DIY Checkered Tablecloth

A simple DIY for multi-purposing a painting drop cloth as a durable table cover for outdoor use.

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Materials:

  • Natural Fiber drop cloth
  • Lime green and black spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Yard stick or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Heavy objects ( food cans, tools, exercise weights, etc) to hold canvas down

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Instructions:

  1. I recommend doing this project outdoors or in a garage to avoid paint fumes indoors.
  2. Spread drop cloth on an even flat surface. Place weights on all four corners to hold down the drop cloth.
  3. Measure 3 inches from the edge of cloth and mark with pencil.continue making marks the length of the drop cloth.
  4. Line up and place painters tape along pencil marks.
  5. Repeat every 3 inches until bottom of the drop cloth.
  6. Turn drop cloth and repeat steps 1-3 creating a checker board pattern.
  7. Spread out drop cloth in well ventilated area.
  8. Starting with top most corner, spray square with black spray paint making sure to fill in completely.
  9. Spray black spray paint on every alternating square. Fill in remaining squares with lime green.
  10. Allow to dry completely before use.

 

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Helpful hints!

  • Make sure painters tape is firmly secured to the canvas to avoid paint bleeding
  • Get a friend to help with the painting. Each person takes a color to spray and you’re done in half the time
  • Because of the lined bottom of the drop cloth, both sides work well as a tablecloth

Full instructions and more step-by-step photos

 Photography + styling by Manvi Drona for DIY Network.