Steven and I had some friends over for dinner a few weeks ago, and it struck me as I was preparing for their visit: I have NO tablecloths (besides plastic art covers), no napkins, not even a centerpiece to use for even a modest table spread. I guess what that really says is that we don’t have guests over as often as we’d like to. Ahem. I’m sure we’ll fix that too this year. So, for dinner that night, I grabbed a spare piece of fabric I had upstairs and threw it on the table…literally. “After tonight,” I thought,”I will definitely remedy the problem of not having any table dressing.” And last week, I got to work.
I sewed up the ends of that fabric remnant I “threw” on the table that night, giving it a finished look. Then, I grabbed my ALWAYS- inspiring craft book by one of my favorite Swedish designers, Lotta Jansdotter, called Stencils. She makes it so easy and look so pretty! I’m always in love!
I already had these great fabric paints from a clearance sale at Michael’s when we used to live in Florida. I’ve used them to stencil many things, but predominantly t-shirts, curtains, pot holders, bags, and more t-shirts (using freezer paper stenciling method).
I made an easy STENCILING TUTORIAL just for you (using plastic film), while I made my own table runner and cloth napkins (out of muslin fabric): ….for a freezer paper stenciling tutorial, go HERE.
Here is what Lilly’s closet looked like before. Two hanging bars, with storage behind. Amy simply
transferred Lilly’s hanging clothes to a new location, and began the awesome transformation to a playroom.
Amy repainted the closet in a pretty light blue, added hanging hooks around the sides, stenciled
these shabby chic looking stencils all around (LOVE this!!!!), and added some very special details.