So lets talk about what you need to make this drop cloth rug and how to make it as well:
- Drop cloth with nonskid rubber backing
- Fabric paint or acrylic paint. You can add fabric medium to your paint if desired. I dont think it makes a big difference on a project like this
- paint brushes( I used my square Zibra paint brush and it worked perfectly!)
- large ruler (I use this one) .
Okay, let’s talk about how easy it was to make this drop cloth door mat.First, you need to decide what size you want. I did a 48 inch by 30 inch size that will go at my front door. I plan to layer it with a brown natural fiber outdoor rug, that will be more for functional since it’s outside. I measured and drew lines where I needed to cut. I used my large ruler to do this. Once it was cut, I quickly hemmed it on my sewing machine. Since I was using drop cloth, two sides of the rug I cut were already hemmed, so I only had to sew two sides. If you didn’t know, drop cloths come hemmed on all sides, so it makes it really easy to transform it into a project. Once I had it hemmed, I ran a quick iron over the top, being mindful of the rubber underneath. I just wanted to get some of the fold lines out of it. Next, I decided what pattern I wanted. I knew I wanted to attempt a plaid look, so that it would go with my fall decor. There are plenty of inspiration pictures on Pinterest that can be a great guide for designing your floor mats. I found an image of a plaid that I liked. It had some blueish gray tones and a bit or orange and brown. I went through my paint supply and found what I needed. This is where it gets tricks…. Painting plaid onto a drop cloth rug may seem like quite a task, but if you break it down into steps, its really quite easy. I will try to explain as best as I can. I laid out my rug on my kitchen counter. I then started with some wide vertical and horizontal stripes. I used my Frogtape for this. I love that it prevents bleeding! I created wide stripes and a thinner stripe with the same tape and painted the wide ones grey blue and the thinner ones an orange. I used a dry brush technique for this. This means that you dip your brush in paint and then brush off the excess before applying it to the dropcloth. This gives you a weathered look, and prevents any puddling of paint. I did not want solid lines, since plaid patterns do not have solid colors either. I then removed the tape and added more going horizontally. I started with the blue horizontal lines, and then added the orange ones. I made them smaller than the other orange lines because I did not want a ton of orange, and if you look at many plaid patterns you will find that they have a variation of thickness of lines…but they have repeating pattern to them, so keep that in mind. The last thing I did was tape of and paint thin brown lines to break up the other two colors. Since I am dry brushing this rug, the paint dries really fast, so I was able to move to the next step without waiting for the paint to dry. And thats all. After I was done, I let it dry completely. You can add a clear coat to protect it. I sprayed mine with a waterproofing spray. It really was fun to make. I topped my painted dropcloth plaid rug with a natural fiber rug that could be a bit more functional. This way people have a place to clean their shoes. It also looks really cute with my painted rug. And how perfect do they match my peaches! I tell you I have peaches coming out my ears! But thats okay because I can use them as decor! Well, I feel like my porch is starting to look ready for fall! Slowly but surely I will get there. I cant wait to show a few more of my fall decor ideas for this year! So, what do you think? Would you try this out? Make sure to share this with your friends!
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