might be a great solution. What have you planned for your design??

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    March 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I can't wait to see how this turns out. I read about this once and have had it in the back of my head. Hope you give instructions along the way of how you attempted it 🙂

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    Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!)
    March 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I mentioned you and your kitchen wall mural in my most recent blog post and linked to your blog. I hope that's the correct 'blog etiquette'? Please let me know if I should do something further, as I'm new to all this and certainly don't want to be 'blog rude'!

    As usual, thanks for the inspiration….you're my decor idol!

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    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Like I needed to add another thing to add to my projects I want to try list but you've got me thinking!!! My dining room table (which we use all the time for family dinners) could use a little grounding. This might be a great solution. What have you planned for your design??