Paint a Floorcloth on Linoleum

Got an ugly floor?  Here is a budget friendly way to pretty it up. Paint a floor cloth on Linoleum.

Paint a Floorcloth on linoleum, so much easier than on canvas.  No hemming and with the right finish it is easy to clean.

Tuscan Floorcloth painted on linoleum

Back when my kitchen was in the Tuscan colors, I painted this floor cloth to add a bright splash to an otherwise plain floor.
I used a piece of linoleum remnant from a local flooring supply and cut it to fit my floor space.
(Home Depot and Lowes also carry linoleum remnants)
I first rolled on a base with a creamy color of exterior latex paint.
(I had read somewhere that the exterior works better as it has more flexibility but any satin, eggshell or flat latex will do)
I taped off the yellow border with painters tape and rolled on the yellow.

hand painted floor cloth on linoleum

I taped off another thinner stripe for an inner border of red.
floor cloth painted on linoleum

I thought that would be enough for a border and sketched in some veggies and fruit that matched the Tuscan color scheme.
I let them come out over the borders.
For the veggies and fruit I used regular bottle craft acrylics.
floor cloth painted on linoleum

I decided after adding in more details on the veggies that the red border needed to go all the way around so I added it in, again taping it off and just filling in.
For the red border I also used a regular bottle craft paint.

Tuscan Floorcloth painted on linoleum (6 of 7)I added fly specks with a toothbrush and inky paint, and added some shadowing to both the border and the veggies to give it depth.
Tuscan Floorcloth painted on linoleum (7 of 7)

It still was a little too plain so I added in the trailing leaves.
Once it was dry I finished it off with a few coats of Semi-Gloss Exterior water based Varathane Spar Urethane.

Once that is dried and cured it is easily cleaned with a damp mop.
Not only is this good for a kitchen or dining area but it will also work on a porch or deck.
Fairly inexpensive and fun.
I haven’t priced remnants lately but that is your biggest expense, the paints I had on hand for other projects.
I want to paint another soon and am brain storming a pattern.
In the future, I do plan to do some tutorials on painting fruits and veggies, probably with video.

Sorry I never took a photo with this in place on my floor and I have long since given this away.
But I will be sure and photograph the new one.
I do hope this sparks some ideas on easy and fun, plus durable floor cloths.

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19 Comments

  1. I love this. What size was this? I would like to do something like this for my kitchen.

    1. This one was 6ft by 9ft, but I cut it to size. I cannot remember what size the original remnant was.

  2. I have a friend that did one of these once and it was in her kitchen for a few years. It always looked great! Clever idea! #Be.You.Tiful

    1. It is a fairly easy way to dress up a floor, and can be exchanged out if you change the color scheme of your kitchen. I am so glad you stopped by!

  3. How absolutely gorgeous! I am all ears! I am looking forward to seeing you make the next one. I have seen these before but instead of painting you use material and protect the fabric with the same poly protection. If I can acquire enough basic painting skills I would love to paint one. How personal is that? Made to order.

    1. I have tried the floor cloths on canvas but they tended to curl at the corners on me, and the hemming was rather a pain. The back of the linoleum was so much easier, which made it more fun.

  4. Pamela, the floor cloth is marvelous – fantastic painting – I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

    1. I had a harder time getting it to lay flat and hemming it was a pain on canvas so I really like the linoleum much better as you said.

  5. I love your blog but when I try to subscribe, it tells me I already are subscribed but I never receive any of them. Is there anything you can do on your end to help? Thank you.

    1. Strange, I just read something similar on another blog that this was happening to them and they had to switch their delivery services. I will look into one that I have had my eye on but have yet to switch to. It is on my list. Thanks for letting me know.

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  7. Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed…Love your floorcloth. Beautifully done.

    1. Thank you, Monique, it was a very fun project and I have another piece of linoleum to do another but different one. I need something in my dining area to spruce it up.

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