Who knew? I mean…really…who knew the many uses of drop cloths? Certainly not me…the girl who ran to a retail store for every last thing! There have been many unexpected bonuses in our move to Franklin, but I never thought drop cloths would be one of them!
The things you can make from drop cloths are unbelievable and I was first introduced to drop cloth magic by my friend Kim Leggett. You know her from City Farmhouse and fabulous Pop-up Shows. Seriously…fabulous! Who knew you could use drop cloths for curtains? But check out how they look in Storybook Cottage in Leiper’s Fork, one of Kim and David Leggett’s design projects.
At the end of this post I’m sharing some of my favorite drop cloth projects, but this past weekend, I discovered one more use that’s saved my sanity!
Y’all have met my dog, Sassy. It’s a bright light in our home and we adore her. I also have two cats…Baxter and Emmie. All of my pets are rescued. Today, it’s about Emmie and how a drop cloth changed everything.
Emmie is a purebred Persian and she’s quite something! She’s very small because she wasn’t cared for properly. But she’s still quite something with her BIG attitude. She was the only female in a litter of 8 kittens and she was the runt. When I got to her she was 7 weeks old and weighed 6 ounces and she had already been spayed. (Humans are not always intelligent.) But I fell in her little face and brought home with me.
She’s traveled across the country like a trooper and shs adjusted well to her new home..and today she’s almost 3 years old. But Emmie has started using my down comforter as her litter box! Not good. But she’s a part of the family so something had to be done. We love her…but I don’t like her new behavior.
My husband decided to put a plastic tarp on our bed – a bright blue plastic tarp. Kind of clashes with my taupe, white and cream bedroom. We thought it would keep Emmie OFF the bed..but NO…she LOVED the tarp. We felt like we were sleeping in a bag of potato chips! (She did not pee on the tarp.)
The first time I removed it…well…you know what happened.
I couldn’t live with a blue plastic tarp…but what to do? Ahhhh… try a Drop Cloth! Here’s what I did…
Measured the bed…went to Lowe’s…bought a drop cloth almost the exact dimensions of the bed…bought a super thin piece of plastic and some fabric softener. Washed the drop cloth twice in hot water with fabric softener. (Use a lot!)…dried it and headed to the bedroom.
First I cut the plastic to fit over Emmie’s favorite comforter. Once I had it secured at the end of the bed I placed the drop cloth over it and then I was finished! All that remained was to dress the bed.
I’m amazed! The color is practically perfect…it gives the room a real country chic feel…my matlesse looks lovely at the end of the bed and I’m just saying a little prayer that our situation has been solved. Keep a good thought, will you?
I’ve learned that there are many uses for drop cloths. Some of my favorites are listed in this article.
And this is a fun idea from 11 Magnolia Lane.
Like I said, our move has had many unexpected bonuses. Okay…your turn…other than covering your floors when you paint, how have you used a drop cloth in your decor? I can’t wait to hear from you.
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