Looking to liven up your room with painted floor mats? This easy DIY will show you exactly how to create your own pattern to match your room for under $25.
Don’t waste money on expensive custom-made rugs when this is such a more affordable option. Learn to make painted floor mats out of old pieces of linoleum to custom match your decor.
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.
It was all a little overwhelming.
That’s when I started making these painted floor mats.
They were easy.
Here’s how to DIY painted floor mats for under $25.
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 mismatched 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 farther 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 floorcloth 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 floorcloth 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.
How to DIY Painted Floor Mats for Under $25
Here’s floormatting 101:
1. Buy a piece of 6′ x 9′ linoleum from the hardware store
You can find these in the flooring section of the hardware store. They usually come in rolls of 6′ x 9′. Make sure to find a piece that doesn’t have a lot of pattern. When you are painting a floor mat if there is a lot of pattern then it will come through on the other side.
I usually like using the brick or small dotted pattern rather than one with swirls and raised faux tile.
(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 to make a painted floor mat
You want to make sure you are painting on the back of the floor mat. The back of the floor mat is a canvas-like material that is a matte surface that’s perfect for painting.
And then the floor mat will be super sturdy because it’s linoleum.
Make sure to trim off any slivers on the edge of the floor mat.
3. Prime it
Start with a layer of primer on this side of the floor mat.
Roll it on with a mini roller in a cross hatch pattern.
Let the primer dry according to the directions on the can.
Paint the entire back of the linoleum white (or whatever you want one of your squares to be).
This is the base color for your squares.
Always paint the lighter color first.
It’s easy to paint darker over light than the reverse.
Draw out your pattern with a 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 the outer border of the painted floor mat
Tape off the outer border first. Paint it dark gray. Let dry.
7. Tape the inner border
Tape off the inner border next. Paint it black. Let dry.
8. Tape the squares
Tape off every other square. Paint it light gray. Let dry.
9. Seal the painted floor mat
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 mat.
Cutest-looking $25 ever.
Almost as cute as stirrup pants….
….and the blue eye shadow that went with them. 🙂
PS I’ve pinned tons more ideas and projects like this one here.
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