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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Red Polka Dot Oil Cloth

Oil cloth is very hard to find anymore. Oh, they have the stuff they call oil cloth but is isn't true oil cloth. The kind you find in stores now is mostly vinyl with a flannel backing, not truly oil cloth. Cheap, cheap, cheap! And I should know since I'm from the generation that used the real stuff. However, I have found it in various places and almost despaired of ever finding it again...and then I came across a blogger who was putting some on her dining room table. Well, lo and behold, I thought I'd go to the vendor she bought hers from and see if it was the real thing.

This is a piece I've had for about 25 years now and I love it but I wanted something lighter and more whimsical. Now, if you look closely you can see—and I can certainly feel—the difference of the webbing on the back on that snippet of white on the right side.

This is a piece I've had for maybe 15 years. While it's true oil cloth, its back is smooth. Oh, still strong but not the webbing usually associated with oil cloth. And while, it's still functional, it's getting stained badly from the paints I use.
This is the new oil cloth I just received from OilClothAddict on etsy. She has the loveliest array of this product I've ever seen. It's still a bit different on its underside but definitely a kind of web there. It is, however, heads and tails above the vinyl/flannel backed junk you find in stores now. In fact, it's wonderful. I love the whimsy of red polka dots. I believe she had pink polka dots but I wanted the red.
So I put it on my studio craft table today and here's how it looks at night with the lights on.

And this is in the daytime. Isn't it just marvelous?

She sent along a few sample of others available. If you try it, you'll love it and won't ever go back to that cheap stuff again.

I had a small rectangular piece left over so I put it on our dining table, and I think it looks wonderful there. A bit of whimsy
with the elegant chandelier when placed rakishly sideways on the table to cover our places where we eat.

And if you go to etsy, check out my store on there also! You won't be sorry.


  1. Hi Connie

    Now I'm clear on Oil Cloth, to be quite honest I wasn't exactly sure what it was.
    I also hate the cheapo stuff
    Love the ones from the ladie's Etsy store, Might just have to pop over there for a look

    xxx Gail

  2. Hi Sweet Connie! I LOOOVE Oil Cloth too!! I have a damask pattern in black and white all throughout my studio. I have it also in Pink and White should I want to mix it up or change. We take lunch bags made of it to school and have church bags out of it etc...I really could go on and on...pathetic I know but that stuff is SOO fantastic! What a fun post and I love your photos! Beautiful home!

    xo Molly

  3. Oil cloth is on my wish list! Glad yours has come true! ♥

  4. Your craft room is FABULOUS and oh so inspiring!

  5. I love and adore your studio. It just makes my heart sing when I see these pics..and makes me want to get off the computer and start doing something creative. Honestly!! You totally inspire me.

  6. So cheerful Connie, you would feel very happy in your workroom I'm sure!

  7. Hi Connie....yep, you got it right! Oil cloth just ain't what it use to be, but looks like you found something very close. I ran across some in Fredricksburg, TX last summer in a very unique fabric shop with lots of reproduction patterns just like the ones of yesteryear. Your studio looks so organized and cheery. BTW, I read gardening post the other day and was inspired to post about gardening, too. Come see what ya think....Sue

  8. Hi Connie you're right I haven't seen true oilcloth in Years! I love the look of it in your art room. To me what is more amazing is how you can keep your studio looking so great! Hard as I try I can have it spit and polished and in oh so order and go in to make ONE ATC and bam! it looks like a whole class of pre-schoolers spent their lunch break in there. What is wrong with me other than the obvious. Have a happy day, XXMollye

  9. I'm not real familiar with oil cloth either, but your new red polka dot piece is so cute!

  10. That must make you smile every time you see it! I love it. I'd love to put some on our table on the porch - it will have to wait til I get home.


  11. Hi Connie,
    Love the red and white too. Your craft room is so full of fun and creativity! I wish I lived close by, I would come over and we could craft or sew together.
    Have a great day~Hugs Elizabeth

  12. I love oilcloth too. I made a beach tote out of a pink strawberry print years ago. You craft room looks very happy.


  13. I didn't know about oil cloth, thanks for the info. You're studio is awsome! Thanks for the peek into your home. Have a great day today!

  14. Love oil cloth but didn't think they made it anymore. Can't wait to get some. My grandmother always had it on her kitchen table. Does it still smell the same? Love you red polka a dots it would look great on my vintage red chrome table. Thanks for the info.

  15. Your studio looks amazing Connie - who wouldn't want to spend endless hours in there creating.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  16. Thanks for the lesson about bark cloth and oil cloth. I love what you did with yours... polka dots are such fun!

    Hope to see you soon if my workmen would only cooperate. Took a break today to blog. Missed you all...


    Sheila :-)

  17. Connie,,
    That looks great ...What a great idea, yvonne

  18. Totally cute! Thanks for the shout out!!!

    Oilcloth Addict and Modern June

  19. Oh I adore oilcloth. Cath Kidston sells it but it is WAY to expensive. Love the polka dots.

  20. Yep....I'm an oilcloth fan too! I didn't check,but you used to be able to buy it at RepoDepot?...They only sell on the net.

    Love your spots! And, what a happy work table they made.


  21. I am always learning something new from you Connie!! Elyse at Cottage used some of this oil cloth and I am thinking about getting some for the tables that were given us for our ministry building. They are pretty beat up and this might be a fun way to perk im up!

    How fun that you are married to a star!!! I used to love that show as a kid.

    bee blessed

  22. Hi Connie,
    I love the way your oil cloth looks on your studio table. The red polka dots are so you and looks so good. I love your shelves above too.
    I am using a lacey vinyl in white on my art table. I found a roll of it and wide enough for the whole table. When it gets too stained from paints, I cut another piece and replace it. Just some FYI, rubbing alcohol will take some of the acrylic paints off the cloth.

    Thank you for stopping by and your comments about the roses. I am planting three in red tomorrow. They were on sale and I just could not pass them up. LOL
    Going to visit your etsy shoppe now. Have a great weekend.
    Love, Celestina Marie

  23. Hi Connie

    Love that you choose the red polka dots. To me polka dots are so fun and playful! I just bought a navy dress with white polka dots - love it!


  24. Your craft room is adorable! You have inspired me to get mine in order!

  25. Hi Connie; Oil Cloth brings back my school days,,,,, art class,, back in the old days.. yours looks great on your craft table.... love polka dots,,,,,, have a great weekend


  26. I had a rucksack made of this stuff from Kitsch'n'sync (UK) which was the most amazing fun and lasted for years (really loud - covered in parrots, which I used to tote stuff to my art classes). Really tough, waterproof... only got rid because I thought I was getting too old for it. I just wish I still had it now!

    Wonderful stuff, this oil cloth - off to look at the Etsy shop you recommended (and yours too, of course!)

  27. Connie ~
    so so pretty !! I love the vibrant colors ~ Your craft room is so yummy ~

  28. hi connie!

    i am playing some blog catch up (catsup?) and am so happy i popped over to see all of your cool ideas!

    we are all going cuckoo for oilcloth, aren't we? so fun how ideas just spread around blogland. i love it! yours looks beautiful.

    love your T shirt ideas, too!

    happy weekend and happy pink saturday!


  29. Wow, your craft room is just amazing! It is so nicely organized too. You are one lucky girl!! :)
    I always enjoy your posts -- you have a great sense of humour!
    Best regards,


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