So Pretty AND So Practical

25 Jun

We just love oilcloth in all of its retro glory. It fills an important niche in home decorating: You want your table/chair/floor to look beautiful, but your child wants to use it as a plate/stool/easel. For those of us with *busy* households, oilcloth saves the day. It is incredibly useful to have a few large pieces at hand to use as table clothes, art mats, and under-the-highchair food catchers. Oilcloth is the height of old-school practicality, yet your company will invariably comment, “how pretty!”

Feeling inspired? We just love Heather Cameron‘s oilcloth chair cushion tutorial for her HGTV blog.

What else can you do with oilcloth? Check out these ideas from Oilcloth International:

What is your favorite use for oilcloth? Leave us a comment and let us know!

4 Responses to “So Pretty AND So Practical”

  1. Jennifer June 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    I think I'd like to make a tote/school bag, but I think my favorite listed here is the archery target covers… can you imagine an archery range all decked out in floral oilcloth?!?

  2. Catherine June 26, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I use it to catch the bunny droppings in style. It wipes clean when I clean the cage and my sweet Slick Back Angora thinks he's in the garden.

  3. kaitlyn July 2, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    i covered my kitchen chairs–now they are saved from juice spills and looks great!

  4. Marixsa August 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    I recently made some oatmeal bars and used oilcloth as re-usable wrapers. Here's the link:

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