Wednesday, December 19, 2012

French Grainsack Inspired

I adore French grainsacks.
Their neutral color and that bold set of stripes.

 

 I was thinking about a grainsack tablecloth
 and really wanted a big one for that big 9 foot long dining table we have
but when they are that big- they tend to cost a chunk.
So I thought I would try to make a faux grainsack tablecloth
with a drop cloth and a little red paint.


 I am not the first person to try this method ~
 so there are probably much better tutorials out there if you search.
I didn't follow a tutorial- I just winged it- and this is how I made this one. 

I started with a large drop cloth- in a 9x12 size 
I washed it and dried it twice to soften it a bit and then laid it out on the table.


 I used  masking tape and taped each 'stripe' down the length of it
 I decided on just 2 stripes for simplicity.
You can pick up thicker or thinner tape depending on the size of the lines you would like.
I used 1" masking tape.

I taped down the whole length of the dropcloth
for one whole line- being careful to keep it straight- and then taped the next line alongside, etc.

A tube of  Martha Stewart craft paint in Christmas Red and an old brush came next.
I simply dabbed the paint on the striped areas~ stippling it a bit more than brushing it.
(which is more like dotting it than brushing it) 
I didn't apply it heavy- I wanted somewhat faded looking lines.


The paint dried pretty quickly and then it was onto the next section.
The whole project probably only took about 45 minutes to complete.


Simple. Easy.
Much less expensive than a grainsack this size
and it gives me the look I wanted for a tablecloth and for somewhere else I used it
;)
More to come...


I wanted to share something fun and exciting from the Sears Cheer Headquarters today too!

Are you familiar with the
Sears Cheer Tree & Headquarters
It's a fun place over at Sears.com where Ty Pennington and George Hirsch
are sharing their decorating tips and tidbits.
 I am super excited to share that my Christmas bedroom from last year and a few photos
 and tidbits of my own are being shared over on the Sears Cheer Tree this week!



56 comments:

  1. Wow, that turned out wonderfully, Courtney! The way you applied the paint definitely gave it that older grain sack look.

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  2. Love your all post-it's beautiful dream!!!
    xoxo...by Vicky

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  3. Genius! What a fun project. Happy Holidays to you Courtney. Ciao Rita

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  4. Beautiful Courtney! I am going to give this a try.I have used this method on a bag but not as a tablecloth.Your tablescape is beautiful too!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. Love the tablecloth..going to make one for my table soon. I'm traditional when it comes to Christmas decor, but I've been wanted to go more nature inspired and decorate with less. Best advice is to use things around you...pinecones, branches, etc.
    magdalenag62@gmail.com

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  6. One of my favorite ways to embrace the holidays is

    "The whole world involved in a conspiracy of love."

    I have stenciled this on a canvas and pinned it to inspiration boards. It cuts across religious and cultural boundaries and sets a tone for peace.

    michele

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  7. Very cute. I have been wanting to try that too.

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  8. How wonderful, I can't wait to try!!!!!~ Thanks!

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  9. I love your tablecloth, great idea, I think I will borrow the idea only in black for my dinning room.

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  10. Love this idea. I really like to use alternative containers with several smaller trees in a grouping. I have used old wooden ice cream churner, crocks, urns...

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  11. Okay, IM off to get me a drop cloth now!!

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  12. Received this quote framed as a gift one year and it is displayed every Christmas since:
    Make merry and be glad of heart
    These cherry Christmas hours,
    For winter-time will soon depart
    And Spring bring back the flowers.
    Clifton Bingham
    It reminds me that from cold and darkness, life and warmth will return.
    Patty/BC

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  14. Magnifique votre nappe ,trés chic !! Merci pour vos belles créations .Génial ,c'est une belle idée .

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  15. You just inspired me....I brought two old chairs to do up and found the price of grain sacks out of my reach and I thought what will I do. After reading what you did is the best idea, and I will be doing the same for my chairs, cant wait. Thank you.
    Best wishes
    Kerry

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  16. You just inspired me....I brought two old chairs to do up and found the price of grain sacks out of my reach and I thought what will I do. After reading what you did is the best idea, and I will be doing the same for my chairs, cant wait. Thank you.
    Best wishes
    Kerry

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  17. What a brilliant idea, I just purchased two chairs to do up and wanted grain sacks, but there just out of my price range, so I will be doing this for my chairs its the best idea.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful idea.
    Best wishes
    Kerry

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  18. My theme this year is "It's a Magical Time". I've used whites, neutrals with pops of red/greens and lots of lighting to get the magic. Courtney I love that tablecloth. After Christmas I'm headed out to get a drop cloth and see what I can do with it.

