DIY French Stenciled Burlap Table Runner

September 21, 2012

Okay, am I the only one who hasn't made one of these yet?  I've been seriously crushing on the many burlap table runners I've seen on other blogs, Pinterest, etc. and so I finally bit the bullet and made one of my own.
I started with this.

No, there'll be none of that buying burlap by the yard for me.  I got this roll of burlap table runner from Michael's at 40% off so I think it was like $7.00 for 15 feet of table runner.  15 feet, people.  This worked out perfectly since we have a huge farmhouse kitchen table that's about  9 feet long and seats 8 comfortably. I love the table, we had it made out of reclaimed red barn wood.  But that's fodder for another story altogether.

I measured the burlap to around 6 feet long and cut it to size.  Then I got to work making my stencils.  I know there are many French stencils available for purchase these days, but I didn't want to pay the cost plus shipping so I improvised.  Making the stencils was easy.  Deciding what to actually put on the darn thing was much harder.  I plan on posting all about how to make your own stencils in a future post.

Since rustic chic is all the rage these days, I went with it.  You know, it's all numbers, number, numbers.  They're on everything from galvanized tin pails to glass jars.  Easy enough.  Then I threw in "Paris" and a fleur-de-lis for good measure and it was a done deal.  Now if only I had the right camera lens (wide angle?) to capture this properly without having to stand up really high on a chair.

This later became a 59.  Don't ask me why I chose the numbers I did.  I just did.  I used basic black acrylic craft paint you can buy at Michaels or Jo-Ann's very inexpensively.  I used one of my kids' watercolor set paint brushes (pretty thin) and went to town after taping the stencils down onto the burlap.  Word to the wise:  be sure to place wax paper beneath the area you're painting, that way you don't actually paint the table.  Not that I did that or anything. Just sayin'.

What could be more French than a fleur-de-lis?  I was going for simple images, since I had never done this before and wasn't looking to make the project any more difficult.

Then I tried a few vignettes.

I love this ironstone pitcher.

I got this vintage wire bowl at Goodwill the other day for $1.99.  Loving it.

I love the look of the ironstone with the burlap.  Tureens are my thing.

Aren't these toile pumpkins fabulous?  They're my absolute favorite fall decoration.

So there you have it.  I hope you're having as much fun decorating for fall as I am.  I love the way it turned out.  It's a good thing, since it was a practice/dry run of sorts for a MUCH MORE INVOLVED project that also includes burlap and French stenciling.  I can't wait to reveal it to you, hopefully sometime soon.  


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Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I didnt know you could buy burlap runners at Michaels! This is just darling. Love your big table!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Wow, I didn't know you could but a runner at Michael's! Your runner looks great!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like it - a lot! I am another one that has not made a burlap runner, and did not know you could by those runners at Michaels. :D
Enjoy your weekend.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it. So much easier just buying the runner already cut to size, had no idea Michaels carried these. Your table looks fabulous!!

Chrissy said...

Your runner turned out just fabulous and your stencils are great too.
Thanks for the tip about the burlap table runner item at Micheals.

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Kathy, Seems like you scooped everyone by finding the runner at Michaels. Very nice job, it's hard to stencil and not get seeping, especially with burlap. Can't wait to see your next project. Love, Penny

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You clever girl! Burlap can be hard to cut so this was oh so smart! I love the tureens.

Sherry said...

This is wonderful! I have been wanting to try this. Great job! Thank you for joining HSH!

BuffyPalomar said...

Everything looks lovely! I may just try and make one, myself. Where do you find your lovely tureens, I don't seem to have much luck?

Have a great weekend,

lvroftiques said...

OMG yes!! Those toile pumpkins are the bomb!! And so is your table runner! You are a DIY force of nature my friend! *winks* Vanna

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