This dropcloth rug is a beautiful and simple Aztec wonder. It is created simply from a dropcloth and paint. It isn’t difficult, at all. Time-consuming, yes. But, not difficult. YOU can do this. For sure!
I painted a dropcloth and used hand made sponges (these are just sponges cut into geometric shapes. YOU can do this!) to create my own Aztec inspired design for my soon to be made-over Dining Room (to see the finished room go HERE).
Dropcloth Rug Supplies:
- dropcloth (choose one with a plastic underside)
- sponges (plain ol’ kitchen sponges will do just fine)
- paint (you won’t need a large amount. I used the sample sizes from Dutch Boy. Try to have 3 different colors for the accent and 1 base color)
- roller (if you choose to use one for the base coat)
- paint brushes ( you can use the cheap sponge ones, if you like)
- clear sealer (I will use this spray sealer when the weather warms)
Note: You do not need to use a specific kind of paint. Outdoor or porch paint will hold up the best but you can absolutely use interior paint. If the rug turns out amazing (which it will!) and you do not it to be ruined EVER then think about spraying a clear coat on top of it. It will withstand traffic and washing so much better.
Instructions for dropcloth rug:
1.Iron the dropcloth as best you can.
Don’t worry too much, many of the wrinkles take care of themselves when you paint. Just get the worst offenders out, if possible. Most dropcloths come folded up in the package. Those folds need to be taken out as best you can.
3. Paint the base coat.
You will need 2 good coats of paint before you get started with your design. Remember this will be the base for your rug. Be sure to choose the color you are using as the main foundational color of your design. No need to let them dry in between because you are just soaking the fibers with paint. It won’t seep underneath because of the plastic underside. But, be sure to let them dry well after the 2 coats are applied and before you put in your design.
4. Cut your sponges.
I used multiple variations of triangles. And a small square. Use what will work for what you are trying to achieve.
With this type of design I found it’s best to go with a basic, geometric shape. You will just build basic shape on top of basic shape on your rug. Keep it geometric and orderly. Or, perhaps you have a plan and are going to go crazy. Go for it. It’s YOUR rug!
5. Use a pencil and lightly draw guidelines.
Give yourself a basic idea of where to put the stamps. It doesn’t need to be detailed. Just an eyeball. It’s hard to “undo” paint. Being a bit prepared and planned will save you time in the long run!
6. Apply stamps.
I worked bit by bit. I did the pattern in order (section by section) rather then one color at a time. It was just my way of being sure I didn’t mess up as badly. But, do what feels right to you. If you mess up, cover it back over with orange paint, let dry…try again.
When you have your pattern and everything dries..seal with a clear sealer. Note…I still haven’t sealed mine and it is holding up lovely!
This is the part that allows you to use whatever paint you want or is on hand.
Be aware that this rug is more of a “floor cloth” in texture. Not a true rug. For many places in your home it is perfect. In your mud room you can just sweep this off and not have to pull out the vaccuum. You can make a beautiful “rug” for under your dining room table that can be handle food and use with ease. But, I want you to know that it doesn’t have the feel on your feet like a traditional rug would have.
Here is my dropcloth rug in its new home, underneath our antique round table, and fabulous new chairs from Lamps Plus. I can’t wait to show you all the Dining Room Makeover …you won’t believe the difference!
–did I say how much I love these chairs? I love them. Seriously…they are the coolest thing in my house! I can’t thank Lamps Plus enough for them. Big ol’ giant squishy hug!–
Other great project that you can do with dropcloths:
- personalized kid’s curtains
- pillow covers
- table linens
- birthday banners
- picnic tablecloths
Yes, I was given compensation and/or product for mentioning Lamps Plus. As always, I only talk about or work with a company I believe in. And always, I tell you the truth. No lies!