Necessity is the mother of invention!

I think we’ve all heard that age old saying ~ Necessity is the mother of invention. . .

well there’s nothing like a difficult situation to inspire ingenious solutions and that’s what I’ve been up to this week.

I’ve professed my love for drop cloth on this blog on many an occasion . . . and it was through necessity that I’ve found a new use for the humble painter’s cloth.


Yes my friends, I give you the drop cloth doona cover.

I guess the old drop cloth wouldn’t be most people’s first choice for fine bed linen, but on this occasion it fits the bill perfectly.



To cut a long story short, due to some major backyard landscaping we have a large area of exposed earth out back.

Now our rich and fertile soil is a gardeners dream, but it also happens to be dark red in colour and stains absolutely everything.

Add to the mix our beloved house dogs and tropical rain and you probably get the picture. . . we’ve had a disastrous mishap with a mischievous wet and muddy puppy who thought it a wonderful game to race around the house with the whole family chasing her.

Luckily we have floorboards, so the damage was minimised to a ruined doona/bed cover.



So we needed some new temporary linen in the master bedroom that was cheap, hard wearing and still looked acceptable. Drop cloth has never failed me yet and I have to say I’m pretty chuffed with the outcome of the new doona cover.

I added a little personal touch by stencilling the word ‘love’ using textile paint.


I was also able to incorporate the manufacturers fabric joins into the design. . . and I think they added a little texture to the otherwise plain cover.

The addition of some white crochet lace on both the cover and the pillowslips continued the romantic theme and ties in beautifully with the white bed sheets.


Of course, as you would expect. . . now that we have a temporary cover there hasn’t been so much as a muddy paw print or a wet nose mark!!

Doona cover ~ drop cloth by Bunnings

Wall colour ~ Dulux, Antique White USA

Feature wall ~ Dulux, Bone White

Furniture ~ Homemade chalk paint, Antique White USA

Bed table ~ thrifted antique, painted with homemade chalk paint.

Curtains and mosquito net ~ IKEA

I’m linking up with White Wednesday @ Faded Charm, Party Time @ 36th Avenue, Creative Things Thursday @ Vintage Farmhouse, Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage, The Creative Spark @ Clean and Scentsible . . . plus all the lovely gals at these Link Parties during the week.

‘Shabby’ sweet dreams ~ Kerryanne

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  1. You did a fabulous job of making over your room.

  2. I love it! So pretty:) I found you at Clean & Scentsible.

  3. your ideas and classic stlye never cease to amaze me…every time i pop in you are up to something totally different. your girls are gorgeous by the way.
    p.s. you might be surprised to know that i have actually posted on my blog. shock horror!

  4. Never would have thought to do a duvet cover out of dropcloth, Kerryanne! But why not! It is certainly big enough. This looks great and I love the stencil you added to it. I haven’t used dropcloth for anything yet myself, but I think I’ve read that when washed it softens up, so genius idea!

  5. I’m so impressed. Before I read your post I was sure this was a fine linen duvet. You’ve done an outstanding job. I will be featuring you next Tuesday at my Swing into Spring party. Make sure to drop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button.

  6. Beautiful AND clever!!! The stencil is the perfect touch ~

  7. Great job!

  8. Beautiful! That room looks so restful and I love the duvet cover.

  9. How clever and what a beautiful effect from something so simple as a drop cloth.

    Toni xx

  10. You’ve got my wheels turning with this one. Very nice!!

  11. That is just beautiful Kerryanne!! Who would have thought to use a drop cloth for a cuvet cover but I love it!! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I always love visits from Australia!! I’ll be featuring this on Sunday. Jenn 🙂

  12. What a brilliant idea – just gorgeous!!!
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  13. Super on the bed! We make chair covers with them plus heavy linen fabric is expensive so your idea is a great alternative! Beautiful!

  14. SOOO beautiful!! Goodness everything is perfect!!! Love the white/linen colors!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  15. Ah another great use for the wonderful drop cloth! I love using them for all kinds of stuff and I too, use the seams that are already in them to add some texture and quirk to the stuff I make out of them. My most recent drop cloth project was a slip covered chair.

  16. What a great idea to use the drop cloth as a bed cover! I’ll have to check those out next time I’m at the hardware store. Thanks for the inspiration (and great job on that stencil)!


  18. Adore! This was so clever and they look AMAZING! {pinned it!}
    xo Becca

  19. Beautiful! The stencil is my favorite detail. Such a serene space. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday! xo

  20. Love this idea. Looks fabulous. I can see my bedroom done similar with some beachy accents. Kind of a coastal village look. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Leanne Murdoch says:

    Absolutely love this and am thinking about doing something similar – I was hoping to get seam free drop cloths but maybe the seams will add more to the finished cover. If you can remember what size drop cloth did you buy for this project?

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Leanne,
      For this particular project I purchased the room size drop cloth from Bunnings. I think it was something like 4 m x 5m. I usually use the 5 m x 1.2 m, which I find easier to use for crafting projects. Hope you enjoy making a drop cloth bed cover. Ours is on it’s last leg now, but it was the perfect solution during our backyard renovations. I also liked the extra weight in the cover for winter.

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