It’s no secret that I love working with drop cloths and have made quite a few things with it. As I look around the house it seems like it is in every room. And as I looked around I figured there are 7 ways to use drop cloth in the home. Now granted a few items went in the booth but they did end up in somebodies home.
Some things I made before I started the blog such as the valances in the kitchen. One evening I decided to whip them up before company came over the next day. I cut the material so I could use the existing hems and by bedtime, I had new valances.
The second project I made were napkins. I cut the drop cloth to size and frayed the edges. Then I dabbed on Fray Check to prevent further fraying. I sold them but I made placemats the same way. I use them with my shell print napkins I made for a summer table.
The 3rd project was the slipcover for the bench in the master bedroom. I was going to reupholster the bench but decided on the slipcover because my beloved cat, Andy would use it as a scratching post. As cheap as drop cloths are I knew I could sew another one if I needed to. Unfortunately, Andy is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting.
Number 4 is the Glorious Chair. That is the curbside find that was in rough shape. But I embraced its imperfections and made it Glorious. I decided to use drop cloth and stencil a French saying in gold for the upholstery. I used the original fabric as the pattern. I panicked and thought I cut it out wrong and cut a larger piece of drop cloth. I ended up stenciling both pieces. I used the first piece to finish the chair.
The larger stenciled piece of drop cloth became a pillow. It resides on the bed. When I was stenciling the material the paint spread a little so how could I sell it? I really like it. The gold stenciling and ruffle gives the plain and practical drop cloth a little bit of sophistication. And that is number 5.
Coasters are the 6th idea of how to use drop cloth in the home. I made 2 versions. One is the coastal look for summer. I put them in the booth and they sold right away. The other version is for ChristmasThe other version is for Christmas. I made a few sets and gave them as gifts.
The most recent project I did with drop cloth and the most ambitious is when I recovered the cushions for the wicker chairs that are in my sunroom. I love the new lighter look. I spray painted the chairs a crisp white. Now I need to get busy and sew pillow covers for the throw pillows.
The great thing about using drop cloth as material for projects in the home it is reasonably priced, durable, easy to work with and readily available. It also works in most decorating styles. So if you haven’t used drop cloth as a material it is time to jump on the bandwagon. And don’t forget to wash and dry it first. Then iron it. So if you are like me and use it for everything, what have you made?
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