Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
When I made my hand painted floor cloth in April, I know many of you were curious about how it would hold up to wear and tear, especially in a high traffic area like my tiny kitchen.
So, today I’ll show you!
Here’s the original picture I showed you soon after I finished the floor cloth…
And here’s what it looks like today…
(Yes, I still have ungrouted tile. Don’t judge me.)
Now those two pictures were taken with two different cameras, but you can see that at that distance, it still looks pretty good, right?
And even up a little closer, it’s still pretty decent…
But there are definitely some problems. First of all, if you’ll remember, the vinyl flooring that I used is completely covered with tiny little divots. I thought it might add a textural quality, and make the paint look not quite so perfect, and more like a rug.
The problem is that those little divots are magnets for dirt. Over the last four months, dirt has settled into the little divots, and then has become almost cemented into the divots with mopping and cleaning.
I’ve even gotten on my hands and knees and scrubbed it with the scrubby side of a sponge, and nothing seems to budge that dirt. The good thing is that the paint is incredibly durable, and holds up great even with me scrubbing with the green scrubby side of a sponge.
But this dirt problem is certainly frustrating. Overall, it’s given the floor cloth a dull look.
So, I might have to go back to the drawing board when it comes to making a floor cloth for my high traffic kitchen. I don’t have much experience with vinyl flooring, so I’m not sure if all vinyl flooring has these little divots or not. If the vinyl was perfectly smooth, with no dirt magnets, I would absolutely love my little floor cloth, so it might just be a matter of finding a different type of vinyl.
Any suggestions?! Did any of you try this project? If so, does your vinyl have these little divots?
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