Have you ever noticed what’s old in decorating is sometimes new again?
Kind of like stirrup pants.
A long time ago in a land far away we rented our first apartment. We showed up with a 12-piece place-setting of china, crystal stemware, enough silverware for a small hotel, a really nice coffee maker and stacks of towels…
…and an old iron bed my in-laws gave us.
We had to invent.
We had to make it all up as we went along.
So I found an old sofa and covered it with sheets and found a coffee table in the trash and painted all the mis-matched furniture that one no else wanted from the thrift store white…
….and painted floor cloths just like this and created rugs for almost nothing.
I just saw a high-end floor cloth similar to this for almost $500.
There’s no need to spend that when you can still paint your own for under $25.
Look no father than the flooring section of your hardware store.
They sell pre-cut sections of linoleum just like this between $19.99-$24.99.
You can find them in the back behind the rugs–all rolled up in plastic.
Just waiting to live life on the floor cloth Riviera.
Here’s the entire floor cloth so you can get an idea of the overall pattern I painted.
Two project disclaimers before we get started. The edges of the floor cloth are still slightly rolled up because it hasn’t had time to sit under eight encyclopedias yet…
…but you get the basic idea.
This is a super basic pattern.
I didn’t even make my squares into diamonds.
But you are so much fancier than me.
You can add a monogram in the center in a circle or add tiny squares in the border or add stripes to the middle instead of checks.
Once you have the basic idea, the world is your floor cloth oyster.
Here’s floorclothing 101:
1. Buy a piece of 6″ x 9″ linoleum from the hardware store flooring section (note: if you need a bigger rug, you can always have a piece cut off the roll, but it will be slightly more expensive).
2. Flip it over.
3. Prime it.
4. Let dry.
5. Paint the entire back of the linoleum white (or whatever you want one of your squares to be).
5. Draw out your pattern with pencil. Here’s a rough sketch of mine. The border is 10″. The inner border is 2″ and the squares are 12″ x 12″.
6. Tape off the outer border first. Paint it dark gray. Let dry.
7. Tape off the inner border next. Paint it black. Let dry.
8. Tape off every other square. Paint it light gray. Let dry.
9. Seal the floor cloth with water-based polyurethane. You’ll probably need two or three coats, just to make it extra durable.
Here’s one more look at the finished floor cloth.
Cutest-looking $25 ever.
Almost as cute as stirrup pants….
….and the blue eye shadow that went with them. 🙂
And now for some more tips and ideas from some of my favorite people:
On Sutton Place
Cedar Hill Farmhouse