I wish I could afford real French linen, but since I can't, I decided to make my own imitation. I saw the idea for painting a tablecloth in Country Living Magazine and Flea Market Style. I believe one used a drop cloth and one used burlap. I really wanted the look and feel of linen, so I chose osnaburg fabric that I got at JoAnn's Fabrics.
I cut a piece of fabric the width of the table and about 12 inches longer.
I sewed a hem around the edges...
Measured and taped where I wanted the stripes...
And then painted with a mixture of acrylic paint and textile medium. The textile medium makes the paint washable.
I tested two different paint methods. First I just painted a solid stripe with a paintbrush. Then I used a stencil brush and pouncing method. I chose the stenciling - more of the fabric showed through and it had more of an aged look.
Then lots more measuring and taping to get three stripes on each side.
A faux French linen table runner for just a few dollars.
I'm thinking pillows, basket liners,...
I'll be joining a few parties.
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