Ever since we got our dining room table it’s been bare. I haven’t wanted to cover it with a table cloth because I love the look of the wood but I have wanted to at least find a runner; this would dress up the table a little and provide some protection from food and such in the middle. The problem is our table is almost 7 feet long. Most runners I found were either too short or too expensive. So I decided I would create my own.
As usual, I turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration. I found this blog post from Gloriously Made which used burlap and ribbon. I really like the idea of burlap but I couldn’t find a particular ribbon that I liked so I decided I would stencil a border instead.
Here are the materials I used:
- 1 ten foot burlap runner from Michaels (cut down to 100 inches)
- Martha Stewart satin paints: carrot, pool, and lake fog
- Tear off paper palette
- Martha Stewart birds and berries stencil pack
- Set of stencil foam brushes
I already had two of the paint colors; lake fog and pool and the paper palette so all I had to purchase was the brushes, runner and stencil pack. Now, this was my first stencil on fabric project so there was a bit of a learning curve but ultimately this is the technique that worked best for me.
I began with placing a barrier between the burlap and table (I just used a cut up brown paper bag). Then I taped down the stencil.
I added the color I wanted to the palette then swirled my brush over until it was evenly covered.
Then I dabbed inside the stencil until everything was evenly coated.
I repeated this process for the rest of the runner.
Although the process was fairly simple, it was time consuming. I spread the work out over two nights and all in all it took 3 – 4 hours. But it was so worth it. I love how this runner turned out.
The main reason I got started on this project was because we were having a raclette party to celebrate my dad’s (belated) 60th. So I played around with the place setting.
So what do you think? Are you ready to go out and stencil something? Now I keep looking around the house for what other stenciling projects I can do.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with some pictures from the raclette party.
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