Dot to Dot

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”. 

When I was a kid there was a comic book character named Dot. True to her name, everything she owned was covered in polka dots. She loved them that much. Dot popped into my mind the other day when I realized there was no reason on Earth my kitchen floor shouldn’t be polka dotted, if I wanted it to be. This is a picture of my flooring.

Needs a little something to perk it up, don’t you think?

One nice thing about doing polka dots is you don’t have to do them all at once. However many you have time for in a day, do those, and walk away. Another nice thing is that you can get a new look for your floor without going to the expense of an actual new floor, something a lot of us are concerned about right now.

Okay, so my floor is fifty-four year old vinyl. You might think there’s some special paint you’d need, but I’m using regular acrylic paints, just like you’d use for most crafts.

Choose your paint colors, and decide how big you want the polka dots to be. There are at least two methods to use to get nice rounds. One is to draw around saucers, lids, jars, etc., and then paint in the circle. Another is to cut a circle stencil, and use a roller or stippling brush to paint the color in one step.

My daughter-in-law cut a large circle in a vinyl placemat, and used the mat as a stencil to do this in our granddaughter’s room, which was actually the inspiration for my floor:

For my kitchen floor, I chose to go with multiple sizes and colors, and also do some overlapping.

I liked the look of some of the floor’s pattern showing through the paint, so I opted not to put on a second coat. Where circles overlapped, I painted the overlapped areas in the color you’d get if you mixed the two colors together.

Here’s a shot of the kitchen’s entry, showing what I’ve done so far. I’m really liking the way it looks so far, and hope I know when to stop!

After painting on the color, and letting it dry, it’s important to put on a clear, protective coating. I use Duraclear.

The stuff is amazing. I’ve coated painted rocks with it, put them out in the yard, and had the paint stand up to the elements literally for years. Without that coating, the paint is going to scuff and wash off, with it…well, just be sure the floor is really clean when you paint it on, because any dirt under it is there forever. On the plus side, so are your dots!

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

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