Make a Floor Cloth From a Drop Cloth

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In the 're-do' of my laundry room, a runner was high on the list of needed items. However, after feeling like the failed prince in Cinderella with a rugs too dark, too light, too busy or too small, I did what any self respecting crafter would do...I made my own.
I started off with a 6' by 9' painters drop cloth that I purchased at Home Depot. I primed it with 2 coats of latex primer and followed it with 2 coats of latex interior paint that I had lying around.
Once the initial base coats were dry, I folded the ends over to 'hem' my drop cloth. I used my trusted piece of chalk to mark the fold edges and then I used double sided carpet tape to secure the hem
I had doodled a pattern on a piece of paper and used a pencil to draw that pattern on the floor cloth, then went over my pencil lines with white acrylic paint.
I did find that the white was too 'white' , so I went back over it with a 'beiged-down' and watered -down white to tone the white down.
Once I was happy with my design, I coated the entire rug with 3 coats of polycrylic. I opted for a water based sealant to avoid the yellowing that comes with oil based sealers.
Once the sealant was dried, I put the rug in my laundry room and stood back to love on it. This floor cloth was the perfect solution:

1. The size I wanted

2. The color I wanted

3. Can be easily washed. I knew I wanted a light color, which would not normally be a great choice for such a high traffic area. But since I can just wipe the inevitable dirt's perfect
To see what else I did in my Laundry Room for the One Room Challenge, check out my blog, listed below.
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  • Zanne Goldwire Zanne Goldwire on Aug 19, 2019

    What brand of double sided tape did you use?...after washing does the double sided tape hold up without coming undone? ... some previous projects I've done it came apart after washing, even on a delicate cycle.

  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Oct 08, 2019

    Very nice looking! I was intrigued by this project. Does the coating help keep it in place or would you need one of those under rug pads to prevent slipping?

  • Patti Whitten Allen Patti Whitten Allen on Jan 08, 2021

    Could this be made waterproof to be used outdoors?

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  • Mira Mira on May 31, 2022

    I love this simple but elegant... I want to make one for my kitchen and one to match in my dining room.... thank you for sharing

  • Granny92306 Granny92306 on Mar 18, 2023

    Great idea! And the creative possibilities are endless! I'm always looking for outdoor rugs in front of my door and making one with drop cloth will be perfect. Oh, my mind is spinning with the possibilities! Thanks for sharing.