I'm happy to report we've been making more great progress on Madeline's room! I've scoured the internet in search of the perfect rug to grace the floor in there and I had no luck. I found a couple that I liked but even if we could afford them, they were so expensive I wouldn't dare let Madeline walk on them, much less make them the center of her play area. Then I happened upon this tutorial. She takes a tablecloth she found on sale and turns it into a floor cloth for her daughter's room. Awesome. And so I started looking everywhere for tablecloths I liked. No luck again.
Two things you have to know about me. One: I often times get grand ideas of what I want (especially in relation to aesthetics and design) and I have a hard time settling for anything less. Two: I have an oversized creative gap. In other words I sometimes have a hard time transporting these grand ideas from my head to the medium in front of me.
I woke up one night with a design for an amazing floorcloth. It was a vision, ha. I felt certain I could make it happen. So we ordered two and a half yards of wide, heavy duty canvas. And I began. And it sucked. It was so ugly, extremely time consuming and an overall disaster.
So we regrouped. I painted over the entire canvas with Behr Southern Beauty. Much to my surprise, two coats covered my hideous mess. Then I found a free template for a cardboard stencil here, at Jones Design Company. And thus my beautiful floor cloth had an identity at last. It's far from finished. I'm only a couple rows in, and the whole design will need another coat (at least) but I'm really really happy! It's been a great project. After I'm done painting I'll cover the whole thing in water-based polyurethane. That'll protect it from sticky fingers and juice spills.
The last step for me anyway, will be wrapping it around a cheap rug from Ikea. A friend of mine suggested that for a little cushion and I love the idea. I'd originally intended to put some no-slip mats under it, but the rug will be the same price and overall better. Plus I can reuse the rug if I ever want/need to.
I think that about sums it up! Wordy. Sorry. It's not a tutorial, but I did want to give credit where credit is due and explain why it's taken me so stinkin' long to make some progress.
What do you think?! :)