DIY Rustic Chalkboard Christmas Table Runner
Oh Christmas Table Scape. How you have eluded me all of this time.
Today is your day in the Griffith house oh coveted Christmas tables decor.
In the wise words of Wayne’s World: “It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.”
It started with this Weathered Wood Wooden Table Runner back from 2014. ERMEHGAH. It was even featured on The Today Show’s website. Which increased the sentimental points of this project by eight million times.
But after not-so-carefully painting a project on top of this “coveted table runner”, I was left with no choice but to revamp it.
I mean, I can’t pass these random white marks off as purposeful hand drawn designs.
I wanted to create something a little more holiday specific. The versatility of a faux chalkboard finish seemed like a great solution.
I painted on a quick coat of Black Bean by Heirloom Traditions Paint using my Best Chalk Brush. Even though this runner had been previously sealed in Hemp Oil I was still able to paint right over the old finish without any prep.
I applied only one coat of paint and it was dry in about 30 minutes. I painted on a quick coat and then pondered how I would paint the edges of table without ruining that too.
Here is real life DIY while your child plays by your feet. I propped the wooden runner on top of two bar stools and painted the edges of the wood in my pajamas. Next time you see me painting on a Facebook Live Video with full makeup and lipstick just know that is not always the case.
Next I purchased a collection of hand drawn Doodle Clip Art from Etsy for $6 to transfer onto the runner with transfer paper. You can find the Doodle Clip Art on Etsy here.
I dug out my graphite transfer paper in from craft supply stash and found it in a wadded hot mess.
Why would I put this paper back in place like a piece of trash??? I’m just going to give myself some grace, chalk it up to having a bad day, and flatten this baby out the best that I can.
With a printed out design from my Etsy purchase, a ball point pen, graphite transfer paper, and a Bistro Chalk Marker I started creating my festive branches on each corner of the wooden runner.
Of course I had to incorporate my Christmas inspired succulent centerpiece. I wanted a little bit more of a hand brushed look on my traced-on branches so I added a quick coat of A La Mode by Heirloom Traditions Paint.
To add a little flair to the centerpiece I added this West Elm wreath I just grabbed on clearance the other day.
I loved the wreath but the size wasn’t quite right. I needed something a bit chunkier so I grabbed my faux cotton wreath that I used last fall.
Yep, the cotton wreath was the perfect scale and added a more natural look I was hoping for for.
I snipped some sprigs of a red berry bush from out front flower bed. I have spent hours googling what kind of bush this is – mainly wondering if it’s poisonous. I found red berries on my floor for days after setting up this merry little centerpiece. I have settled on the fact that it’s an Elderberry Bush – and not toxic. Let’s cross my fingers that I’m right. (PS: Gardening friends If you know what this bush is please let me know!)
My friend, Jessica, handed down a pair of silver Pottery Barn hurricane candlesticks she was no longer using.
In the words of Maya Angelou: “A true friend never lets good home decor go to waste.”
Okay, Maya Angelou never said these wise words of home decor wisdom, but I bet she thought it, when her friends handed down candlesticks to her.
I threw the candlesticks in the mix, even though I don’t have a stick shaped candle to my name.
I try to pick up a kissing ball each Christmas. I love to hang some of them from my dining room chandelier. I also hang some from the ladder pot rack in my kitchen.
My two year old placed one of his cars on the wet paint while it was drying but I’m thinking it gives it some additional rustic charm. If you think otherwise, feel free to keep it to yourself. =)
This runner would be great to flip over and paint a different springtime or summer-inpsired design on the back so you can rotate it out throughout the seasons. Mmmm…. Pretty sure I’m gonna implement that idea.
Also can we admire my Christmas Mani? Beauty bloggers hold bottles of nail polish so show off manicures. I guess DIYers choose hand-me-down candlesticks as a more appropriate way to show off our digits.
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