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Every now and then, I get an urge to decorate our little home. My kids make a sport out of spilling red juice on anything, and everything in our house that cannot be washed. Everything we own is either an updated piece of used furniture, a hand-me-down, super cheap, or has the ability to be thrown in the washer or wiped down. I have tried several times to add a runner to our dining room table, or placemats. Every time I do, the kids destroy them. I could try harder to force the kids to only have drinks in the dining room, but there’s not a chance in hell I could convince the big kids to drink out of a cup with a lid- even if they spill their drinks just as much as the littles. Although, I will say, the spills are a little less frequent with tervis cups with lids (which even the big kids can use. Heck, I even use a lid every now and then!)..
Anyhow, I have been dying to add something to the table since I refinished it a while ago. I love using burlap, but I kind of wanted just a little more to it than straight burlap. In the past, I have used burlap as a table runner, and it works great because it adds some extra texture to the table, it’s cheap, and it’s neutral. Those times, I just purchased a few yards of burlap, and cut it myself. This time, I purchased a burlap table runner. Seriously, this couldn’t have made things easier. It was still super cheap, and it took me 20 minutes, and that included stopping twice to wipe wild thing #4’s butt- so clearly, it wasn’t difficult.
DIY whitewashed burlap table runner
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- Mix paint and a splash of water in a cup to thin it out a little bit. I shouldn’t be super thin though. Maybe like watered down yogurt.
- Work in sections focusing on the edges. I wasn’t going for perfection. I painted some spots thicker than others. Once my brush was basically dried out, I continue to paint around that area until there was nothing left on the brush.
- Use a wet sponge to wipe off the area you just painted. This will blend the paint, and make the white more “washed” and less harsh.
- Check on your kids or wipe butts…
- Repeat steps two and three until you’re done.
- Let it dry, and you’re done!I love how it turned out, it’s just a subtle difference from the original runner, but added some texture to the table.Plus, when my kids destroy it (and they will), I won’t be ticked that I spent so much time on it!
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