(Yes, I had to google “connoisseur” to find out the correct spelling!)
Could I be a drop cloth connoisseur?
The definition is…
A connoisseur (Fr. connaisseur, from Middle-French connoistre, then connaître meaning “to be acquainted with” or “to know somebody/something.”
Well, when I was making curtains for my house this summer, I have to admit that I became REAL ACQUAINTED with drop cloths.
And after I slip covered my chair with a drop cloth, I decided that I definitely KNOW more about drop cloths than a person should.
So I want to share some of my knowledge with you. (Cause I know you are dying to be a drop cloth connoisseur too!)
First of all, Home Depot has the best drop cloths.
Ouch! That hurt’s, cause I’m a Lowe’s girl at heart. But it is true.
All of the 6×9 foot drop cloths at Lowe’s had a big seam running down the middle. Sometimes horizontally, and sometimes vertically.
How do I know?
Because I bought and returned over 10 different drop cloths trying to find ones without seams!
Let’s just say Lowe’s loves me.
The drop cloths at Home Depot are SEAMLESS! (I hope they are where you live too!)
Secondly, not all of the drop cloths are made of the same material, even at Home Depot.
How do I know that?
Because I bought six from Home Depot, brought them home, then noticed they were made of two different types of material. One I liked, and one I didn’t.
(You can see the different types of material in the picture below. I liked the material on the bottom half of the picture better.)
So I returned them to Home Depot and got 6 drop cloths that were made of the same material.
Yes, Home Depot loves me too.
Thirdly, be sure to wash them before you use them to get out the “drop cloth smell.”
When you wash them, they instantly turn super soft, like a totally different material.
It’s also important to wash them to shrink the material a little, especially if you are using it to slip cover a chair.
After making my curtains, I ironed the material before hanging them up.
See…I told you I knew more than I should!
In the coming days, I will be posting about how I made my drop cloth curtains and slipcover.
Stay tuned, all you drop cloth lovers….