For her DIY headboard project, Atlanta homeowner Amanda Macy Hall and her husband, Josh, cut a piece of medium-thick foam and adhered it to their existing cherry wood headboard using spray glue. Once the glue set, they sprayed the front of the foam with the glue and wrapped the headboard with the large pre-washed drop cloth. They pulled it tight and created crisp corners, like when wrapping a gift. Using super strong fabric glue held the corners and seams in place, she says. “This was an incredibly inexpensive project that was quick and easy,” she says.
Instead of painting your floors, design experts with Lowe's suggest making a painted outdoor rug to freshen up a porch or patio floor. You can buy a cheap drop cloth, or use one that has saved your indoor floors when you have repainted a room, and turn it into a custom-colored rug.
When couples combine furniture, sometimes major pieces, like a bed, need to be freshened up. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects, transformed a queen cherry sleigh bed that belonged to her husband, Josh, with upholstery. She used a cheap drop cloth and a roll of brass decorative nails. “I love the look of the drop-cloth, a beautiful natural color with subtle texture, and the nailheads bring the added style that helps to tie it to the rest of our room.”
If you’re hosting or headed to a house warming, dripping paint bucket floral arrangements might be the perfect fit. Pick up an empty aluminum paint bucket from the home improvement store, lay out a drop cloth along a long, flat surface, then use a turkey baster to add a dripping effect from the opening of the bucket to the bottom. Let the paint dry for about three to four hours, then use a utility knife to cut any paint buildup from the drop cloth.
Wipe planters clean with a damp cloth. Place planters upside down on a drop cloth and cover completely with spray paint. Apply additional coats as necessary for full coverage. Turn planters over and paint the rim and inside the rim.
Lay the 1’ and 6’ pieces on a drop cloth and use spray primer to coat completely on one side. When dry, flip and prime the opposite side. Repeat with spray paint, adding additional coats as needed for full coverage. It is not necessary to paint the 3’ pieces.
You can use any items from around the house to create a tablescape. Simply choose things with texture such as a canvas drop cloth for use as a table cloth. Cover vessels with wrapping paper or maps for a pop of color and pattern, and create a centerpiece with a grouping of random objects with interesting shapes.