Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fabulous Floorcloths Part 2

Welcome back! If you missed part 1, you can see it here. Today, I will show the finished floorcloth in place and talk about how I made it. This is where we left off....

Again, when using graphic, simple patterns, floorcloths are pretty fast and easy to paint. I finished this one in about a day. The more intricate the design you choose and the more colors you use, the longer it will take.
For this example, I used heavy duty (12 0z.) pre-primed canvas, which will provide the easiest working surface and highest durability . I was lucky enough to find a whole bolt at a discount fabric wharehouse near me. If you don't have such luck, it can be ordered online.
http://www.danielsmith.com/Item--i-328-010-007
http://www.dickblick.com/products/fredrix-floor-cloth-canvas
These are just a couple places you can order from. There are even companies that will sell 'blanks' with the canvas measured, hemmed and ready to paint, *but* I have found the extra expense to be out of my range! On that note, I finish my edges by simply hot gluing the selvage and the ends.
Using an iron on cotton setting and a pressing cloth, fold the hem over and press in place. This gives the canvas a 'memory' of where it will fold and when you glue it down, you have a nice, crisp edge.

And as simple as that, you have a finished floorcloth!


Add a rug pad underneath to give it some cushion and you have a durable, easy to clean and inexpensive alternative to a traditional area rug. Best of all, these are lightweight and easy to roll up and store, so you can make several and switch them out as the mood strikes you! The cost of this one?  Less than $20 for the canvas, the paint I already had, and my time. Now isn't that worth it?!

Here is another example I made for a dance-a-thon party/fundraiser I recently decorated for a friend (more on that later) Hard to tell here, but this baby is 12 feet long!! It served as a portion of the dance floor,  held up beautifully and will see many more events.
The sponge paint applicator made quick work of the chunky chevron stripe pattern. and I finished this one in about 4 hours.


For those who would like step-by-step instructions and more design ideas, this is an excellent book for you.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/fantastic-floorcloths-you-can-paint-in-a-day/
or check your local library.

Be sure to check back for part 3 of Fabulous Floorcloths. I'll share a different technique for making floorcloths that might surprise you!
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10 comments:

Jessa Smith said...

Love the chevron pattern!! That looks great!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Lucy Designs said...

wow these look great, I heart painted floorcloths!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

This is fantastic..love the shade of blue you used. Thanks for joining my newbie party.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow! I love this! I've always wanted to do one but they seem intimidating! I appreciate the info. and links to buying the canvas!

Chelsea {twotwentyone} said...

This is awesome! I love the chevron pattern and the color you chose!

Ange said...

Looks awesome! I might have to try making one of these. Thanks for inspiring!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are great. Love the graphic design and the colors you used!

Spunky Junky said...

Wow! Your rug turned out so great! I have been wanting to paint a rug for quite some time and now you have given me some much needed inspiration!

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Halsey

At The Picket Fence said...

Love this and your tablecloth one as well! Great job.

Heather

Anonymous said...

Your dickblick.com link is broken :(

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