Drop Cloth Style

As far as design goes, there are few things as versatile, durable, and utterly inexpensive as canvas painter's drop cloth— or poor man's linen as we like to call it in our house. Adding to the appeal, pre-hemmed edges mean many a good sewing-machine-free project. Here are a few easy re-purposings from Apartment Therapy... • 1.& 2. Drop cloth curtains. Finding ready-made curtains for high windows that don't float pathetically a few inches off the floor is not an easy task. Add a budget into the mix, and you're pretty much out of luck.* Happily, Layla & Kevin (picture 1) and Shauna & Stephen (picture 2), both of house tour fame, have solved the dilemma for us. I love how they look as equally fitting in Layla and Kevin's cozy cottage as they do in Shauna and Stephen's eclectic loft. Find out more about Layla's drapes on her blog, The Lettered Cottage.

• 3. Chair Covers. When Nicole and Colin were updating an inherited dining set to suit their own home, they opted for painter's drop cloth rather than a more expensive fabric to recover the previously silk floral covered chairs. With three young children, they wanted something durable, scrubbable, and inexpensive to replace if need be.

• 4. Upholstered Headboard. I love the look of slubby linen, but finding exactly the right color and texture at exactly the right (read: dirt cheap) price proved a bit difficult. Thankfully I had Nicole and Colin's genius budget chair project to inspire me, and off to the hardware I ran for some drop cloth. You can read more about my mantel-turned-headboard here.

We've also seen it used as a beautiful, worry-free table cloth here.

Bottom line: for casual, budget-friendly design projects drop cloths are a DIYer's best friend. Where have you used them?

(Images: 1: Layla Palmer , 2: Kristen Lubbe for Shauna and Stephen's Lively Loft , 3&4: Leah Moss)

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