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How to Make a DIY Drop Cloth Rug

I’ve been wanting a rugby striped rug for my screen porch for a while.   I think rugby stripes scream “summertime”!  My inspiration was THIS, but a $399  outdoor rug is not in my budget!   So, I decided to make a DIY drop cloth rug using a painter’s canvas and Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Navy.

Rugby Stripe Drop Cloth Rug
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Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Navy
Just look at that rich, navy color!   Maison Blanche is a vintage furniture paint that requires no prep work – sanding, priming, etc.  I love this brand because there are so many rich colors to choose from and additional glazes, waxes (including lime wax), etc.   If you’re intrigued – check out the Maison Blanche website to see the entire line HERE.

How to Make a Drop Cloth Rug

Instructions to Make a Drop Cloth Rug

This next picture is not so great because it was taken in my basement.   I used a paint brush to apply the paint because it does a better job getting the paint into the fibers of the canvas.

Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Navy

The nautical navy against the natural drop cloth is just the look I wanted.  I still need to apply the Maison Blanche varnish that will protect the rug from dirt and some rain.  But, I couldn’t wait to see how it looked on the porch!

Striped Drop Cloth Rug with Vintage Croquet Mallets

Rugby Stripe Drop Cloth Rug and Vintage Bocce Balls in a dough bowl

I really like how this budget-friendly drop cloth rug turned out!    Next year if I decide I want something different, I can just break out the paint and buy another inexpensive drop cloth.
DIY Drop Cloth Rugby Stripe Outdoor Rug

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Tuesday 5th of April 2022

My porch is not covered. Do you think it would hold up still in the weather?

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Yes, it should be fine. My porch gets wet and it held up to it.


Monday 19th of June 2017

I have a black rug can I paint it and what kind of paint

Doreen Cagno

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Hi, Joann. I'm sorry I can't help you because I've never actually painted a rug. My post was about creating a DIY striped rug using a painter's drop cloth and paint. Maybe you can find something on Pinterest.

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Monday 1st of August 2016

[…] Usually paint is supposed to protect against paint, but this painted drop cloth rug is beautiful. […]

MrsMajor Hoff

Tuesday 1st of July 2014

Very cool Doreen! I'm so glad you shared!


Saturday 28th of June 2014

I love stripes and navy and white are just The Best! Where did you get your drop cloth?