Create a Floor Cloth Using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan & a Scrap of Linoleum

Sometimes when you cannot find the right floor cloth for a space in your home- you just have to take charge and make it yourself using the one and only, original Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

Check out this beautiful handmade floor cloth created using a scrap piece of linoleum from a local floor store and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan by our friend and customer, Stacey Goodspeed and her daughter Áine.  In fact, Stacey is such a fan of Annie Sloan – she helps us out at The Purple Painted Lady festival and other large events sharing her knowledge with customers.


Stacey and her daughter do a lot of creative things together.  This is Áine, in the photo – and she helped with this incredible transformation! 

She started out with a scrap piece of linoleum she purchased at a home improvement store…this is what the linoleum looked like before (not very pretty at all, but  Áine sure is!)  —>



Stacey started this project by covering the entire piece of linoleum with 2 coats of Cream Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. 

Cream Chalk Paint® is a soft buttery yellow.  She chose to use a roller to apply the paint to make it a little quicker and easier…AND so that she would have a smooth finish on her mat without any brush strokes! 


It is VERY important when rolling Chalk Paint® that you add water to your paint! You can add up to 20% water. This will allow the paint to apply smoothly and not pucker as the roller pulls away from where the paint was applied.  If your paint is too thick when using a roller, the result left behind could look a bit like “hammered copper” or puckered.

To prevent this- you need to use a foam roller – NOT a nappy roller like you would use to paint your walls with latex paint. Annie Sloan makes GREAT foam rollers that are available in a 2 inch size, as well as a 4 inch size!  The 4 inch size would be the recommended size for a floor cloth.


After rolling 2 coats to completely cover the linoleum, Stacey and Áine started using a stencil that they purchased from Michael s Crafts, to create the pattern. Annie’s Stencil Brush would have been the bomb to use though!

They used small artists’ brushes to paint the design with the Chalk Paint® colors Honfleur (the milk chocolate brown color) and Arles (the sunflower yellow color). It is important to make sure the stencil is lined up and is straight, so the pattern isn’t misaligned!  Measure twice before starting!

Check out the variety pack of detailed brushes made by Annie Sloan HERE!!








The pattern they used almost reminds me of a Mediterranean-style tile. 


To seal their floor mat, they needed something that would hold up and would protect the beautiful pattern from wearing away…so they chose Annie Sloan’s Lacquer! We ALWAYS recommend lacquer when painting floors with Chalk Paint®. Lacquer can be tricky to use….we have a very detailed post on how to use it HERE! BUT….I will go ahead and give you some of the highlights – 

ALWAYS use lacquer at room temperature – moisture and humidity can cause it to look hazy, rather than clean and crisp. 

NEVER over-brush your lacquer – this will also cause it to look hazy.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Note though, it is not recommended in areas where there will be a lot of water. So, if using in a bathroom, plan on toweling up wet floors so there is no standing water for long lengths of time. After it has dried, it is VERY protective and will hold up extremely well even on floor that are constantly being walked across.

Stacey’s floor mat should hold up for a very long time, which is good because it is so beautiful!   

Stacey shared with us, “This was so easy and fun to do!!!! It’s been 4 months since it’s completion and I am still in love with it. So easy to clean and it handles my 13-year-old and 10-year-old boys plus a party!

Another customer of ours, Beth Stark also loves to create floor cloths as gifts for her family and friends.  Here are some of hers:

If you do NOT have a local stockist- know that we are here for you!

If you place an order- be confident in knowing that The Purple Painted Lady has everything in stock! What does this mean in the end? With the team we have in place- your order ships the same day you placed it – Monday through Friday. (note however, this is as long as your order came in before 3pm EASTERN TIME, because UPS picks up our packages around 3:30pm)

XO~ Trish

Difference Between Annie Sloan’s “White” Chalk Paint® Colors

Which “White” Chalk Paint® Should I get???

If you have a local stockist – this is easy to determine.  Just visit them and see the colors in person!  Most will strongly recommend that you purchase your colors with confidence- since returns are typically not an option.  With that said- if you need to order paint on-line, it can be even a bit more intimidating since colors may look differently on your monitor. This can be due to either:

1. the quality of your monitor
2. the quality of the camera and lighting of who took the photo!

So, please read this post to learn more about Annie’s “whites” and then- call us if you are a customer of ours- and need more help with your purchase.  585.750.6056

I admit- I have yet to invest in an expensive camera. I use my “smart phone” to take photos. Compared to basic cameras purchased just 5 years ago- smartphones take higher resolution and better photos. But- truly- they are still not good enough. So, with that said- I would like to write a description of the colors below. Some of the information is my opinion, and some is based on how Annie Sloan herself describes the color.

I receive a lot of questions about the differences between the colors of Pure White, Old White and Cream Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

White differences The Purple Painted Lady Old Ochre Old White Pure White Cream 2



The color of a piece of white paper. Literally- plain old note paper. White…clean white. It is WHITE.
: )
Pure White Sample Board


This is the number one color that we sell.  Seriously- of ALL the colors we sell- the total of Old White is almost the same as all the other Chalk Paint® colors added together.  I think that is because it plays so well with all colors and it is not a bright, stark white.  Old White reminds me of the color of bisque pottery before being painted. It is the color of French Vanilla ice cream melted!  It is a soft white, but can have a very slight yellow hue if placed near other items that are yellow. Some customers would refer to Old White as cream- as a matter of fact.  Annie says it is the color of chalk and gesso, a soft white without pink or yellow in it. Of all the other paint colors we sell collectively at The Purple Painted Lady- we sell that same amount (if not more) in just Old White. It is the number one selling color in our shops, on-line and any furniture we paint in Old White sells immediately!
Old White Sample Board


Think French Vanilla Ice Cream! Seriously- open a container of French Vanilla Ice Cream- and this is what I see. It has a vanilla hue to it. THIS IS A SOFT BUTTERY cream…definitely has a yellow hue to it!!!  In my opinion- this has more yellow than a traditional cream.

Cream Sample Board with both Clear and Dark Wax



And since we are doing neutrals- let’s talk about Old Ochre. This is more like a very light khaki, or …. unbleached muslin. Or…some would refer to this as the color of oatmeal.
Old Ochre Sample Board

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*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
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