Today, we’re sharing how to dye canvas drop cloth!
A few years ago, we dyed a large canvas drop cloth to use as a base for the stenciled curtains in our dining room. Those curtains have been one of our favorite DIYs. It seemed like we were changing up the curtains in that room every few months.
After we learned to dye canvas drop cloth and stencil drop cloth curtains, we realized they were so neutral, they could be used in almost any room in the house!
Decorating with Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains
We’ve been slowly decorating room by room, so that our home feels more settled. Part of that process is deciding what kind of window treatments, pillows and slipcovers we want to use in each space.
After we replaced the curtains in the master bedroom for the ORC: Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal, it left us with several canvas drop cloth panels. I knew immediately I wanted to try to dye those curtain panels to match the set of curtains we had created for the dining room too.
We love the look of washed linen for pillows and blankets. But sometimes it’s hard to justify the expense given we have mischievous pets, visiting littles and our pillows almost always wind up on the living room floor. Especially, after a movie marathon.
Thankfully none of that really matters because this drop cloth fabric has the look of washed linen with the durability of canvas. I mean, that’s exciting right?
Let me show you how we dyed our canvas drop cloths to get the look of washed linen….
Prepping Your Drop Cloth
The drop cloths I’m using in this post can be found at your local home improvement store. I made sure to wash and dry the drop cloths prior to dyeing them.
There are many different dye kits you can use, but I used Rit Dye in Pearl Gray for this project. It’s the same color we used for the stenciled curtains in the dining room.
Review Package Instructions Prior to Beginning
Rit Dye will usually have detailed instructions on the back and inside of the package. So, make sure you read the directions well.
There are several methods you can use (on the stove, washing machine, etc.) to dye fabric.
I decided to dye my drop cloth in an old pea shelling pan which is what I’m sharing with you below. Make sure you start with a clean container that is deep enough to cover the amount of fabric you want to dye.
You also need to make sure you’ve completely covered and protected any areas that may get damaged by dye color with thick heavy tarps. We’re completing this project outside.
How to Dye Canvas Drop Cloth Instructions
Using caution and care as water will be hot, place hot water into the container.
Next dissolve dye color pearls
and pour fully dissolved dye into container.
Stir until water and dye are combined.
The amount of salt you will add to the dye bath will depend on the amount of dye, water and fabric you’re using.
Make sure the salt fully dissolves in the dye bath.
Be sure you’re wearing gloves then using caution and care, rinse canvas drop cloth with water
before submerging the drop cloth into the dye bath. Allow fabric to soak until you’ve achieved desired color.
We let our drop cloth sit for about an hour stirring and repositioning the fabric every 15 mins.
Once you have the color you want you need to rinse the fabric until the water runs clean.
After you’ve done this step you’ll need to wash the fabric with a mild laundry detergent and allow the fabric to dry completely. Keep in mind, the more you wash and dry the canvas drop cloth, the more the dye will fade from the fabric.
That said, you can make a throw for the couch, pillow covers, napkins, curtains, a table runner. Honestly, there are so many great options.
What I like about dyeing canvas drop cloths is you can make them as dark or as light as you want depending on how long you leave the fabric in the dye bath.
They also have a nubby texture which makes them feel vintage yet totally durable. You can read about how we made a stenciled pillow for the breakfast nook here.
You can also see how we used a dyed canvas drop cloth for the bench in the entry makeover here. It really helped us to create a French Country feel.