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  •  ? so, if you paint the whole cloth surface it (5+ / 0-)

    becomes water-tight? doesn't get damp and moldy? how does this work, PLEASE? we have done one piece of sort-of floor cloth, with iron-in fabric paint, but it wasn't an all-over design.

    we tiled the bathroom when we cleaned it up and the tile is nice in the summer, but COLD in the winter.

    what will the floor surface underneath the floor-cloths be?

    Oh, and if you want a very nice (simple/organic/home-made/inexpensive) beeswax floor wax, let me know; I have it mostly written up but not on-line yet.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:54:12 PM PST

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    •  I do! I do! Can I see your beeswax recipe too? (3+ / 0-)
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      I have a teeny tiny log cabin, circa 1973, and the floors are wonderful, worn-down soft pine and the polyurethane is gone except for the edges and I was thinking how much I would like to be able to use beeswax and care for it naturally.

    •  I'd love your floor wax recipe, thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      Below the floor cloths will be the original wide-board pine floors.  

      Canvas floor cloths are the forerunners of linoleum, and were very popular because they were decorative, watertight, and saved wear-and-tear on the floors.

      Today's duck-weight canvas works well.  The surface is sized, then painted, then finished with multiple coats of shellac and tacked into place.  Often the surfaces were stylized flowers or stencils, although marbleized finishes were also popular.

      The cloths are watertight, but you can't let water sit on them for any length of time, or the shellac will whiten.  Some modern artisans use other varnishes like polyurethane, but the limitations of them are that they lose flexibility.

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      by DrLori on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:56:58 AM PST

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      •  Try this product: (1+ / 0-)
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        by Yasuragi on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:15:11 AM PST

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      •  hokey-doke. (1+ / 0-)
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        think I'm gonna post it as diary. I keep shooting off my mouth about it, 8-), so if I tag it right, I shouldn't have to keep writing it up.

        wow, appropriate, intuitive tags for this kind of thing mostly do NOT already exist! I am surprised, because I thought Noddy's Survival diaries would have covered this territory... aha! got a good one!

        There are these:
        sustainable living
        beeswax
        household
        all natural

        But I'm going to have to create these:
        beeswax floor wax
        floor care
        floor wax
        natural household
        organic household
        hardwood floor
        low VOC

        So take a look for any of those tags if you miss my opus on the diary list, 8-)  Probably Monday would give me enough time to get everything integrated...

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:48:33 PM PST

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