Monday, January 12, 2009

Floor Mat Part 1

Yesterday I started on my new floor mat for the hall. I found a piece of linoleum at Home Depot. Doesn't matter what the front looks like, it can be ugly, you won't see it. I try to find something with lines or squares, I use that as my guide when cutting, and this stuff cuts super easy. The piece I found was a 6' x8' piece for $21.00. The first thing I did was cut it to the size I wanted. Now prime the back of the linoleum. Next I measured out my design. I can't draw, so I have to use shapes that I can measure.
Next I use painters tape and tape around the edges I'm going to paint.
Then I start painting. And this step is very important. For my first coat of paint, I paint it the color of the square that is next to it. This way if anything bleeds under the tape, you won't know it because it is the same color. After the first coat has dried I then paint the color I want the square to be. See how sharp my lines are? This is because my first coat of paint sealed the tape.
When the painted is good and dry, move on to the rest of the squares. This takes FOREVER!
Now all of my darker beige is done. At this point I have about 4 hours in this mat. I have to stop now because I used all of my painters tape. I will let this dry a day or so before I tape the squares next to it. Now I'm off to the store to get some more painters tape, I'll try to update later.

7 comments:

Connie said...

Wendy, Your are too talented ! Those floors look so good.
I am halfway done with my mirror frame and need to go out and get more velcro. It really is coming along well. Thanks for the ideas, and I'm glad you don't mind if I copy some of them.

Olive Rue said...

That turned out fabulous and you make it look so easy!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Wendy,
This is exciting!
You're so good at making these.
I can't wait to see the results of your work.
They are fantastic looking!
~Melissa :)

Karla said...

THANK YOU for posting this! I was showing my husband your other mat just last night! Brilliant idea! Can't wait to see what you're going to make this one look like!

~ Karla

Momovthree said...

Nails, yikes!!! That is my biggest fear, that they will start taping things on the walls. Hopefully this will help with that. Hailey has a memo board and the art line to put things on. I need to come up with something for Ella's room but her room is really limited on wall space.

What type of paint are you using on the floor mat? Anything special or just regular latex paint?

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Ooohhh! I like that. I can never seem to get the tape and paint thing down.

Screaming Meme said...

Okay...Now I get it! As soon as I get a chance I'm going to make one or two...or maybe even three...:) Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! It is so inspiring! :) Meme