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  19. I will be trying this idea for my shop. Thanks so much for inspiring me. I love the grain sack look too. YOUR blog is amazing. God bless YOU ...and Have a Merry Christmas

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  20. WOW...that looks great! You make it look so easy. I just read about your gorgeous home in Romantic Country magazine. Congratulations!! Christmas Blessings to you, Gail

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  21. Courtney, this is amazing!!! I'm going to try this after Christmas! Your table is stunning!!!

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  22. The tablecloth is beautiful! I like to add something personal from each family member to our Christmas tree. This year our tree includes my dads collection of vintage pocket watches. Happy Holidays!

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  23. darling! love the bit of red:) this christmas i realized feather boas fill in a sparse looking tree perfectly:) have a happy christmas, courtney!

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  24. Your tablecloth looks great, Courtney. My best Christmas decorating advise would be to re-imagine what you have. You can make just about anything festive with a little paint, reconfiguration, or glitter.

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  25. I've been dying to make one of these, for a particularly ugly chair in our family room! Right now I have the plain dropcloth on it, fastened with upholstery pins. Yours is perfect!

    Kathleen
    Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}

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  26. Une idée très ingénieuse... et le résultat est magnifique. Une très jolie nappe pour un jour de fête.

    Gros bisous à vous et joyeuses fêtes.

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  27. Awesome idea Courtney and it looks just beautiful! Congrats on the incredible Sears feature!! So thrilled for you! :-)
    Vanessa

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  28. What a great idea. I've never thought of making a large tablecloth this way. I made a small table runner last month and I love it. Loved it even more after I washed it in hot water. It faded the red a little more to give it the worn look that I love.

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  31. What a great idea to create this look for a tablecloth.

    My advice is to use what you have...silver, jars for votives tied with twine, egg cups and other repurposed items, some fresh greens and things from nature. Add a little something new every year...that makes you happy.

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  32. Great job on the table cloth. You are the clever one. Smiles, Susie

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  33. Our family loves to drive around looking at Christmas lights, while listening to Christmas music and enjoying hot chocolate from Starbucks. :)

    PS- LOVE your tablecloth idea!!

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  34. One of our family traditions, turning on our Christmas lights for the first time on Thanksgiving night, has become a community event. Several neighbors participate now, and we all gather and enjoy each others' lights with hot chocolate and desserts.
    Lovely tablecloth!

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  35. In order to make your decorations appear planned and not just haphazard, decide on a basic color scheme, and add some of each of your color pallette in each decoration will give the "air" of a professional.

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  36. I really love the look of french look! We have an old house and I think it looks good in older houses.

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  37. I love holiday decorating around a color theme. Everything looks so elegant in similar tones.

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  38. Wonderfully done Courtney!

    Adding beautiful bows of higher end ribbon (in satin brocade, or velvet) consistently in holiday decor takes it up a notch!

    Love and Hugs
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  39. Looks great Courtney - thanks for sharing!!! Can you wash this though - with the craft paint?? Would live this idea - just worry about some Christmas wine or treats staining the cloth ��

    Cortney

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  40. Beautiful tablecloth, Courtney! Love the red stripes.

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  41. Oh wow! I love it, it looks awesome, just like an authentic grain sack! You're so clever! Cool that you were featured too, but that's no surprise, your house is incredible...

    Cindy

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  42. Courtney.......that is a marvelous tablecloth.....I think I have to try it out also....thanks for the idea....

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  43. You blog wonders are fabulous.....I am getting more than my fair share of cool ideas. Making sure my printer has enough ink to print out everything. Have a merry Christmas...susan

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  44. Love it. I like to use milk glass and branches from my yard and pinecones from my neighbors.

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  45. Love it. I like to use greenery from my yard and pine cones from my neighbors.

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  46. I love your tablecloth! What a fun and easy idea! I am hoping to try this sometime...might have to wait till the new year, though!
    Allison

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  47. I enjoyed visiting your blog and thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  48. Congrats on the Sears feature! My decorating advice is to pair fresh greens with items you already have on hand like pitchers or bowls. Toss in a few ornaments for added color. Super easy and economical. By the way - I love your dropcloth tablecloth. Great idea!

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  49. Love it! I'm always amazed at your creativity! it looks beautiful!
    xoxo,
    Shellagh

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