Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Table runner numero dos.

One of my New Year's Resolutions (which I am going to make a post about 3 weeks late) is to get this house FINISHED. I feel like a house can never really be finished, but I want to get it to a point I can live with (since we don't own it anyway and I can't REALLY do what I want to it) and stop spending money on it so we can save for lots and lots of travel we want to do while we live on the west coast. So basically, I have about a million projects to tackle.

I don't know what it is, I love a good table runner. Placemats just don't do it for me. But I got sick of my burlap table runner. Even though it's still January, it's basically spring here and I felt like my table needed something brighter and more fun. And I just never get sick of chevron patterns. I knew exactly what I wanted - a gray and white large scale chevron pattern table runner. But I couldn't find one - I couldn't even find fabric to sew one. So I had to make it. I used the same technique as my burlap table runner to make the runner itself. I didn't want to sew it because I wanted it to be totally smooth and I didn't want stitches showing through the paint.

Then I made a stencil and traced on the table runner with light pencil.


Then I taped it off using regular old blue painter's tape. I taped juuuust outside the pencil lines so they would be painted over and wouldn't show.


Then I painted it in with acrylic craft paint.


And before it dried I pulled the tape off. I did it in sections because I was working on the ironing board and didn't have space to let it dry. Plus the taping got tedious and I wanted a break from it.

And when it was all done, I got this:


What do you think? I love it! Totally worth the effort. You could do this with pretty much any pattern you are willing to spend the time taping. Or just use a regular stencil. Let me know if you try it!


  1. looks amazing! i need to do this, b/c my dining room table is long and no table runner has been long enough. thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Dropping by from the link party....I love this table runner. It's just what my table needs!

  3. I love it!

    Where did you get a plain white runner? How much?

    Thanks! :)