I knocked another item off of my to-do list from earlier this summer. You may remember the floorcloth I painted for my sister last Christmas. When I bought the canvas for that project, I ended up with enough to make three of the size I made Andrea’s. I figured that I’d do something with the extra eventually, but I haven’t touched it since last December. A few weeks ago I decided to stop procrastinating and start working on a welcome mat-sized floorcloth for myself.
Jessica from How About Orange had just announced some new, beautiful fabric designs at the time I was staring at newly bound and primed floorcloth waiting for inspiration to strike. If you can’t tell, I loved the rectangle and dot pattern of her “Boardwalk” print, so I set out to create my own design inspired by her fabulous fabric.
After painting a couple of these now, I can see why people can charge so much for them. A quick ebay search had them priced anywhere from $50 to over $800. I’ve seen small welcome mats in shops for over $100. If I were to sell this one, which measures about 22″ wide by 46″ long, and charge for my time, I’d have to sell it for a million dollars.
One night I spent several hours measuring, cutting, ironing, and binding it. The next night I spent about three hours priming it with four coats of paint. The next night I laid out the design which took another couple of hours. Then a week of painting every night, six coats of polyurethane, and you’ve got yourself a serious labor of love.
I do love the way it came out, and once Luke will allow himself to actually step on it, I think it’ll make a great welcome mat. I was considering making a couple more of these small rugs for Christmas presents, I guess I better get a move on.