Monday, July 28, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday

Everyone is just so baffled by my brilliance with names aren't you? First it's Fat Friday now Tutorial Tuesday. How do I do it? LOL. Come on admit it you are so interested in what I'm going to post next you are just sucked right in. I know I know. LOL. I know you are all saying where in the heck does this girl live does she have no life that she sits and thinks about this stuff. The answer well........... (enough with dots already) No!!! I have no life are you happy I said it. Just kidding.

So as promised and by request by Kim at Simple Needs I'll give you a list of what we'll need to make a floor cloth. My way is not the only way and may not be the right way, but this is how I do it.


For the cloth/linoleum floorcloth you will need:

a piece of linoleum remnant(My Mom gave me the scraps from her bathroom because I told her I would paint my own rug on it. Needless to say she just shook her head and handed it over.) Check at a carpet store or we have a place called Odd Lots which sells small pieces. If you have a piece rolled up lay it out flat in sun for a few hours to make it more pliable and lay smooth. OR

A piece of heavy weight duck cloth (If you want to attempt a big one Lowe's has their painter drop cloths that work wonderful and the hem is already sewn in or you could cut out the size you want from one.) Make sure it is the cloth kind. You can also purchase this duck fabric at Wal-mart or Jo-Anns. I know duh Mary we know that! You could also buy a preprimed and hemmed floor cloth piece from several places online. If you need the name of any please let me know.

Paint- I like to keep all paint from projects I've done. Whether it be painting the walls, furniture, or whatever I use these paints. They are all latex paints. Easy clean up with these. Paint brushes and I like to use a small roller and pan for the base coat it goes on much quicker, but it is up to you.

I use a lot of blue painters tape.

A ruler for straight lines on borders.

Stencil if you'd like or for those who can freehand even better.
(If using a stencil you will need regular stencil paint like Delta or Apple Barrel or whatever you use).

Polyurethane I use Minwax

Optional: A gel stain of your choice. I happen to have Chestnut so we're going to see how it turns out. I haven't used this color before. This is to age your cloth if you choose but not necessary.

I know I'm weird, but I like to have a drop cloth for under my project, so I use an old shower curtain or go buy one for a couple bucks at the dollar store. Wait til I show you mine. There is a ton of paint from many projects on it. LOL.

The technique is a little different from linoleum to fabric. So bare with me when I try to explain both at the same time. This should be all we need to get started. If I think of anything else I'll let you know ASAP.

Several things I've done. I am by no means an expert in floorcloth making or painting on fabric. There are many other people out there that know much more than me. Like I say this is the way I do it that I will share with you.

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Step #3
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Love all the projects you have done so far...have all my supplies...anxious to get started.

Nicole said...

Those are darling, I love it. I can't wait to see how you make them!

This Country Girl said...


Hmmm....I think that's very interesting and I might just have to try making a floor cloth sometime! Thanks for that lesson!


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Super Cute Mary! Love them!
I like your Tutorial Tuesday idea!

This simple Life said...

I will be waiting for the rest.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

I may have to try this one of these days. It's something I have never done before. I usually dabble in a lot of things, but doing one of these seemed hard until I read your directions. Thanks!

Elise said...

Your family must all have six-packs. You make me laugh almost every time you comment. My friend is the one who's hands are in the pictures. I am directing her and I am taking the photos.
We had the same idea for TT.
Can't wait to see more!!

Jill said...

Love the tutorial :)

Raggedy Angel said...

I never thought of using the painters cloths.....I think I see a new rug for my living room
Thanks! Beth

Shirlee said...

Darn it, I just tossed a small roll of lino a couple of months ago when we had a bin here. I was thinking that a small one under the cat's dishes would be nice to have since they're slobs.
Your tutorial is easy to follow and your floor cloths are very nice. The long one in the hallway looks like a lot of work.
Loved the pictures of your home on the slideshow. I think you should send them to Country Sampler.

Leslie said...

Somehow I totally missed your post yesterday! I love your floor cloths :) They really seem so simple to do! ...Well, that's one thing I have learned about painting over the last 9's pretty much all the same technique and if you keep using it, you can basically paint on anything. They make all these special paints for special surfaces and normally all you need is possibly a little primer, paint and a a sealer :)

Now I want a floor cloth! But where would I put it? LOL

Great work and thanks for sharing :)

simple~needs said...

i got everything but the vinyl. will get some by friday!! thanks soooo much for posting all the supplies!! you are wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

Goodness Mary~~~
You know we sell floorcoverings! Wished we lived near one another, I would give you a bunch of remnants~~~
I saw one of these floor cloths you had posted elsewhere, and see more now on your blog. They are beautiful~~~
Debbie -3daughters~~~