Painted DIY Kitchen Rug
Follow these step-by-step instructions and make your own painted floor mat from Kitchen and Bath Makeovers magazine.
Need a style boost in your kitchen?
Try this quick weekend project: Make a high-style, high-functioning floor mat. All you need is a sheet-vinyl flooring remnant (available at home centers) and paint.
Download our stencil to get the look pictured here, or simply apply these step-by-step instructions to your own perfect pattern.
- Using a combination primer-paint, roll on light gray paint with a 6-inch roller; let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry overnight.
- Download and print stencil. Enlarge image to desired size (ours is 15x24 inches for the main part of the stencil). Download the stencil here.
- Trace image onto stencil plastic using a fine-tip permanent marker. Tape pieces of stencil plastic together if necessary, using clear packing tape, to create a sheet of stencil plastic in the appropriate size.
- Cut out using a crafts knife on a self-healing cutting mat.
- Referring to the pattern shown, mark the floorcloth with a blue or green colored pencil. Laying out the pattern first on graph paper is helpful.
- To stencil, spray back of stencil with stencil adhesive, then position the stencil on the floorcloth. Pour a small amount of paint into paint tray, roll a 4-inch foam roller into the paint until saturated, then roll onto kraft paper or a paper towel to blot off excess paint. Roll the foam roller over the stencil without pressing too hard, which could cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. Allow the first coat to dry for about two minutes. (A fan is helpful to speed drying time.) Apply the next coat; let dry.
- Remove the stencil, then place in the next position and continue until finished. Stencil all of one color before moving on to the next. When the main images are completed, stencil the gray squares in the center of the blue and green images. Let dry.
- Add the line through the middle of the floorcloth by measuring a ¾-inch-wide line, then taping it off with 1-inch painter's tape designed for delicate surfaces. Roll on the dark gray paint; let dry. Apply another coat, then remove tape immediately.
- Touch up as needed with a flat artist's brush.
- Allow floorcloth to dry overnight before sealing with two coats of a good-quality water-base flooring polyurethane, the same polyurethane that would be applied to a painted wood floor. Ask your local paint store for suggestions.