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grammagoose
Farmgirl in Training

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sandy
exeter rhode island
USA
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Posted - Feb 20 2006 :  07:11:39 AM  Show Profile
I did start a new topic and put it in the reading room! Not too good with high tech stuff, sorry! But I will try to put it in the proper place this time! Does anyone make floorcloths and would you share instructions?
Thanks again,
SAndy

Libbie
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Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
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Posted - Feb 21 2006 :  11:01:03 AM  Show Profile
I don't mean to sound TOO naive, but what are floorcloths? Do you mean floor cleaning cloths, or rugs?

XOXO, Libbie

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grammagoose
Farmgirl in Training

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sandy
exeter rhode island
USA
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Posted - Feb 22 2006 :  08:12:01 AM  Show Profile
Sorry! Libbie, the floor cloths I was refering to are made of canavas, painted with any desisn/stencil whatever, and covered with polyurethane. They are than places on the foor and last for years. aa cheap and practical way to decorate our homes. Hope this helps!
Sandy
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Libbie
Farmgirl Connection Cultivator

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Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
3579 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2006 :  2:20:27 PM  Show Profile
Wow - they sound really neat. I don't know that I've ever seen one, and I don't have information on how to make them, but they sound like they could be lovely!

XOXO, Libbie

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Mari-dahlia
True Blue Farmgirl

269 Posts

Marianne
Hoosick Falls New York
USA
269 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2006 :  2:49:01 PM  Show Profile
Sandy,
I have made one before but I am not sure if I actually followed any directions. I bought the canvas and cut it to alittle larger than the size needed. I then primed it , painted with the background color I wanted. The design I did was an allover vine, leaf and berry design. My husband helped with the leaves, we used acrylics for this part. I then finished with 3 coats of poly. I used oil based for everything except the primer and the decor.
I think I got most of the info from a decorating show on HGTV. The one with the lady and guy fom Minnesota.
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abbasgurl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Rhonda

USA
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Posted - Feb 23 2006 :  9:14:56 PM  Show Profile
Sandy,
There are directions and patterns for these all over right now. Marianne gave the basic instructions. Only thing I might add is to paint a layer of artist gesso on your canvas to give it a nice surface to paint on (you can find this at any craft store). I'd maybe roll that on. You can use acrylic or oil paint-oil is nicer for blending colors, but does take time to dry. If you use a floating medium (also found at craft stores)it will help acrylic paints blend & dry slower. Probably the most important thing is to finish the cloth with several layers of polyurethane varnish. It is really important that you put at least one coat of high gloss varnish over the paint. This will make it durable. Whatever it is that makes it shiny is also what makes the surface hard. I know it's ugly, but you can go over the high gloss with a matte or low gloss varnish on the final coat or two to reduce the shine.
Floor cloths were really popular in colonial tims so there are a lot of neat designs out there from that time period. Maybe do a web search to see what you like. :) Good luck Sandy! Hope you'll post a picture of your finished floorcloth!
Rhonda

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Edited by - abbasgurl on Feb 23 2006 9:16:04 PM
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LJRphoto
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Laura
Hickory Corners MI
USA
760 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2006 :  8:30:52 PM  Show Profile
I hope this isn't inappropriate to mention this here, but Martha Stewart has instructions on her site for making canvas rugs right now. I'd also suggest getting pre-primed canvas. It will cost a little more, but you would have to pay extra for the gesso anyway and I believe you'll end up with a flatter, smoother floor cloth. I'd like to put one in my kitchen, but I have so many projects still to do that I'm resisting adding anymore supplies for projects I can't get to.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain

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LJRphoto
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Laura
Hickory Corners MI
USA
760 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2006 :  9:13:25 PM  Show Profile
Hey! I'm having one of those lightbulb, need to say it outloud moments! I have an UGLY staircase and not a big budget right now for beautifying my house. I was thinking of finding someone to make a rag rug runner to help hide it but I think that would probably be expensive (does anyone know?). Would a painted canvas runner work on stairs or might it be too slippery?

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain

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sugarsfarm
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Leah
Woodward Iowa
USA
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Posted - Mar 09 2006 :  9:47:16 PM  Show Profile  Send sugarsfarm an AOL message
Im not really sure what the surface would be like since ive never actually stepped on one before, but i saw a kit for floor rugs at Michaels today and I thought of all you ladies on this forum. AND they came in differnt colored canvas, i thought they were very neat and i plan on making some when i move to a bigger house. But laura i think the stair runner is a great idea!

