Hand Painted Table Runner
November 5, 2009
It’s Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Perfect timing for my newest creation, a hand painted table runner.
I’ve always wanted to play around and get creative with fabric paint. Spotting a few bottles of metallics at Michaels last week and some very pretty beads, I decided I wanted to personalize a table runner for my small Thanksgiving crowd.
I started with a scrap of leftover satin fabric, some beads and metallic paints.
This project can be done with any plain store bought runners, but I made my own no sew silky table runner with some Stitch Witchery.
I also made the underlying tablecloth with a leftover piece of suit fabric from these pillows. Again, just a hot iron and some Stitch Witchery for an easy peasy tablecloth !
For the runner, I mixed some of my paint into a soft golden green shade, then applied painter’s tape to the edges. Two coats of paint later, I had a nice stripe down the side.
I used the stencil from this writer’s desk project and lightly sketched a pattern by hand with a pencil.
Then I started to sweat cause it was time to put paint to fabric. So I worked up a few practice strokes just to get ready.
Trying not to shake and being oh so careful, I used my brush to follow the pencil marks. Sweating… high anxiety here. No room for major mistakes. Minor imperfections were to be expected.
Whew, I finished without spilling glops of paint all over. That alone was an accomplishment. Then I used fabric glue designed for attaching appliqués to secure the beads to the runner.
I’m not 100% convinced this glue will last through a delicate wash cycle, so I’m thinking this may have to be dry cleaned. Or I could just fahghet-about-it and throw it in one of those lingerie bags and see if they all come out in the wash… Will have to report back on that one.
Anywho, once I pulled up the painter’s tape I was pretty surprised to find a very clean line down the edge. Yippeeee ! It worked !
I also added some painted pinecones to the table to give it a natural yet polished look.
Gasp ! She did what ? Yep. I spray painted some pinecones that I brought home from this recent trip. I used a collection of leftover paints from past projects.
Antique Bronze paint from this table project
Cinnamon paint from this wreath project
And London Gray paint from this dresser revamp
Note: I did add a light layer of gold spray paint to the top two.
So here’s my Thanksgiving tablescape in progress so far. Of course I’ll have to expand the table to make room for ten, and it will still need more trimmings on Turkey day, but this is a good start !
I picked up these golden bronze candlesticks at Michaels last year on sale after Christmas. The silver edge Lenox china is all from my wedding ten years ago. I like mixing metallics these days.
I am loving these new napkin rings from Pier One – so much so that I am sure they’ll reappear on my Christmas table.
And I’m linking up with Between Naps on the Porch’s Tablescape Thursday. Click on over to witness the most beautiful Christmas table in a room filled with red, white, silver, and sparkly ornaments. Perfection !