This is one of four floor cloths I painted for the home school prom. This year it had been used for four prior proms.
Don't tell my son I used this picture....he is now 22 and has a serious girlfriend, which isn't the one in this picture.
My floor cloth from my kitchen brought about some questions....so here it goes.
Sonja has suggested I have a business called Janette's Diamond Designs on a Dime....instead I will name this my Diamond Designs on a Dime post One.
- I painted my first floor cloth back in the early 80's during my country decorating style phase. It was 2'x3' and went in front of our fireplace.
- Floor cloths go back to the Colonial Days and are still sold and designed today...many are works of art...google floor cloth and you will be amazed.....mine have just been useful
- When the prom needed a floor covering to transform an area into a garden courtyard I began painting 10'x10' pebble-looking floor cloths. 1000's of prom attenders walked across these for years...I didn't seal any of them
- Another time when we had a home with a very large bathroom with cold ceramic flooring I painted a floor cloth to bring color to the room and cover the cold floor
- You can lay them on ceramic, no-wake floors...I would not suggest on wood or carpet
The following is how I have made floor cloths. You can find more extensive processes. I have never needed mine to survive for decades...even though mine never worn out I did finally get tired of them and threw them away.
- Purchase a drop cloth - the quality of drop cloths vary. I bought cheap ones for the prom...$10.00 a piece...I bought a better quality for my kitchen - Lowe's Blue Hawk, Canvas Drop Cloth
- I washed, dried and ironed my drop cloth before starting the project
- You seal the floor cloth - for the prom I didn't do this step...we were going for fast and cheap...now remember it still lasted for years. For my kitchen I didn't omit this step. You seal the whole size of the floor cloth with Gesso. Start in the middle and work out...the floor cloth will stretch some
- Draw your design on the dried Gesso - you can do complicated or easy
- Paint your design with Acrylic Paint
- I paint the back of my floor cloths with left over paint of any color...this seals the back of the floor cloth...again I didn't do this step for the prom...temporary floor cloth
- Turn over your edges and glue or sew down
- Seal the dried, finished floor cloth with clear Polyurethane - I paint a couple of coats
- You can use different items to keep the floor cloth from slipping on your floor...I have never had any problem with this and haven't added anything on the back of the floor cloth.
That is all, now enjoy your new transformed floor.
I am off to make one for in front of our fire place....may show you soon.