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sqrl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Melissa
Northern California
USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2006 :  11:30:35 AM  Show Profile
Well I've made a couple of floors cloths. Not many instruction though. You need canvas and acrylic paint. I can try to ask any question you have though.
Laura they're a little slippery, may not be the greatest thing for steps.

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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2006 :  12:03:47 PM  Show Profile
Couple times of television I saw them making floor cloths using scraps of vinyl linoleum. It was so easy, you use the BACK of the linoleum, prime it, paint and put your design on it and then coat with a couple of coats of poly. This way you don't have to hem the edges just cut to size.

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JennyWren
True Blue Farmgirl

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USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2006 :  4:40:55 PM  Show Profile
I was thinking couldn't you put some non skid rug tape on the backside to keep it from being slippery? I love the idea.. but can envision myself flying through the air. (I am a total klutz)

How are the floor cloths as far as keeping them clean? I think something like this would look great in a bedroom, but in my kitchen.. I think it wouldn't last too long. My kitchen seems to be the hub of the entire house, with so much traffic I think I would ruin it. :( Unless there is something that could be put on it so it would withstand near daily washing. ???

Take care,

Carla...

If you treat an individual as what he is, he will stay that way, but if you
treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.
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abbasgurl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Rhonda

USA
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Posted - Apr 04 2006 :  10:06:46 PM  Show Profile
I think a floorcloth would be too slippery on a stairway. In our old farmhouse we had a wood stairway that I stripped the ugly varnish off & then painted a neat "runner" down the middle. You could also paint the "kick" a neat color and stencil something cool on it. Would that be a solution?
The Pre-primed canvas is an excellent idea too!
Not sure if you have priced rag rugs or runners, or if you have a friend who weaves. I'm a weaver...we used to sell runners by the inch and they got pretty pricey. I know, something made of RAGS, seems crazy!
Rhonda

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CabinCreek-Kentucky
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Frannie
Green County Kentucky
USA
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Posted - Apr 05 2006 :  05:41:53 AM  Show Profile
i'm with rhonda .. i wouldn't put a canvas floorcloth on a stairway ... might be hazardous. i have made them .. but it wasn't all that much fun .. just got a book on them and want to try it again though! they can be BEAUTIFUL!

True Friends, Frannie
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Nancy Gartenman
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nancy
West Seneca New York
USA
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Posted - Apr 05 2006 :  07:54:23 AM  Show Profile
I would go with the painted stairway, I have seen them and thay can look really nice, after you paint them just put a sealer on.
NANCY JO
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LJRphoto
True Blue Farmgirl

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Laura
Hickory Corners MI
USA
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Posted - Apr 05 2006 :  08:19:25 AM  Show Profile
Just paint the stairway? Or use the cloth? I suppose I could paint the stairway to look like it has a runner on it. That could be a fun project.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain

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Libbie
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Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
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Posted - Apr 05 2006 :  08:28:35 AM  Show Profile
We have a painted stairway that I LOVE - one thing that has helped, because our stairway is over 100 years old and STEEP, is that we purchased some pumice/sand to put in the paint that is on the actual area that you step on on each stair. This makes cleaning them a little bit of a challenge, but they are much less slippery. I have still taken a good fall on them and it hurts WAY more than a fall on carpeted stairs, but I do love how they look and feel. Because of that fall, however, I can strongly recommend putting some sort of texture on the actual stepping "places."

Ours are just painted plain, to match the walls, but painting a runner on them would be so cute! What a great project! My mom painted a "rug" on her outdoor porch and it's just darling. It really looks great...

XOXO, Libbie

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Horseyrider
True Blue Farmgirl

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Mary Ann
Illinois
1045 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2006 :  12:36:02 PM  Show Profile
I would think it would work to use canvas if you use those little brass holders.

I'd never heard of canvas flooring, but once I went with my daughter to tour a historic home in her town. Breathtaking turn of the century three story home, and they had this kind of flooring in the children's summer bedroom. It was so awesome; the room was screened on three sides, and had this floor, and three small beds in it. The restoration of this home has been exceptional. The family contributed back much of the old furniture that was there when it was at the height of it's glory.

