I've had a lot of questions recently about my Painted Canvas Rug I made for my screened porch last year. Some of you have been wondering how it's holding up, how do I clean it, etc. So, I thought I'd post some answers AND show you the new one I just made for my front porch.
I made my new one following the basic guidelines I used for my first one. Click here to read about that one & see how easy it is to make one for yourself!
For my new one, I had a hard time finding the same 10 oz. Heavy Weight Drop Cloth like I used before, so I ended up buying an 8 0z. cloth, cutting two pieces (approximately 50" x 70") and sewing them together for extra thickness.
Then, I ironed it out to remove wrinkles, prepared the lines, & painted.
I used craft paint again (Anita's Acrylic in "Hay"), thinned down with water. Once again, it only took one 99¢ bottle for the entire rug!
When the canvas gets wet with the paint, it sometimes tends to draw up & pucker a little, so you may need to use a scrap piece of canvas as a pressing cloth to protect your iron, & re-iron after the paint dries.
At this point, you may choose to spray or brush on a clear poly coating for extra protection. I did this on my first one, but decided to try this one without.
And one other thing I did to this one was to add a border of black with this belting (not sure if that's the correct name for it, but that's what I call it!). And I didn't even bother sewing it on, I just used my handy hot glue gun, and it worked perfectly.
Now my porch is changed up a little for summer, and I'm on the lookout for just the right table to make it complete.
And to answer your questions, my first one from last year has held up just great. It looks just like it did when I first made it. I do keep it inside the screened porch, so it is somewhat under cover. I'm curious to see how my new one does since it will have a little more exposure to the elements.
As for cleaning, I have cleaned my first one a few times now by taking it out on my driveway on a sunny day & scrubbing it with a deck brush & a bucket of soapy water (I use laundry soap). Then, I let it dry flat in the sun.
If you have other questions about painted canvas rugs, let me know & I'll see if I can help! And if you make one for yourself, I'd love to see it!
I'm linking up my new rug with a few of these fun parties!