6 Sensational Uses for Oilcloth

6 Sensational Uses for Oilcloth

Jason Loper
Oct 4, 2010

I've noticed that there's one subject that keeps popping up in a lot of my posts — oilcloth. I simply adore oilcloth for its many, many uses. In fact, the durable, colorful fabric has become my go-to choice for many household projects. Herewith, a collection of 6 uses for oilcloth.

  • Make an oilcloth storage cube. Making your own storage cube means you can create one in whatever size you need. Whether you need one cube for office supplies or several cubes to line a shelf, here's a how-to for making for you own.
  • Cover a wall in oilcloth. I used faux bois oilcloth to cover the walls in my office closet. Oilcloth was incredibly easy to work with — I simply stapled it to the wall — making it an appealing alternative to wallpaper.
  • Use as shelf liner. Because oilcloth is waterproof and easily wiped clean it makes wonderful shelf liner. I used gingham oilcloth to line my shelves. It gives the inside of my kitchen cabinets a pop of color while also protecting the shelves from water damage or food spills.
  • Make an oilcloth laundry bag. Similar to the storage cube, this hanging laundry bag is a novel way to collect dirty laundry when there's not enough room for a hamper.
  • Restyle a table or chair. If you find yourself with a table or chair that is still sturdy but lacks in the looks department, consider covering the top with oilcloth.
  • Make outdoor pillows. Fall may be upon us and thus limiting our outdoor activities, but that's no reason to pass up making outdoor pillows. So maybe you won't get to use them until next spring. At least you'll have something to look forward to over the long winter months!

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