Washing, Cutting & Giving Burlap Purpose {A Table Runner “How To”}…

What You Will Need for This Project…

  1. Your favorite Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan
  2. Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  3. Stencil & Stenciling Brush
  4. Clean Rag
  5. Burlap {I used 3 yards for my table, measure for your needs}
  6. Embroidery Thread & Large Needle
  7. Scissors
  8. Iron & Ironing Board
  9. Detergent & Bleach
  10. Painter’s Tape


How I Wash Burlap…

I’ve tried a number of methods to wash burlap & really haven’t noticed any difference, so since I’m crazy impatient… I go with the Quick Wash, recommended amount/type of detergent for my washer & bleach. If there is still a chemical smell {which almost all burlap has}, I run it through another Quick Wash before drying.

If your project does’t call for paint, then add the recommended amount/type of liquid fabric softener to your wash.

Your burlap will look like this, but don’t worry it irons out easily on max setting. Some people prefer to hang dry their burlap… I prefer to dry it to help remove some of the lint.


Be sure to remove this from your lint filter!


So this is one step where “Quick” just doesn’t cut it! Slow & Steady wins the race!

Once you’ve determined the width you would like for your runner, slowly pull one thread from the burlap & then pull a second directly next to it. Remember… Slow & Steady!

If you rush, your thread will break!


Once you’ve removed both threads, you will see a “scissor trail”… Cut directly down the center of it for the perfect burlap cut! Repeat this step on the other side & ends to even them up.


Cut directly down the center of the  “scissor trail”.


At this point, I was so excited about adding the red detail that I forgot to document the “fringe step”. Not to worry though; all you need to do is remove threads one at a time until you have your desired fringe length. Repeat this step, taking out the same number of threads on each side of your project.


Once you’re ready for detail, determine the placement & weave your needle under/over pulling the thread through.


After you’ve finished the threaded detail… It’s time for stenciling! Just place your stencil where you’re gonna love it & use a little tape to secure it. Do Not use Stencil Adhesive! I repeat… Do Not use Stencil Adhesive {said the voice from projects past}!

Load your stencil brush with a little of your favorite Chalk Paint® {I used Annie Sloan Pure White}, tap tap on a paper towel to remove any excess & tap tap in the stencil, reloading as you go to get the desired coverage {another step I did not document… where are the kids or the man when I need them to snap a photo of me “tap tapping”? lol}.


Get a little bit of Annie Sloan Clear Wax on your rag, work it in & remove any excess as you go. Don’t worry… the wax Does Not make the burlap hard; it will be just as supple as the rest of the washed burlap.


Now for the best part of this project… Add it to your space with a few of your favorite things, use it… Love it!


The width of your average burlap will yield approximately three runners… Make a couple for friends while you’re at it!


We would love to see what you make, so email us photos with all the details & you may see them posted here on the blog or our Facebook page!


Black Swan Bazaar Fancy Flea Offerings Cont.

Good morning everyone, it’s a new day, and as promised, here are the rest of the painted and/or repurposed pieces we will offer at this Saturday’s Fancy Flea in downtown Lakeland.  For those of you who are just joining us, we are previewing new pieces that we have done for the Flea so that our customers will have a chance to see and/or purchase them before they are gone.  We posted photos of 7 pieces in the last post (yesterday) so just go to that post if you want to catch up.  If you have a question about a piece or wish to purchase one, just call us at the shop (Black Swan Bazaar: 863-510-5980).  Today’s pieces are shown below.


These are two message or note boards made from old sash windows and strung with twine.  Very cool. Continue reading

How To: Vintage Looking Message Board

If you have an old picture frame lying around, you have a good start on a really cool message board.  In this case, we started with the gold picture frame pictured.  As you can see it looks rather dated, so we decided to give it a little character by using Annie Sloan paint (Old White) to create the look of an aged patina. Once the frame’s look was where it needed to be, we cut out the body of the message board to fit the frame. Continue reading