Drop cloths have been a popular staple of frugal decorators for a while now. But, it wasn’t until this week that I understood. I actually bought a set a few weeks ago and was so dissappointed in the texture, color and the massive seam running right down the middle that I cut my losses on the postage and sent them back.
I have decided to replace my living room drapes, since I am giving that room a makeover and definitely want white. Everything I looked at, though, was too short. I wanted at least 106″ panels and I needed four.
Then, I stumbled upon my friend Lisa’s blog post about bleaching drop cloths. Her before and after shots are so pretty.
Hmmm, at approximately $2.50 per yard, I could have four panels for $40!! The only problem was that Lisa used a top loading washer and mine is a front loader. You will not be able to use a front loader because it doesn’t fill with water or have a soaking setting. The other two options are to use a bathtub or take them to a laundromat.
I am going to show you the bath tub method, although . . .
I think I may have “ruined” the enamel finish on my claw foot tub by doing this. It has yellowed considerably from the bleach and while I did try to neutralize it with hydrogen peroxide and it is fading a little each day, I am pretty sure we will need to repaint it. If you have a fiber glass tub, this should be fine, though, from what I hear.
If you are on septic, DO NOT bleach drop cloths! They require too much bleach for a septic system’s live bacteria and will be expensive to fix. Just stick with buying white canvas fabric.
Sorry to disappoint!
So all that to say, I humbly submit this post in hopes that learn from my mistakes and know that decorating involves risk. However, it is still worth it to keep researching and moving toward the goal of a beautiful home.
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Now you will have a beautiful piece of white fabric to work with for slipcovers, table runners, curtains, pillows, etc.
Here are the DIY Farmhouse curtains I made with mine!
What will you make?