Dropcloth DIY Projects


{Painter’s Canvas Drop Cloth Projects}

Today I’m going to show you what other crafty bloggers have been up to using a painter’s canvas dropcloth (yes, the same drop cloth one throws on the floor to catch paint).   Who knew that something so inexpensive could be SO beautiful!

For instance, check out what creations you can find when you visit Thistlewood Farms:

Gorgeous Ruffled Drop Cloth Curtains from Thistlewood Farms.
Gorgeous Ruffled Drop Cloth Curtains from Thistlewood Farms.

So, today for only $14 I purchased a 6′ x 9′ drop cloth from Lowes, and threw it on the dining room table…and wow, already something so simple offers such a big change.  And I haven’t even ironed it yet! I’d like to maybe stencil or paint the canvas itself, it softens the room instantly.  Excited about the possibilities and future craft projects ahead.

This is perfect for anyone trying to tweak their home decor budget without sacrificing on style.

So, all I really need is my sewing machine, some old pillows and some paint.  Hoping I can find some inspiration online these next few months while we save up for some major purchases.

Another project from The Little Brown House:

painters canvas drop cloth project
Sack grain pillow from The Little Brown House

How about this from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors?

From Funky Junk Interiors
From Funky Junk Interiors

Isn’t that entire ensemble fun?    Next, check out this amazing tablecloth from At the Picket Fence.  I am IN LOVE…and I think some fringe is in my new tablecloth’s future.

No Sew Fringed DropCloth from At the PIcket Fence

How many times have you walked right past these in the hardware store?   Now maybe you’ll be inspired like I am.

Try this for a pretty bedskirt:


Found here.

I love this idea, this is another project I can envision (after we build a pergola on the deck):


Found here.

Need to add some pizzazz?  Check out this version from the blog, Late January:

painters canvas dropcloth curtain

Want brighter colors?  How about adding other fabrics to bring in the color you need to balance out the room, just like Linda did, the author of the blog, “It All Started With Paint”.

From the blog, It All Started With Paint
From the blog, It All Started With Paint

I might buy stock in the paint canvas business…

I hope this offers you a bit of inspiration like it has for me.  Now I’m off to The Graphics Fairy’s blog to see what cool image transfers I might be able to find to put on my new tablecloth.



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  1. Thanks for rounding up pics from places I’ve never seen. I can’t wait to see your tablecloth. Btw – I’m thinking your site’s background would make a pretty awesome stencil…

    1. Thanks Dee! I have made my own stencil before, major hand cramps but worth it. I WAS just thinking of a blue stripe down the middle like an oversized ticking, still thinking this through like I am other projects. Weekend-only DIY isn’t nearly enough time for me to accomplish everything I want to do around here.

  2. It’s hard to believe all these beautiful things were made from a paint drop cloth! These are some seriously great creations. I can’t wait to see what you will do with yours. Thank you for sharing them all. :-)

    1. I know, right? I loved these projects, I’m still blown away at the quality of the fabric too, so many possibilities. Thanks for commenting, Asia. I see you’re making major progress too in your home.