Friday, December 31, 2010

Painted Floorcloth

I got the bug to make something yesterday - you know how that is, right?  I had seen a hooked rug in a magazine that was a simple geometric design - a rectangle with concentric stripes going around the outside edges - and I decided to do something similar for my coffee table - except I made it a floor cloth instead of a hooked rug.

Have you ever made one of these? Traditionally they're made of heavy primed canvas fabric, but I make them out of linoleum scraps that I find at the thrift store. Works for me!

Amazingly, I took a couple pictures as I went along, so I'll post those as a tutorial in a day or two if anyone is interested.

Hubby & I went to see Secretariat last night at the dollar theater - it was a good one!


Raymond Homestead said...

I've never made a floor cloth before. I've seen and heard about them. Using linoleum is a neat idea! Looks good!

bayrayschild said...

Hi Gayle!
Just popping in to wish you a wonderful New Year!

I want to try making a floor cloth one of these days.
I've got such a long list of things to try!
Yours came out very nice!


Joanne said...

Hi Gayle - I took an afternoon class and made one once - it was fun but probably won't do it again - the teacher was very patient with my lack of painting skills! Looks great!

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

That's a great idea! Looks great!

Lisa Mair said...

If you're looking for floorcloth-making supplies and tips, patterns and kits go to and click on "Make Your Own".

Lewaina@cliffsideranch said...

Are you kidding? I would love to learn how to make a floor cloth!
Happy New Year!
Looks way good BTW.

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Wendie Scott Davis said...

I made 2 room-sized floor cloths when my kids were small so that I wouldn't have to worry about spaghetti sauce meeting carpeting. But I LOVE what you have done here - it's the perfect thing to put under your "treasure bowl", which is also amazing. Happy New Year, Gayle.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
Happy New Year!
Tutorials are always welcome :)
Hugs :)

Julie said...

I would love to see a tutorial on your floor cloth--that is awesome. Also great idea to trade with someone--both projects look so good. Hope you are staying warm :) Julie

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

It looks great! I've always heard that floorcloths are not as hard as they look. To me, they look too hard so I've never tried it before. I've always envisioned big pieces for the floor but I could start out small for a coffee table like you did. I don't know about anyone else, but I would love to see a tut on it. Maybe I can try it this summer.