Floorcloth ???? What on earth is that?
These are questions I heard from my family as tarps and fabric were sprawled from the front door to the dining room. But what they didn’t know is that the madness had a method. 🙂
And the method resulted in a floorcloth that will drop bright colors to the patio floor by overlaying a neutral (AKA drab) area rug.
But only for the summer.
I got this wild idea when I spied this awesome fabric on clearance earlier in the year. It’s the kind of fabric that covers outdoor cushions and is literally called “outdoor fabric.” It’s heavier than most fabric and has a protective coating that is water repellant. But more on this in just a minute.
For first, let me explain why I choose to go this way with the color. You see, I have a neutral rug that looks super cool in the fall with throws and pillows that are covered in heavier fabrics. It’s the perfect color and I really didn’t want to make a change.
So in order to use the same rug, but have a pop of summer color on the floor, I decided to simply layer a floorcloth over the rug. I thought the flexibility of going summer to fall would work great for us since we get to fully enjoy all four seasons.
And thankfully, I did manage to carry one color through to both seasons. Aqua. My beloved aqua.
And with this said, here’s how I made it happen.
Floorcloth Step 1:
Gather outdoor fabric, a tarp from the paint section of the home improvement store, duct tape, and spray adhesive. If you think you may want to polycoat the final product, then grab some polycoat (spray-on or brush), too.
Floorcloth Step 2:
- Lay out the fabric and make sure the cut is straight across both ends. If not, then it will need to be cut straight. This is called squaring the fabric. If more info on this is needed, click here for the detailed post I wrote about it.
- Once the fabric is squared on both ends, lay the fabric over the tarp. I also cut off the edges and smoothed out the wrinkles on the tarp.
- Then the fabric was secured to the tarp at one end with tape.
Floorcloth Step 3:
Spray the adhesive on the tarp and immediately smooth the fabric to contact and adhere to the tarp. The trick is to only spray and stick small sections at a time. I creeped across the tarp about a square foot at a time. Notice, too, the wrinkles in the tarp. These must be smoothed out as the fabric is adhered.
Floorcloth Step 4:
Once the fabric is adhered to the tarp, the excess tarp may be cut away from all four edges of the fabric. Note, to protect the floor, a blue tarp is under both the fabric and the tarp used as the backing. At the very bottom of the photo (below), the cutting away of the backing tarp is pictured.
Floorcloth Step 5:
Duct tape was added around the edges to bind the floorcloth. Notice the duct tape is layed-out on the floor sticky side up. Then the fabric/backing combo is pulled to the middle of the duct tape and pressed to the tape.
Half of the tape was adhered to the backside and the other half was adhered to the topside.
The result is a floorcloth that measures 76-inches long and 56-inches wide. I used two yards of fabric. And the floorcloth will layer over an 8-foot by 10-foot rug.
In the month of July, the DIY Furniture Girls Challenge Theme is Outdoor. This means one big outdoor project is underway. The floorcloth is the first piece. I guess you could say that I’m building from the bottom up……LOL.
But for now, two additional thoughts. One, the wrinkles in the tarp are beginning to fully relax. I believe that by the time the floorcloth is staged at the end of the month, it will be totally wrinkle free. And two, if outdoor fabric is used, additional poly coat may not be needed. However, I did brush one coat of polycoat on the top of the fabric after the floorcloth was assembled. I’ll let you know how this works out.
I do hope you will follow along with this month’s outdoor projects. In the meantime, if you’d like to see more about how the white table was refinished, the link is right below this photo.