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10 Uses for Canvas Drop Cloths

Unexpected ways to use these expansive safeguards

Canvas Catchalls

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These paint-prep helpers can do more than save your floor from spatter.

1. Make a Tablecloth

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Dress up a table on the cheap by using a new cotton drop cloth cut to fit. Finish the edges with no-sew hemming tape, and stencil on a design.

2. Collect Leaves

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Spread out a drop cloth on the grass to catch leaves while raking. When you're done, fold it in half to easily funnel the leaves into a big bag.

3. Stay Safe During Demo

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During the demolition phase of a reno, throw a drop cloth over mirrors, tile, or any material you plan to smash that could send dust or hazardous shards into the air.

4. Prevent Floor Scratches

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Slip a drop cloth under furniture or appliances when moving them around the house to protect floors from unsightly nicks and scratches.

5. Make a Movie Screen

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Let a large clean drop cloth stand in for a sheet or blackout fabric when projecting a movie outdoors. Staple the ends of the cloth to 2x4s planted in buckets of sand or gravel.

6. Pet-Proof Car Seats

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Keep a canvas drop cloth in the trunk of the car and use it to save seats from pet hair or muddy paws when traveling with furry friends.

7. Cover Firewood

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No tarp? Use a drop cloth to protect firewood from the elements. Just hit the canvas with waterproofing spray before putting it outside.

8. Line a Wicker Catchall

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For a washable basket liner, cut two pieces of canvas drop cloth to size and lay in a basket crisscrossed so that the fabric hangs over the edges by about 2 inches.

9. Transport Shrubs

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When uprooting a large shrub to move it to a new location, wrap the base with a canvas drop cloth to keep it intact before replanting.

10. Make a Nonslip Rug Pad

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Keep an area rug in place by cutting a piece of drop cloth slightly smaller than the rug. Run thin wavy lines of silicone caulk across it to add traction. Let dry and place it caulk-side down on the floor, under the rug.