This week my sisters and I are showing off projects we made with the same medium–paint sticks! I’m up first, and I’m excited to show you my paint stick project!
A few months ago my husband surprised me by bringing home a Singer sewing machine table that I had been drooling over at an antique store. The table top has been refurbished, but I still wanted to add a little bit of layering to it (I’m ALL about layering right now in my home design–layering rugs, pillows, etc) and I knew just what to make with my paint sticks–a table runner!
It’s exactly what I wanted–a patterned table runner that added some color and depth to the table. So let me show you exactly how I made it!
***TIP*** Paint sticks are free from basically any hardware store, but keep in mind when doing large-scale projects that stores may not be willing to hand out loads of paint sticks. I collected paint sticks from Lowes, Menards, The Home Depot, and Sherwin Williams. If you’re wanting free paint sticks, you need to be willing to collect a few at a time.
Paint sticks–I collected about 50 and didn’t use all of them
Duct tape–trust me, you want to use duct tape
Hot glue gun
Spray paint–I used gold
I chose to make a herringbone pattern for the table runner because it was simple and chic yet allowed for imperfections. For the pattern, I needed to cut the sticks in thirds (paint stick sizes can vary from store to store, but that didn’t matter for this project).
Meet Jim. He teaches Industrial Technology at my school and knows all things “shop.” He used this fancy machine to cut my paint sticks for me!
Once my paint sticks were cut to the same size, I started arranging them in the herringbone pattern. After I had set about six rows of design, I attached them to each other with duct tape. Yes, duct tape. Trust me–I tried EVERYTHING. Super glue, hot glue, wood glue, all kinds of adhesives. You want duct tape. It can be attached in both small and large segments and it keeps the sticks secure.
Once my entire design was created, I went over the entire piece in extra duct tape. Once I finished this step, those sticks weren’t going anywhere.
I then hot glued felt sheets onto the back of the runner. It had to be cut a bit to fit the design of the runner. The felt ensures that the runner won’t scrape my Singer table and just added some extra adhesion.
How fun is that design?!
All that was left was for me to paint it! I toyed with the idea of leaving it in its original wood form or even staining it, but I couldn’t resist painting it gold. I love using metallics in my home design, so gold was a natural choice.
Still working a little on the table styling, but I like the direction it’s going!
So what do you think? I’m in love with the final product!
Check back tomorrow to see my sister Lauren’s paint stick project! And leave us a comment telling us what you think of the table runner or if YOU have made anything with paint sticks!