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Well, we’re in the thick of summer, and if you’re like me, you’re likely crazy busy with BBQs, parties and juggling kids' summer schedules. Finding time to do the simplest craft can be a challenge. So, let the weeds wait and tart up a table or two around the house. All you need are a couple of yards of oilcloth and a staple gun. Here's what you need to know.

Oilcloth was originally a cotton cloth treated with linseed oil to give it a semi-waterproof coating. By the late ’50s, it became more commonly known as vinyl and was bonded to a flannel cloth.

I love bright dots for a home office set-up, and the little bedside number below just screams weekends away. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of stapling the fabric to the table’s wooden top, just let the fabric speak for itself and drape an outside dining table or picnic table with pattern. Because oilcloth is waterproof and doesn’t need hemming, it’s a dream to work with.

Photo Blog July 13 Fabric Oilcloth Desk

This painted table makes for a perfect work/craft surface when topped with dotted oilcloth.

Photo Blog July 13 Fabric Oilcloth Bedside

I’m loving the cottage vibe here — and how cute would this table be in a bathroom or kids room?

Photo Blog July 13 Fabric Oilcloth Outdoor Table Picnic

Add a splash of pattern on a tired old backyard table and leave it outside all summer.

Here are some great (bright!) patterns available through Oilcloth International [www.oilcloth.com]:

Photo Blog July 13 Fabric Oilcloth Fabric Yellow Flowers

Photo Blog July 13 Fabric Oilcloth Fabric Gingham

Keep an eye out at your local fabric store, too — oilcloth is usually stocked throughout the spring and summer.

Find more easy DIY ideas on our Online TV show. Just click “By Topic” and choose DIY.

Photo credits:
1-2. The Yvestown Blog
3. Posy
4-5. Oilcloth International

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