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.