Have you seen these before?
They are painter’s drop cloths.
They come in different sizes. Sometimes they are 9’x 12′ or 4′ x 6′ or 4′ x 12′. They come in plastic or a rubbery fabric or this canvas material that might pass for linen if you squinted a little.
The best thing about dropcloth?
It has a superpower.
One minute it sits calmly on a table folded like this.
And then you blink.
And it transforms itself into…
Curtains that look like these.
Or a pom pom pillow like this.
And while all of these dropcloth ideas are wonderful.
Sometimes its to forget the most important reason dropcloths even exist.
They were designed and created and brought here to this planet to help protect your floors.
So when you are painting a living room like this.
With a bookcase like this.
And you get this idea to make the bookcase cuter.
It will only take minutes you tell yourself.
I don’t need to prep.
All I need is a ladder and a can of navy paint.
It will only take a minute.
I don’t need to tape or get anything ready or put a drop cloth down.
If you hear yourself saying this?
If you have a conversation that remotely sounds like this?
Because when you are up on a ladder and painting the top of the bookshelf and trying very hard to stay in the lines because you didn’t take a moment to tape off the top of the molding and at the very moment of concentration you forget that you have a full paint can in your hand and you tip your hand to the side.
And this happens.
YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD A DROP CLOTH ON THE FLOOR.
Especially when you try to clean it up and it looks like this.
Take it from me.
Drop cloths are your friend.
They make wonderful wreaths and pillows and curtains and shades.
But always remember and never forget.
They are superheroes.
Leaping tall buildings and fighting the bad guys and saving the planet…
…and rescuing floors every single day.