You can 'tour' the house too, if you like a little eye candy. http://www.ellwoodhouse.org/
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Duchess
True Blue Farmgirl

109 Posts


Iowa
USA
109 Posts

Posted - May 15 2006 :  09:49:34 AM  Show Profile
Hi Jenny, I am thinking that the surface you walk on will be slippery and that would be the danger.
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Originally posted by JennyWren

I was thinking couldn't you put some non skid rug tape on the backside to keep it from being slippery? I love the idea.. but can envision myself flying through the air. (I am a total klutz)

How are the floor cloths as far as keeping them clean? I think something like this would look great in a bedroom, but in my kitchen.. I think it wouldn't last too long. My kitchen seems to be the hub of the entire house, with so much traffic I think I would ruin it. :( Unless there is something that could be put on it so it would withstand near daily washing. ???

Take care,

Carla...

If you treat an individual as what he is, he will stay that way, but if you
treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.
-- Goethe
www.jennywrensurbanhomestead.blogspot.com/


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Duchess
True Blue Farmgirl

109 Posts


Iowa
USA
109 Posts

Posted - May 15 2006 :  10:15:19 AM  Show Profile
I just googled floor cloths and canvas rugs and found tons of ideas. The first one was from the Matha Stewart site and she has detailed instructions and pictures. There were also some sites that gave the history of the floor cloth. Very interesting and I think I have a new project (just what I need,lol)
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Alaska farm girl
True Blue Farmgirl

123 Posts

dorothy
skagway Alaska
USA
123 Posts

Posted - May 15 2006 :  9:45:08 PM  Show Profile
www.dickblick.com(an artists supply catalog has a book on making floorcloths.I know you can get paint with sand in it,maybe you can use that as a way to keep the stairs from getting too slippery.
I had the library here order it and people have gotten on interlibrary loan.I do know you need to buy the heavy cotton canvas and prime it first with something called gesso.
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sugarsfarm
True Blue Farmgirl

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Leah
Woodward Iowa
USA
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Posted - May 16 2006 :  10:36:19 PM  Show Profile  Send sugarsfarm an AOL message
gesso is a glue usually made of materials like plaster or chalk. Its for making the canvas smooth so it wont show the texture of the canvas. It also makes it easier to paint on. You can actually make your own gesso, im sure there are intructions on the internet somewhere. Its really easy to find though, wherever there is painting supplies, like at Hobby Lobby. I hope this helps!

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Phils Ann
True Blue Farmgirl

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Ann
Parsonsburg Maryland
USA
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Posted - Jun 09 2006 :  09:03:16 AM  Show Profile
Carla, I made a couple of floor cloths which are in my kitchen. I tried using non-skid material that you squeeze on (from Michaels) and it caused a wear pattern to form along the top wherever the material was squeezed. This happened within a week. The same thing would happen with the tape- you'll always have a worn strip there. My solution was to buy very flat rug pads-- the vinyl type--dime store stuff, and cut them to fit. There is still a bit of slipping, but not to the point of danger. However, I agree with the advice above that it would be really dangerous on a stairway. The polyurethane does an excellent job of waterproofing. They're easily cleaned with paper towels or rags. I clean them with a sponge whenever I clean the wooden floor underneath them, and lots of quick times inbetween, usually with windex, as it's close at hand. Soapsuds from the sink works well, also! Gradually there is a wearing of the surface, and the experts advise to add more polyurethane. Personally, I like the old look, so haven't worried about it.
Ann

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OregonGal
True Blue Farmgirl

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Chris
No. IL
USA
510 Posts

Posted - Jun 10 2006 :  9:07:07 PM  Show Profile
Mother Earth News has an article "Make Colorful Rugs" - Enjoy beautiful, easy-to-make floorcloths in
the June/July 2006 issue....if you are interested.

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Georgia
True Blue Farmgirl

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Angie
ballwin mo
USA
92 Posts

Posted - Jul 20 2006 :  08:58:31 AM  Show Profile
I've seen the floorclothes made from scrap vinyl flooring and they were beautify. No heming and you can cut them into many shapes to fit in difficult spaces. You just paint with water based paints on the back side and seal them with poly. It's a great way to use left over pieces.

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