OMG YA’LL. This project was shared on the Today Show’s website! What the what? Why can’t I do a live, on camera, demo with Hoda, drink wine, while we discuss table runners and such? I would probably fall over from nervousness but a gal can dream.
Last week when I revealed my dining room table makeover I got tons of questions about the weathered wood table runner featured in the room! Restoration Hardware has made a weathered wood driftwood finish so popular lately and I have been dying to hack their technique. This little project was so simple to make and made a huge impact on the table I can’t wait for you to try it out for yourself!
First of all, let’s address an obvious question – who decided table runners should be made of fabric? Don’t they adorn tabletops? Where food is consumed? And kids sit? A wooden table runner fixes a lot of those problems plus gives some nice texture and a place to prop items up for added dimension to your table.
First, have a piece of wood cut to any size you want for your table. I bought this laminated pine and had about 12 inches cut off of the standard length of 72 inches. Did you know that Home Depot does free single cuts? Take advantage of this service and have them cut it to size in the store instead of dragging it home and bugging your hubs to cut it for you.
Laminated pine was a good choice because it was super cheap and it is made of real pine but considered “laminated” because 2 inch pieces of pine are glued together to make one large piece of wood. The cuts in the wood gave a butcher block effect and lots of interest once I painted it.
When deciding what wood to purchase for this project consider the grain of the wood and make sure it’s something you want to enhance with this technique.
I chose to paint the runner in Trophy, a gorgeous dark gray color, to give a weathered wood finish.
I mixed 1 tablespoon of Trophy with 3 tablespoons of water so when I brushed it on it applied similar to a stain rather than an opaque paint.
Once I painted the entire surface I sealed it with Hemp Oil. It protects the painted finish and enhances the color. If the runner starts looking dull down the road I can always wipe on another coat of Hemp Oil. Hemp Oil is one of my favorite finishes of all-time. If I paint a piece with Milk Paint 99% of the time I seal it with Hemp Oil. I also talk a lot about hemp oil in my book. I love it so much I want to rub it on my body. Mmmmm… Think it would make a good stretch mark cream? Ha!
Instead of using Trophy I think Curio would also make an beautiful walnut finish runner like I painted these picture frames. Artissimo and Luckett’s Green would also be fun colors to make a runner out of. Would it be weird to have a different wooden runner for each month of the year?
This project is so simple and perfect for upcoming holidays. I can see my Thanksgiving feast being spread out on this runner or finger foods during football games. It’s like a mini-stage for the food display!
What do you think about the weathered wood driftwood trend?