Post # 1
My best DIY purchase has been a $4.99 tarp from Ikea. At the moment I have it folded in about half and it’s covering my table where we’re assembling the invites. I originally bought it because I had some spray paint projects in mind but I scratched those out but it’s still pretty darn handy. It will be great for some home improvement projects as well.
Post # 3
I don’t think I’ve seen the tarp at Ikea in Australia, but that definitely sounds like a bargain, I might have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!
Post # 4
@aussiebee: It is in the section right before checkout where you go pick up furniture/various items from the numbered aisles. I stumbled into it when I was getting something else and the light bulb went off!
This is from the US site:
Post # 5
Something vaguely similar: we bought a self healing huge mat from Michaels (actually Fiance bought it and I was annoyed because I thought we’d never use it and it took up so much space)…and it has been our lifesaver from a DIY perspective. It protects the surface of the furniture we use, has inches and centimeters marked out…and in general has seen so much use!
Post # 6
An alternative to the IKEA tarp is a vinyl tablecloth. That’s what I use all the time for paint or gluing projects. Also, as pp stated, the self-healing sewing, quilting mats are great for any cutting. Also a rotary cutter and flat ruler to use on the mat to make staight cuts.