Saturday, May 19, 2012

DIY Vintage French Linens look-alike

 Okay blog, I know that I've neglected you a little this week.  But I swear I had good reasons!  I have been doing lots of physical therapy, and I had one of those days where I was at the school four times in the same day for things like recorder concerts.  I don't know about you, but there's just nothing like a good recorder concert in my book.  Bwahahahaaha! 
 Anyway, I was running some errands the other day and I came across something called patterning tape by Martha Stewart Crafts.  It rocked my world a little bit as I stood there debating whether or not I should fork over the $6.99 for it.  (I'm happy that I did.) Basically, it's very narrow painter's tape.  The possibilities are endless but I knew what I wanted it for immediately. 
 You see, I had decided to do a little decorating for Memorial day (which I never do, and then I forget about putting any patriotic items out for Independence day until about July 1st and can't understand why the flag-displaying season is so short.)  So as I was filling a bucket with sand and putting my little flags into it, I started thinking about how fun it would be to have some vintage French linens- like a table runner.  (And you know they cost an arm and a leg.) I thought about the fact that I could just try to make one... and that was probably a good idea anyway because my table is super long. 
The specifics: I purchased some linen material, cut it to size, and laid a piece of brown paper underneath it.  Then I carefully measured and pressed down my tape, creating lines in which to paint.  Once I had pressed down the tape with a brayer, I began applying Folk Art acrylic paint in the color "skyline" in between the tape with a basic paint brush.  I wasn't sure at this point if it was going to work, and the blue was a little bright.  I laid the whole thing outside in the sunshine to warm and dry.  I knew it would dry stiff, but I figured a washing would remove some of the paint for an aged appearance, and fade it slightly.  I tossed it into my washing machine and washed it on cold, and then dried it.  I had planned on sewing the edges but I liked the fraying, raw edges so I left it as is. 
  It turned out exactly as I hoped it would.  (Oh look... a little cutie eating dessert in her jammies!)
  It was super easy and quick, and runners are so much more functional than tablecloths.  Plus I hate to cover up the barn wood top of my table, and the runner adds just a little softness to it.  Love!!
 And speaking of love... I gathered some fresh herbs that were flowering and made little bouquets in pitchers.  I don't know why I never did this before. Not only are they cute, but they smell amazing!
I took these photos because they were so pretty. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


likeschocolate said...

Love it!

cRAISEycakes said...


slip4 said...

I am so impressed by your table runner. It's wonderful!!

Mary said...

i am SMITTEN with french linens! yours looks GREAT!
thanks for reminding me to pull out my flags, too, girl!
have a great weekend!

ps...i did the same thing with herbs...LOVE!

Christy said...

Ok I have got to make that runner!

Kristin said...

Wow, what a great idea Sasha! I love french linens, but as you said, they are quite pricey. This is a fabulous alternative! Wondering if you set the paint with anything, or just painted it on and washed it?

Janice Willis said...

Oh I love that runner!!! I adore linen and natural tones
Thanks for Sharing - wonder if it's available at micheals and could us a coupon for that $7 roll of tape ???

Cheryl said...

Oh wow, I was planning on going to Micharls already today. 40 percent coupon in hand. Thanks for the inspiration.

Donna said...

You are all over the patriotic holidays this year! It looks great...really great.

Christy said...

That looks amazing! I love your herb and flower bouquets too!

Erin McG said...

Love the runner, love the flowers, love eating dessert in my jammies... love, love, love.

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Love the table runner!! Great job!

Jensamom23 said...

Beautiful runner and such a simple project. The herbs are so pretty in the house. I use them on tables when we entertain outside, but never inside....wonder why. I'm a dork.

Farmgirl Paints said...

did you see the new runner in country living? it's like a big ruler made from drop clothe. i immediately thought of you. and that you should make them and send me one! ha!! love you creative genius:)

coastal femme said...

This came out great.. love it and will try to do it myself.

jociegal said...

This looks GREAT! You always have such lovely and well executed ideas. I hope you are well!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Jociegal, I've missed you!!!! :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Wait, really?? I don't ever read that magazine and I have no idea why!!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

your sheets are the bomb diggity. that runner? awe-mazing. just like everything you create!!!

Alicia said...

i just read becky's comment and laughed out loud!!! was so gonna tell you about that ruler table runner...i'm so making one! also, there's a different table runner that looks like they adorable one you made...i love it!
and you just used acrylic paint? not fabric paint? i'm going to have to try to make french linens too!! if you don't mind, that is :)

storyteller said...

I love this idea! But you know what I love even more? THOSE SHEETS and LAMP! Care to share where I could find those? said...

I love the look of french linens in the kitchen. Great project! I have the same lamp shade, and I HATE it in my living room. Maybe it wants to go live in my bedroom. Love your photos!

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