I knew I wanted to put a runner in the upstairs hallway since I ripped up the carpet, but when I went looking at all my usual haunts I was left disappointed. I couldn’t find one long enough, or in the right colors, or at the right price. The best one I found was quite nice at TJ Maxx, but at $50 I decided against it.
Instead of buying something, I wanted to challenge myself to make one from supplies I already had on hand.
Here’s what I used:
- Drop cloth
- A roll of cabinet liner (looks like a carpet pad)
- Acrylic paints leftover from various projects
- Paint brush
First I cut my runner to size to match the cabinet liner, which was about 21 inches by 6 ft and hemmed the unfinished edges. I got out my Casablanca stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and laid it out.
Check out my foot in the corner there haha. I got to the very end, but ran out of paint before I could do the border so I had to pick up a tube of “coffee bean” to finish things off. After everything was dry, I sanded the painted areas to give it a bit of a distressed/casual look. I’m not planning on putting a top coat on because I want it to wear a bit more. I’ll probably wash it a few times also. Right now it’s just laying on top of the liner which is working fine, but I may end up tacking it down with some fabric glue.
Here’s the runner now in our new hallway. Everything is really coming together in there now!
Pssst…wondering what’s up with the floor? Click here to read about it.