1.26.2012

PROJECT UPDATE: PAINTED FLOOR MAT

Remember when I painted the interlocking foam mats last summer to use as a temporary area rug???  (See this post for a reminder)

Well… somehow, the project totally took off on Pinterest.  It’s been pinned and re-pinned like crazy.  Which would be great… except that the floor mats now look like this:

Blurg!!!  They have cracked like crazy!!!  This is from ‘normal’ wear and tear by the two boys. 

A few people have asked how the paint held up.  Um… not so great! 

Unfortunately, painting my foam mats wasn’t really worth the time and effort that I put into it.  My recommendation:  don’t bother trying this one!  I feel like I should email everyone that pinned this project just to warn them!  Eeeek.  Hopefully people are lazy busy like me, and rarely start the projects that they pin!

If you want to customize some kind of floor covering, I would recommend painting a regular rug, like I did with my chevron rug.  It is still looking fabulous almost two years later!

The chevron rug took less time than the foam mats, and the end product is far superior!  Here’s the original chevron rug post, if you want the full diy details.

21 comments:

  1. you know what, hon? I bet if you had just sealed it with a clear poly it would have held up. I don't think you should totally abandon this one, it was so clever!

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  2. I love it! Looks so great! Your space is amazing...

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  3. So awesome that you are showing everyone how it wore...on the positive flip side, your chevron rug looks ah-maazing...two years...wow...looks brand spanking new. And PS, LOVING The new look over here!

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  4. I wish we lived closer and could be friends in real life! (i may have mentioned that before ;-)!) I swear I "followed" you before on Pinterest, but I just followed you again and pinned the wallpaper from yesterday and your rug. I can't believe how good it still looks! Thanks for sharing, abby

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  5. oh boo.... I hate that it cracked like that. Your rug is still one of the best DIY's EVER!!!!!!!!! xoxo

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  6. Nice Post!! I liked the colours and designs of the different foam mates. I am thankful to get this information when i was searching area rugs

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  7. So sad that it cracked. It is a really awesome project. Boo.

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  8. I love this update!! Thanks for saving me the trouble. It looks so awesome, but yeah, maybe not in time... Too funny. At least now you can point them to this point, either on Pinterest or when they email you. :)

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  9. I love this rug so much! Its so brilliant! x

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  10. Your chevron rug is positively gorgeous! I would love a rug like this in my living room! The whole room is lovely Carissa! Angie xo

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  11. You know...Avon is selling nail polish that gives the crackled effect on your nails as your rug does!...It's still keeping up with the new style!!

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  12. Wow thats a bummer, its unfortunate, and you spent so much time on it. Did it have to do with the paint you used? perhaps using a rug next time? Ive heard people who used fabric paint to paint on rugs ended with great results.

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  13. This is sooo cool. I'm wondering if some fabric/textile medium in thepaint would stop it from cracking

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  14. i wonder if you dyed it instead like with Rit, if it would work better. you could pour couple bottles dye in roller pan for base. might be too translucent. might be expensive.

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  15. I was thinking about doing this except I was thinking about mod podging fabric to them.

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    1. I was thinking about the fabric idea also, did you ever try it?

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  16. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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  17. I have been using acrylic paint for awhile over 30 years. Loved this idea and the look of the rug featured in org. article. I knew the problem you were going to run into. You can't paint acrylic on rubber like products without it peeling. If you paint on rubber maid type products you will see what I am talking about the next day you can just peel it off. I am not sure if any paint would stay -maybe a spray paint that goes on plastic. But I sure don't want to smell that stuff. Neat follow up to a well executed design. I do agree with one of the posts here, that cracked look might be cool if executed to deliberately look cracked in the end.

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  18. Thank you so much for the update on the foam flooring. I loved the idea of the project, but suspected cracking might be a problem. You just saved me a lot of time and energy!! - ChrisE

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  19. Hmmm, the crackling can give a nice look if the design suits it!

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