We don't have an heirloom dining table or even an expensive one for that matter. But we like it quite a bit and hope to hold onto it for a long time so we're always happy to find more ideas for ways to protect it from the exuberant eating style of our young son. Along the lines of the oilcloth tablecloth, Eren has a fantastic idea for covering her table using a plastic-backed painter's drop cloth.
Eren came upon this idea sort of accidentally. Her original plan was to use canvas drop cloths over a layer of plastic, but when she opened the drop cloth package and discovered the fabric was already plastic-backed she thought, "eureka"! Her added embroidery and appliqued birds elevate the look a bit and lend it a homey touch. This is such a smart idea and, did we mention, cheap? About $12 for two drop cloths which she sewed together.