Well, we are plugging along here; thankfully with much less drama than last week. Flora avoided all poisons and my phone continues to limp along. We made the trip to pack up Kate and bring her and all her possessions home from college for the summer. And…of course I continued to work on my laundry room for the Calling It Home One Room Challenge. As a recap, I changed out the countertops, refinishing them myself; painted the walls and added some art. And can I just tell you how glad I am to not have to see those green walls when I come and go?! For this week's installment of the One Room Challenge, I decided to make a floor cloth from a drop cloth as the search for a suitable runner was proving to be fruitless.
One of the key elements of my plan was a rug to cover to a good portion of the tiled floor. This room is the room that we enter and exit our house, 99.5% of the time. As such, several years back I chose a dark grout to that wouldn't show the wear (and o.k. let's just say it…the dirt) that was inevitable. While the tile and grout have served their purpose, it has proven difficult to find a runner that coordinated well with them. I mentioned in the last post that I felt like the Prince in Cinderella trying on all sorts of runners in the room. They were either too dark, too light, too busy or too small. The tile, being so geometric, made me think I wanted a rug that was less so…more free-flowing. So, what's a crafter to do when she can't find what she needs? Yea, she makes one. So that's just what I did…I made a floor cloth for my laundry room using a drop cloth and paint.
What You Need to Make a Floor Cloth from a Drop Cloth:
- Heavy Duty Canvas Drop Cloth, mine was 6′ by 9′
- Latex primer
- Latex/Acrylic paint in the colors of your choosing
- An acrylic sealer. Acrylic is less likely to yellow than an oil-based polyurethane. I used Polycrylic .
- Assorted paint brushes and rollers
- 2-sided carpet tape (The tape in my roll was about 3″ wide, so I cut it in half vertically)
How You Make a Floor Cloth from a Drop Cloth:
- This was the second floor cloth I've made. For the first one that I made several years ago I purchased the gessoed cloth, but this time I decided that I could prime the cloth on my own. After much research, I purchased a Heavy Duty Canvas Drop Cloth from Home Depot and went to town. The one I purchased was 6′ by 9′, which allowed me plenty of room to tailor the size I wanted.
- After I washed and dried it, I primed the drop cloth with several different brands of previously opened latex primer that I had in my garage (another plus of this project was the modest depletion of partially opened cans of paint…less to move). I applied 2 coats of the primer and then let it dry. Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of an interior latex paint that I also had on hand.
N&N TIDBIT: a box of chalk is something I always keep on hand. It comes in handy on so many occasions when I need to make measurements or marks that I want to completely disappear after they've served their purpose.
- The next step was to ‘hem' the rug. I turned under 1 1/2″ all the way around. I marked the fold with chalk all the way around, turned the rug over and then began to fold, using the chalk guide. You can use a variety of methods to secure this ‘hem'. I found that 2-sided tape works the best.
- Once the paint was dry, the real fun started…the design on the ‘rug'. As I said, I wanted a design that tended more organic/free flowing rather than geometric. Basically, I just started doodling and came up with a design on a piece of paper which I then transferred to the canvas with a pencil.
- I then went over the pencil markings with some all-purpose white acrylic paint. Here's a quick little video set to a jaunty tune showing some of my floor cloth doodling.
- I loved how it looked, but when I put it in my laundry room, the white was just a little ‘too white'. I yanked it back out, mixed up a very watery white that had a little more tan in it and very lightly went over the original white. I did not try to hide the white, I just ‘de-whited' it a tad. Although this picture didn't turn out great, you can see the added tan on the right side of the photo.
- Once I was happy with my simple design, I sealed the whole rug with 3 coats of a polyacrylic sealer.
You know I'm a big believer in Kismet, things happen for a reason.While I had initially planned on purchasing a rug for this area, the floorcloth really proved to be the better option.
- I was able to make it the exact size I wanted
- I was able to tailor the colors to just what I needed.
- Any rug in this room with be subject to much wear and tear. I wanted a lighter color rug, but a white fiber rug would not have been practical. This floor cloth can easily be wiped off or mopped as needed. And when the day comes (which shouldn't be for a long time given the 3 coats of sealer) that it is beyond salvage, it won't be the end of the world as I have only invested $24 in this rug ($13.98 for floor cloth and $8.97 for the 2-sided tape).So there you have it. Week 5 IN.THE.BANK…mic drop! I really am glad that I decided to make a floor cloth from a drop cloth. It proved to be a low labor and minimal time demand project (unless you count waiting for paint to dry, which I don't because if did that would be ALL I ever did). And so you ask, what's in store for Week 6? Well, I'll be organizing the cubbies and putting the finishing touches on my laundry room; and because I am me you can be sure it'll involve painting something.
Be sure to check out all the other great bloggers showcasing their talents at the Calling It Home One Room Challenge. The weeks have flown by, but I am thrilled that I actually have a finished room at the end…that rarely happens. In fact, I still haven't repainted the chandelier from Kate's room remodel 4 months ago!
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