I love outdoor living... even in January.
The fresh air.
A warm crackling fire in the pit
a little music playing ...
Outdoor spaces are a big part of our home-
and we spent most evenings outside during the summer months.
We recently made some changes and started working
on a new area in the backyard in the fall...
it's not share worthy yet...
but our farmhouse table and bistro chairs are set up in the new space
and with drop cloth drapery panels
& a little chandelier lighting
it is a perfect setting for evening dining in the fresh air.
I love a table that is welcoming as well as beautiful
One that incorporates vintage flea finds and newly found treasures.
I wanted something neutral and pretty for the table linen
and this drop cloth charmer was perfect.
I made this ruffly flirty tablecloth on a whim awhile back
and pulled it out for my peonies post the other day.
HERE if you missed it
I had questions about it so sharing a bit more today.
I used 2 drop cloths that I found at Lowes.
They have a brand that is softer and more 'friendly'
for slipcovers and linens in my opinion
Some of them are scratchy and stiff- these are not.
I set one of the drop cloths on the table
(This table is about 9' long and 3' wide. )
and cut aprox. 14" off the drop cloth edging all around.
(Bonus: dropcloths have a pre-made edging)
I then gathered and pinned it to the table top piece
as I went along
to create a soft loose ruffled look.
For this cloth,
I made the top a bit larger so that it draped over the edges on the table
and then sewed the ruffle piece to it.
I love the extra fabric draped on each of the corners.
I was thinking a comfortable loose, baggy slipcover feeling...
something beautiful, friendly & welcoming.
Drop cloths definitely need a good ironing when you are finished
unless you don't mind the wrinkly look.
I love how the cream coloring works so beautifully with the chalkboard
in the dining room and is also perfect for the table outdoors as well.
I scoured flea markets & thrift stores for pieces
of mis-matched silver over the summer and found some beauties.
My favorites are old monogrammed and intricate patterned pieces.
Some feel a bit regal and are perfect for adding a little elegance.
Some of my pretty peonies are turning a bit brown at the edges...
but they are lovely nonetheless
and I am loving their sweetness paired with the
vintage inspired carriage house lanterns.
A simple but charming outdoor table
with a simple ruffled drop cloth table linen.
So whose coming over for dinner?