Rustic Wood Table Runner

14 Materials
2 Days

I wanted something fun for my table this year. Even though it will be used for the first time during our Thanksgiving dinner I made it so it could be used throughout the entire year.

The estimated cost of this project is assuming you already have a cutting machine and most of the materials. I had most everything at home left over from different projects. The only thing I purchased were the handles.

The first thing is to cut a wood piece to size, sand and stain it I have a nice, long table so I cut mine 4 ft long. The wood is a 1x8 piece of pine.

I also used 2 pieces for each end that will include a handle...just for looks. These pieces are 3 inches wide and the same length as the wood runner piece.

I love to stencil and I thought some text on this piece would be fun. I used my (affiliate link) Silhouette Cameo to create a "Let's Eat" stencil. There is a video on the blog if you would like to see how I added the stencil to the wood runner using transfer tape. That is the best way to get perfect results every time.

These are the stencils before the backing is removed. First I added the transfer tape on the top.

Then peel off the backing and stick it to the piece. Make sure it is even and centered.

Then it is ready for paint.

I used white paint. I started with a stencil brush but did not like the brush marks so I went over it again with a regular, small paint brush.

Once you remove the stencil, you have perfectly painted text!

Then I added the two end pieces and the fun handles. I like the chunky handles for a fun, rustic, farmhouse look.

What do you think? I just love it.

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3 questions
  • Denise Maruszczak
    on Nov 13, 2018

    Hi I would really like to try this but don't understand how you did the end bits?

    • Jean
      on Dec 3, 2019

      I just made a similar runner using an old shutter. Now my cats can’t pull the runner and everything on it off onto the floor. 😊

  • Darla
    on Nov 23, 2018

    Did you varnish

  • Sue
    on Dec 3, 2019

    Could you explain transfer tape to me please, I've not heard of it?? Thank you

    • Michelle James
      on Dec 3, 2019

      Hi Sue. After the stencil is cut but still has the backing on it you place clear transfer tape over the top. When you remove the backing from the vinyl you are left with the vinyl and the transfer tape. Now you can place the vinyl down where you want it then remove the transfer tape. It is a huge help to get the design placed correctly. I made a video for it. Here is the link.

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