When I chose to paint the dine-in library a dark moody color, I wished our dining table was either white or warm, rustic wood, not dark dark dark black-brown. I still love the size and shape of our table so I definitely wanted to work with it in the room. In hopes of helping it stand out against the dark walls, I decided to DIY a simple bold striped table runner. (You might recognize the fabric from Charley's floor pillow.)
I don't even have step by step pics for ya because it all happened so fast and it was that easy. I cut the fabric to size and used liquid stitch to hem all four sides. I would have hemmed it with a sewing machine if I hadn't jammed it so. terribly. bad. (Note to self: Fix the sewing machine). Once all four sides were "hemmed" I used the liquid stitch to add white pom pom ribbon to the short ends. The ribbon was also leftover from my niece's doll bed project. That means I spent zero dollars on this quick project!
I love the look of a tray in the center of a big table, filled with all kinds of stuff. Every time I browse West Elm's catalog, I check out their lacquer trays, especially the gold one. I decided to save the $32 and give an unused red tray a new look.
We've had this red plastic tray from Target for a few years, but rarely use it. I was sure a little gold Rustoleum spray paint (and a coat of polyurethane for protection) would give it the look that I was after.
And it did! It doesn't even look plastic to me anymore. I topped it with a couple books, a ceramic jar, a plant and a few cloth napkins. I was going for a casual cozy look, the same look that I wanted this whole room to capture.
So anyone using old fabric for a new project? Or turing a cheap looking item into something a little more glamorous? All you need is a little liquid stitch and spray paint apparently. Pin It