My heart is heavy for the people in Boston this morning. The lives that were devastatingly altered yesterday…. there simply are no words. None. And so instead I’m going to draw my family close, sit a little longer with friends and share something completely superficial and frivolous with you here… just because it makes me smile. Enjoy the people precious to you and pray for those in Boston.
One of the things on my wish list for 2013 is to paint our dining room table.
It was given to us before we were married and it has seen us through hundreds of occasions in the last 20 years. From our very first dinner party to countless DIY projects, this table has seen it all. And in a lot of ways it shows it.
But in an effort to keep my family sane and to stay focused on the three other projects we’ve got going on right now, I’ll wait to update it. Instead, I decided to whip up a new table runner. Here I mentioned that I prefer a table runner to a table cloth. For our busy family, it just makes more sense. But this time, instead of using a scarf, I decided to make my own runner.
The biggest challenge for this little project was finding the right fabric. I was looking for a bold blue to contrast with the oak table and flowers I plan to display. However, we don’t have a lot of blues in our living and dining room and most of what we do have is a robin egg blue. Finding the right design was going to be tricky.
So much like The Dating Game, I had to interview a few candidates.
Fabric #1: Has both dark and light blue with pops of green.
The design and colors are bright and upbeat, but it’s not quite right for the space. It still makes me smile and I have a feeling it will turn up somewhere else in our home.
Fabric #2: Tyson picked this one out and it has a totally different vibe.
The colors work within the room, the pattern is graphic and more masculine. But it’s too subtle for the table. At least for the look I’m going for. We still like it, so I’m sure it’ll make an appearance somewhere else in our house too.
Fabric #3: Hello, Gorgeous!
This Robert Allen fabric was love at first sight! Bold Color – check. Graphic Print – check. Good contrast against the oak table – check. It ties in nicely with the other elements in the room and is everything I had hoped for. It’s a beautiful thing when you find just the right fabric!
To get started, I purchased a half yard of fabric. Standard runners are about 14″ wide so I figured after squaring up the sides and hemming the edges I would be right around that size.
Can I just pause here and show you the back of this fabric?
Polka Dots! How great is that?! I’m not sure that I’ve seen fabric with such decorative detailing on the underside before. I love it almost as much as the front.
To create the runner, I used my favorite fusible tape to help me create a quick hem. Fold over the raw edge once with tape.
Press with iron.
Repeat so that all the raw edges are folded in.
Then to finish everything off, I added a simple stitch around the border with my machine. This last step isn’t necessary, but I thought it would be a nice way to reinforce the whole thing.
The table runner was exactly the bright new accent I was looking for as we head into spring.
… and crimson tulips.
It’s been such a cheery addition to our dining room, especially on some of our gray, rainy days. And I can’t wait to see how it looks with the table when we finally get a chance to update that piece too.
What are you doing to get ready for spring? Have you made any recent purchases that brighten your day? Are there any new projects that you are eager to get to?
Also, I want to say a huge thank you to those that joined in the Link-up Party. I was pretty pleased with this first event and I hope to do it again soon. However, for those that are interested, the party is still going on until midnight tonight. So if you have a Favorite Find to share, feel free to link away here!