Friday, March 2, 2012

10 Ways to Use a Drop Cloth in Home Decor

Today I'm sharing with you 10 Ways to Use a Drop Cloth in Home Decor.  Maybe you've seen all, or some of these, before, but I thought I would provide you with some inspiration all in one place for some new project ideas.  Drop cloths are great because they're inexpensive, durable, huge, and versatile!  The possibilities are really endless of what you could do, but here are just some of the ways to incorporate them into your decor.

1. Drop Cloth Slipcovers

Inspired by many others who have used drop cloth fabric for slipcovers, I made these covers for my dining room chairs last summer.  They have held up quite nicely in the wash, and I love them!

2. Drop Cloth Grain Sack Cushions

These bar stool cushions make the perfect addition to a kitchen, especially if you're having trouble deciding on a fabric!

3. Drop Cloth Placemats


Jenna, from SAS Interiors, made some simple, yet elegant, placemats for her Christmas table.

4. Drop Cloth Shower Curtain


Traci, from Beneath My Heart, made a pretty shower curtain using a stencil and paint.  I love the clean, crisp look this adds to a bathroom.

5. Drop Cloth Thankful Tablecloth

Becca, from Blue Cricket Design, made this tablecloth for her Thanksgiving table using a drop cloth and a sharpie.  You could also make tablecloths for birthdays, Christmas, showers, and any other special occasion.

6. Drop Cloth Advent Calendar


My advent calendar is one of my favorite holiday decor items.  In all honesty, I never finished writing out the verses and activities for us to do during Advent, but trust me, by December 1, 2012, that will be done!

7. Drop Cloth Stenciled Drapery Panels

Carmel, from Our Fifth House, created some gorgeous drapes with stencils and paints.  Aren't they stunning?  You could also easily create a striped pattern using painter's tape.

8. Drop Cloth Ruffled Tree Skirt

Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, made a ruffled tree skirt out of a drop cloth and some linen.  Her tutorial can be found on  {If you've been hanging around here for awhile, you'll remember that I made one sort of like this out of canvas for my Christmas tree last year.  You can read about it here}.

9. Drop Cloth Pictures

Sharyl, from The Little Brown House, gives a fantastic tutorial on how to make art by printing directly onto drop cloth from your printer!  These prints are gorgeous and being able to print onto a drop cloth opens up a world of possibilities.

10. Drop Cloth Pillows

Beth, from Home Stories A to Z, inspired by Ballard Designs, made some gorgeous pillows out of a drop cloth for her front porch.  She offers a great tutorial on how to do this.

I hope this post has inspired you to be creative!  When you're out shopping for plants, paint, or just basic household supplies at Lowes over the weekend, grab a drop cloth and make something for your home!


  1. I was planning to reupholster a couple of chairs with dropcloths and I came looking for your post on your slipcovers...and voila--a whole post on dropcloths! Where can you find different shades or thicknesses? I've only ever bought them from places like Lowes and don't know where else to look for them...

    1. I've gotten them at Lowes and Home Depot, and have found two different types at both places, by accident! The packages were exactly the same, but one was much thicker and a lighter shade. I don't know the rhyme or reason for this, except to say maybe just look closely at the package. Others have found drop cloths at Big Lots. Sorry if that isn't too helpful!

    2. Thanks, I'll be sure to look at what's in the package more carefully next time, especially if I need matching fabric! Good to know=)

  2. I had no idea you could do this many things with just a drop cloth from Home Depot! I'll have to keep this in mind when we start on new house projects!

  3. Currently recovering two wing chairs with drop cloths. Total cost will be $40 dollars for TWO chairs (and that includes the two twin size mattress foam pads I bought to use for extra padding!). Definitely get enough for your entire project at the same time. There ARE differing shades, thicknesses and tightness of weave between various brands and even different shipments of the SAME brand.

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