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DIY Painted Foam Play Mat

2.27.2013

I pin a lot of things.  And I have grand plans to complete oh 85% of them.  But somehow that does not happen and my pins just sit there looking pretty on my boards.  Maybe even mocking me a little bit.

As part of the Pinterest challenge over at Young House Love, Bower Power, Decor and the Dog and The Remodeled Life I decided to change that.  I probably should have chosen a faster project, or at least one with less drying time.  But thanks to two blizzards and days off work, this one got done.

DIY Painted Foam Playmat

Carter needed a play mat for his playspace.  And it needed to be indestructible.  And easy to clean.  Not to mention attractive.  Finding nothing that fit the above criteria, I decided to DIY.  

I was inspired by this…

(originally posted at Design Sponge)

The basic how-to is pretty simple.  Buy a cheap foam play mat, prime the non-bumpy side and paint with acrylic paints.  Finally seal with a couple of coats of polyurethane.

Easy and quick if you decide to make a large scale design with a couple of colors.  Small triangles on the other hand took a while to paint.  Especially since it took multiple coats to achieve color saturation.

But it was easy to paint while I was watching TV and somewhat relaxing to do- triangle after triangle after triangle.

In order to draw out the design, I used my sewing cutting mat to make a template out of cardboard of a 60 degree angle.

I drew straight lines on the primed mat-

DIY foam mat

And then used the template to draw in the angles.  My triangles are approximately 5 inches.  I mismeasured at some point and my triangles got a little jacked up in the middle.  I figured out my mistake, but did not want to re-prime and re do all my lines so I decided to channel my inner Tim Gunn and “make it work”.

DIY foam mat

I did not use tape to paint the triangles with the acrylic paint, so my lines are not perfectly straight but I like it that way as I think it looks more hand-painted.  At least that is what I am telling myself because it would have taken forever to tape.

DIY foam mat

Three coats of gloss polyurethane later, we have this.

DIY Painted Foam Playmat

All ready to be played on.

 DIY Painted Foam Playmat

In the basement play space that almost gets no direct light for decent pictures.  Especially when there is two feet of snow outside covering the windows.

DIY Painted Foam Playmat

DIY Painted Foam Playmat

The play area has had some other projects go in it, but I waiting until everything was done to blog about the space.  The rug was the last one, so that should be coming up.

So how does it hold up?  It has not cured the complete 24 hours as instructed but has already held up to books being dropped on it and a rousing game of stacking and knocking down blocks.  Before the poly went on, it seemed like it would crack easily.  But with the poly it seems a lot more pliable.  I will keep you posted. For now it is a hit.

And I am not painting triangles for awhile.

Some Changes

2.22.2013

Hello there!  Notice anything different? It may looks like the blog has been quiet for awhile, but I have been putting a lot of time spiffing it up a bit.  And burying out of snow.  Which helped with not having to work and spending time in front of the computer.  Thank you mother nature.

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Anyway my tutorials up above are now nicely organized and set up in way that I can easily update.  So that will actually happen.  And I have some new graphics on my sidebar which will hopefully make navigation easier.  Not to mention that I think they look nice.

I have learned some things through this re-design other than I don’t have any clue what I am doing with Photoshop.  I also took bad pictures in the past.  And I have made a lot more quilts than I realized. (So many they even have a tab on the top now.  And when you click on it  you will pictures and links to quilts.  It is oh so cleverly titled “quilts”).

I broke down and joined Instagram.  I did not want to do another social media avenue because, in addition to sucking at Photoshop, I suck at things like posting on Facebook.  But I have to say after a week or two, I am loving it.  My link to my Instagram account is over on the side (and right here) as well as my Pinterest account (and right here).

Not to mention that things look a lot different as well.  So if you are in a reader, pop on over when you have a minute.  If for nothing else than to laugh at my picture I took of myself in the mirror on the side bar.  I will let you in on a little secret.  The background on that one?  My incredibly ugly and untouched pink bathroom.  Good things I have mad Photoshop skills.  And a sense of irony since this is a DIY blog.

Anyway I hope you like it and I hope to be back soon.  I have tons of things to post.  In addition to all the pretty changes, I have a new organization system that helps me keep track of it all.  I live so dangerously.