Iron Orchid Design Transfer and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Floor Cloth HOW TO

You may recall a post we did a while back where Stacey and her daughter shared a step by step on how to paint a floor cloth. Well, I have another good friend and her name is Janet. She is a modern day Renaissance woman. Seriously, there is not much she cannot do! She is also a professional artist. You can find her on Facebook or on Youtube. She is always painting for others but she recently painted her whole dining room and it turned out so beautiful. Now, she is sharing her beautiful floor mat she created using Iron Orchid Design’s Transfer called Winter’s Song Wreath and it turned out so gorgeous, we just had to share this too!

Janet is going to break this all down for you in easy steps you will want to do yourself.


First, using a piece of vinyl floor covering, (pick up a remnant at your local linoleum store or big box store…you often can get them for free) Janet base coated the mat with Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint®. She applied two coats of it.


After letting that dry overnight and the paint has begun to cure, she then placed the Iron Orchid Design’s Transfer called Winter’s Song Wreath on to her painted floor cloth. Using the tool that comes with the transfer, using a rubbing motion, she transferred the design onto the painted floor cloth. Notice how the acetate that the transfer is packaged on for safe keeping has a grid pattern on it. The grid pattern will not transfer, but it is there as a tool to help you align the transfer for placement better.


Using artist grade acrylics, she began to color in all of the florals and greenery. <Annie’s Detail Brush Set is perfect to use for this finer type of painting.>

Janet started lightly with washes and slowly built up from there. She wanted to give the flowers depth and a three-dimensional appearance. She used acrylics on her floor cloth, but she has used Chalk Paint® before and it worked fine. <the only difficulty when using Chalk Paint® is that it dries so fast, you will definitely want to add water to thin it out so it acts like a watercolor paint> Otherwise, it won’t give you enough time to play with shading and highlighting.

For some added design and interest, she painted green and pink stripes on the edges. You can tape off your stripes or just paint them freehand. It’s personal preference at this point. She let all of her color dry and start to cure overnight.


After letting all the color set overnight, prior to applying her topcoat, Janet used a sticky lint roller to remove any dust or dirt particles on the surface of her floor cloth. This is a very important step, because you don’t want any of that debris in your final varnish coats. You will be surprised and can see in the photos that even though an hour prior Janet had cleaned it, by the time she was ready to varnish, there was more debris. If you choose to use a brush, she would recommend a good varnish brush with some softness to it. You do not want a stiff brush that will drag on your surface. That will leave brush marks.


The next day she applied with a 2 inch foam roller, Annie Sloan’s Clear Matte indoor/outdoor Finish, for protection. <feel free to apply Annie’s Lacquer in all random directions. The more random the better.>

Now she has a pretty work of art for her floor!! What I love about these transfers and stamps offered by the IOD sisters, Sally and Josie Celio Iron Orchid is that even if you are not an artist and can only draw stick figures, you can still create beautiful florals and other designs for your home decor or your business.

PS…Because I know you guys will ask, yes vinyl and canvas floorcloths are extremely durable and clean up with a damp rag and water. When I owned a shop, I had quite a few on the floor that got walked on daily for five years. They held up beautifully.

And, If your piece of vinyl is not non skid, then you can use the unique double sided tape they sell for this purpose. This is one example.

Another point….vinyl and canvas floorcloths are NOT to be used on top of carpet.


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