Monday, August 30, 2010

DIY::::Cheerful Cherry Vinyl Floorcloth

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Unroll the vinyl, and place it face down on a work surface. Use kitchen shears to cut off any ragged edges. Prime the vinyl with two coats of latex primer, and apply two coats of beige paint, allowing each coat to dry.

*****Good To Know: Because you will need a large workspace, consider painting your floorcloth where it will be placed. Lay contractor’s paper under the edges of the vinyl to protect your flooring.

2. Use painter’s tape to mark off a 6-inch-wide border, placing the tape outside of the area to be painted. Paint two coats of dark brown in the border, allowing each coat to dry. Remove the border tape.

3. Download and print the lattice template from the column at right. Use it as a guide to tape off the pattern. Place a small piece of tape in the middle of the areas that will remain painted beige. Paint two coats of light blue in the lattice pattern, allowing each coat to dry. Remove the tape.

4. Download and print the single leaf, leaf and stem, and cherries templates from the column at right. In each diamond shape, place the templates together to create the cherry pattern, and then trace with a pencil. Use hobby brushes to paint two coats for the leaves, cherries, and stems, allowing each coat to dry. 5. Apply four to five coats of polyurethane using a waterproofing brush. Allow each coat to dry.


1 precut vinyl sheet (6- x 9-foot, #190473)
1 quart of latex primer (Valspar, #164759)
paint (Valspar Signature Colors,  Luxury Linen CI151; Leather Chair CI64; Peaceful CI20; Lily Pond CI241; Cherry Pickin’ CI221; satin)
1 quart of polyurethane (Minwax, #45888)
touch-up and trim roller kit (#144282)
cabinet-and-doors roller kit (#144257)
waterproofing brush (#84405)
5-piece hobby brush set (#105657)
painter’s tape (1-inch, #40998)

Tools You'll Use

kitchen shears
tape measure

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