Sometimes you really do have to be able to look past the grunge and smell to see the potential!! This is one of those little "gems" I picked up at the apartments and as usual....NAAAASTY!
I will admit, I am probably the last DIYer on earth to use drop cloths as upholstery material. It's honestly not something that ever crossed my mind. You would think with all the painting I do at some point I would have looked at the paint covered drop cloth beneath my feet and thought "WOW...that would look super cool on an ottoman." Nope...never crossed my mind!
But I thought this was the perfect piece to give it a shot....
After all, it really couldn't get much worse....
Drop cloths really do make nice upholstery....very sturdy. I washed this one 3 times with bleach and dried it each time...just to soften it up a bit. It does have a tiny bit of a "wrinkle" look to it, but that kind of adds to the character.
For the piping I used a bias tape close to the color of the cloth....but it would look great with any color if you wanted to add a little pop!
If you have followed me, you know I am not big on skirts...but this little guy had "cheap" wheels and if I removed them it would have been too short. So I had to get a tad creative in order to compensate for the skirt. So I added grommets and a little burlap ribbon bow to each corner just to give the skirt a little "flare."
Too stinking cute!
You could really do a lot of super neat things with this...add a nifty transfer to the top, or paint the fabric...maybe some red or denim piping and bows to match. The drop cloths are literally a blank slate! But they are cotton and very sturdy and very easy to work with! And compared to the cost of upholstery fabric they are relatively inexpensive!