Dress your table with this bold, graphic design, which makes a stunning focal point. Learn how to stencil a grand table runner for eye-catching results.
Skill level: Advanced beginner
Time needed: Two to three hours
Stencil Design: Download the Grand Table Runner Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Before you begin, follow the manufacturer's instructions to add fabric medium to the acrylic paint.
Step Two: Start at one end of the runner, positioning the stencil so the straight edge is centered. Tape off any excess pattern that does not fit into the point or sides. Stencil, working toward the middle of the runner. Stop before you reach the middle. Let the paint dry completely, and then flip the stencil over and align it to stencil the mirror image of the design.
Step Three: Repeat this process on the opposite end of the runner. When you reach the same place on both sides, determine how much or which parts of the pattern would make a pleasing look in the center. Mask the rest of the stencil, and stencil only the parts you want.
Step Four: For the border, position the set of two long stripes so the outer stripe is directly on the edge of the runner. Stencil both stripes all the way around the runner.
Next, mask off the runner inside the inner stripe while you stencil the perpendicular stripes. Start on a short edge of the runner, and position the stencil so it best fits the space. If necessary, use a piece of tape to create the miter at the point.
Adjust the fit of the stripes where they meet. (The registration of the stripe stencil is accomplished by aligning the first stripe of the stencil with the last stripe stenciled.)
You can change the look of your table runner by varying your use of color, and also by incorporating different shapes and patterns. These stencil variations will help spark your creativity:
Your kitchen can be the busiest room in your home. With these stencil projects, it can also be the most lovely. Whether you add a few small, personal touches or incorporate an overall theme, stencils provide a simple way to personalize and beautify your kitchen.
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