Thursday, July 3, 2008

Easy Table Runners

I found a few photos of table runners I've made in the last year. Sorry they are all sideways but you definitely get the idea what they look like! lol This first one was made as a birthday gift for one of my favorite coworkers. She loved it as well as all the other ladies at work, oops! Maybe I should have thought of that before giving it to her at work in case all of them are expecting something similar for their birthdays! The striped bit is actually a flap, sort of a quirky design idea I came up with after visiting Anna's Linens and looking at curtains, lol
This next one is the first runner I ever made! Boy did I make mistakes on it
but still beautiful. The trim is some stuff I bought from a former coworker
who has a flea market booth. She's in her 70's and in the 1970's she was a designer
for some company in Chicago that made trims.
Now she's had a very interesting life!

This runner has a lovely vintage trim on it, again, purchased from Miss June.
All the fabrics with the exception of the black fruit looking material (Hob Lob clearance rack 2007) came from one of my favorite designers, Robert Allen.
Table runners are a great way to use scrappy left over bits of fabric from home decorating projects. Whatever long narrow piece I have, I just tack on something to the ends and cover up the seam with some trim! Make a lining and you're done. They make awesome gifts too.


Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful! We love the wonderful ebellishment! Happy Independence Day blessings,
kari & kijsa

Susie Harris said...

Those are beautiful!!! Girlfriend, you need to make some of those and put them in an etsy shop. I love em..and I love the trims and fringe...oh la la... Susie h~

Kitty Scraps said...

Do you think anyone would buy one? LOL

Joy said...

Hi Kitty,
I'm coming by to visit and to answer your question about my painted floor.
My flooring is not plywood, it is pressed wood, but not the wafer board that looks like wood chips glued together. The flooring in the entry was new sub-flooring and so it is nice and smooth, but the family room had old sub-flooring and did have some "blistering" from where the previous people had let it stay wet and swell. I treated both floors the same.
I first painted, with a roller, a light gray/green latex paint. It was an "oops" paint so I can't really give you an exact color. Because the paint was so cheap I didn't bother to prime, I just did two coats of paint. The old flooring did absorb it a little more than the new, but neither swelled because the paint acts more like a sealer. And, just a side note, I have painted the chip board type flooring and didn't swell either.
After the paint was dry, I applied a dark greenish/brown glaze that was thick like a gel. It also was an "oops" gallon. I rolled on the gel, and then I took plastic grocery bags and pounced them on the floor to give it a textured look. I only used one coat of gel.
Once that was dry, I rolled on two coats of a heavy duty poly---the only thing I paid full price for.
We've lived with this for three years now and it still looks good, AND it's in a very high traffic area of our home.
I hope that helps and I hope I made sense. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

aimee said...

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog! Yours is fantastic, I love all of your decor projects. I will be back! I'm adding you to my blog roll. :

Jen r. said...

These are so pretty! I love them! Jen R