Cozy Up Your Kitchen With This Simple DIY ProjectSpending more time indoors this season, I looked around and realized that the kitchen could use a cute pop of color, too! A cheery hue can make the space smile, and the fabric will save your bare floors in high-trafficked areas. Floor cloths are a popular alternative to area rugs, and they are durable enough that you could even put a larger one under your dining room table.Floor cloths were all the rage in 15th century France, caught on with the English in the 1700’s, and the early American colonies made sure they were on-trend at about the same time. Many colonists actually took the sails of ships, cut them up, and upcycled them into fun, fashionable floor cloths. Popular patterns at that time were geometric, squared and hand-painted. People put them under their table as “crumb-catchers”, but because of their allure, they also went on to be displayed in other rooms, like foyers, parlors, and elsewhere.Sure, you can find cute, handmade floorcloths on Etsy, but here’s a really simple DIY project that’ll show you how to make your own!
- Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ (we used Holey Moley & Ballet White)
- Amy Howard at Home® Clear Wax™
- Heavy Duty Floor Cloth
- Round Hogs Hair Brushes (3, or clean after every use)
- Cardboard Palette to offload Clear Wax™
- 400 Grit Sandpaper
- Stir Stick
- Cardboard Palette
- Painter’s Tape
- Disposable Cups
- Disposable Mixing Spoons
Directions*Turn One Step Paint™ cans upside-down, 30 minutes prior to painting. This well help the chalk pigments release from the bottom of the cans. 1. Open lid of One Step Paint™ (we used Holey Moley) with a can opener, and then thoroughly stir with a stir stick. Depending how well the chalk has settled, you may need to alternate shaking and stirring until the paint is mixed well.2. Pour Holey Moley One Step Paint™ into another container for mixing, then dilute the paint with about 15% water. Otherwise, the paint will be too thick for the project.
3. Dip your round hogs hair brush into the Holey Moley paint mixture, and then immediately offload some of the paint onto your cardboard palette. This will ensure that your paint won’t be too heavy.4. Apply 1 light coat of Holey Moley One Step Paint™ to the floor cloth, with complete coverage. Allow to dry about 30 minutes.5. Lightly sand your painted area using 400-grit sandpaper.6. When the first coat is completely dry, apply a second coat of Holey Moley One Step Paint™. Allow to dry 30 minutes.7. Evenly place your stencil over the dry, painted floor cloth, and tape it down with painter’s tape.
8. As with the Holey Moley, open lid of your second color of One Step Paint™ (we used Ballet White) with a can opener, and then thoroughly stir with a stir stick. Again, depending how well the chalk has settled, you may need to alternate shaking and stirring until the paint is mixed well.9. There is no need to dilute. *If you are using a tinted base: then pour Ballet White One Step Paint™ into another container for mixing, then dilute the paint with about 15% water. Otherwise, the paint will be too thick for the project.10. Stipple on one coat of Ballet White paint. Allow to dry (about 30 minutes) and remove stencil.11. Take a round hogs hair brush and dip into the Clear Wax™, but get just enough wax on the brush to cover the tips of the bristles.12. Use the cardboard palette to offload some wax from the brush. *Always offload - you should never go directly from the wax to your piece.13. Evenly apply the Clear Wax over the entire floor cloth, moving the brush in a “cross-hatch”, “X” pattern (not long, symmetrical strokes).13. Allow the wax to dry (45 min to 1 hour).14. Use a T-shirt rag to buff your piece like you would buff a shoe (in a hit-drag motion), in order to get that beautiful patina shine.Your new floor cloth will make any room pop, but we think ours looks great in a kitchen in front of the sink. It may look so great that you don’t want to even step on it, but the Clear Wax™ allows you to miraculously wipe away all footprints. It may also make a cute addition as burst of color in an entryway, or on the sides of your bed. Keep in mind, as with most rugs, you’ll want to put a non-slip pad under your new floorcloth. It’ll keep the rug in place, and make sure there are no slip accidents!I hope you’ve enjoy this project, and as always, Enjoy the Bragging Rights™!