Last week when I posted about our Ever Changing screened porch room (you can read it here.) I noticed a big glaring design problem I had in the space.
My table looked like a big giant white blob in the photographs!
Very functional table that can adjust to 3 different levels, but it really is an eyesore. Functional, but kinda ugly.
This weekend I decided to dress it up a little so I made an easy no-sew painted burlap table runner.
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Painted Burlap Table Runner
For this project you will need:
For this project I used a roll of 12″ burlap ribbon I purchased some time ago at Walmart for only $5.99. The edges are pre-sewn so you don’t have to finish the edges. Best table runner fabric ever! Of course my outdoor table is not very wide so a 12″ table runner is perfect.
First, I cut the burlap to the length needed to cover the table and to have about 8″ overlap on the each side.
Next, using a tape measure and painter’s tape I taped off the stripes for the navy and lime green stripes. I used acrylic craft paint for the first two colors.
It took a couple coats of paint to cover the burlap so I let it dry overnight. The next morning I taped off the areas for the third orange color and let it dry a few hours.
Scalloped edges can be tricky but I have an easy solution to make it work.
I started with a plastic lid from my recycling bin that would create equal amount of scallops at each end. I made a straight line near the center on the lid with a sharpie to create a guide to follow to line up each scallop. Then it was just an easy task to trace the half circle shape of the scallops and cut out each scallop edge.
For anyone who has ever worked with burlap, I can imagine what you are thinking right now – “How do you keep the burlap from unraveling?”
I solved that problem with just a little more paint.
The paint acts as a sealant for the edges. I also thought about using Modge Podge for a clean sealant but liked the extra pop of color on the edges instead.
With this simple, no-sew, low cost project, my outdoor table doesn’t look like a white blob anymore.
“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8
You did a great job! This runner looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
The painted burlap table runner is so pretty! I love how you added color to it, and great tip on painting the scalloped edges. #HomeMattersParty
What a great idea. I have a roll of burlap I could do something like this with. #HomeMattersPArty
Thanks Emily. This was such an easy project and a great way to use up what I had.
I love you runner with the scalloped edge! I love the colors especially! Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty
Thanks Jeannee. We are going to miss you at #HomeMattersParty
Sara @ finditfixitorbuildit.com says
I love how this turned out! Table runners are so expensive…this is a great alternative, plus it’s one-of-a-kind::) Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Link Party:) #HomeMattersParty
Thanks again Sara
Lynn White says
I just love this! I always use this for walls but never thought about a table runner #HomeMattersParty
Looks beautiful.Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersparty. We would love to have you again next week.
Thanks Sahana! Working on a few new projects today so I should have more to share for the next few weeks. Looking forward to checking out the other link-ups.
Sam @ Raggedy Bits says
What a great idea! Love the scalloped edges!
Thank you so much for sharing your fun project over at Waste Not Wednesday 🙂
Thanks Sam. I look forward to seeing the new projects this week.
This turned out absolutely amazing! Such a pretty and smart idea for an outdoor table! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday!
Anne Birdsong says
Hi Donna, I’m Anne, and I’m visiting from the Handmade Hangout blog hop. Your burlap runner came out beautiful! I love working with burlap, and you’ve given me inspiration for some new techniques. Thanks! Anyway, have a wonderful day, and I hope you can pop over to my blog (https://birdsongbitsandpieces.blogspot.com) sometime to say hi!
Thanks Anne. I actually saw someone use the scalloped edges on drapery and that kind of inspired what I did. Got to love Pinterest. Thanks for visiting and I’ll stop on over to your blog and see what you have been up to as well.