How to Make a Drop Cloth Chair

HGTV Magazine 's latest DIY upholsters a chair using a splatter-painted canvas drop cloth.
Paint Splattered DIY Chair

Paint Splattered DIY Chair

This chair's fabric is made from a drop cloth

Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

What you need:

  • unused canvas drop cloth (about $9)
  • scissors
  • large plastic tarp or another drop cloth
  • water
  • latex paint (3 colors)
  • semi-gloss paint for chair (optional DIY)

Step 1

Cut a 4-foot-by-12-foot canvas drop cloth in half widthwise. Place both pieces over a larger plastic tarp or another drop cloth.

Step 2

Mix a little water into three separate colors of latex paint so they’re slightly diluted. Dip your fingers into one color at a time, and flick them onto the canvas. This gives you the most control, but if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, use the same technique with wooden paint stirrers. Let dry.

Step 3

Bring the canvas and chair to a professional upholsterer. To save a little money, you can rip off the old fabric and paint the frame yourself. Semigloss latex paint was used here.

Paint: (on dropcloth upholstery) Echo Lake Aqua, Kingdom, and Sun Rays, all by Glidden; (on frame) Brilliant White by Ralph Lauren Paint; Chair: Louis XVI end chair, $249,

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