Ready for a fun weekend?
Me too! Fun in the sun, hot dogs, hamburgers, iced tea and watermelon! I can’t wait!
I have a confession…
I’ve been wanting to make a tablescape for awhile but just never had the confidence that could pull it off…
but being that it’s the 4th of July…I thought why not use those red plates I bought for a Christmas dinner one year.
Well, to have a proper table scape you need some rock’n place mats and I didn’t…
but I do now. Want to learn how to make your own?
Keep reading 🙂
These white washed place mats are so easy and I think you will find they will be very versatile. I already have visions of beach tablescapes, nautical, french country, ho-down…just to name a few, I think the list might grow before this post is complete.
All of the materials needed to make these fun place mats where found in my home. The slats are just plain old shims used for leveling door frames, stirring paint and more. Their package says “thousands of uses” but they never thought of this use 🙂
the jute twine is pretty much a staple in my work shop so there’s always plenty for any project the pops into my head and for the paint, I just used plain ceiling paint. I seem to always have that hiding somewhere in my garage.
To get started select some shims, don’t worry about how they look. I found some where a bit warped, so I replaced those. I used eight shims for this project. Now shims are tapered at one end so I lay the slats alternating directions.
Don’t worry the plates don’t wobble…I promise.
Also don’t be too concerned about notches or holes in the shims. This adds to the distressed look and it might even lend itself to another use, you’ll see later 🙂
Next you dry brush the white ceiling paint onto the shims. Don’t worry about covering all of the the wood. This just helps to skip sanding for the distressed worn look. Unless you want to sand…I prefer not to.
Ceiling paint used in sparse amounts drys really fast so after you have painted 32 shims (I made four place mats) the first eight are ready for tying. I measure the length of twine needed by laying my twine across the slats. I leave a couple of inches at the end, then I add three more lengths of the area I will be tying. In others words with twine in each hand, pull in taunt from top to bottom as shown and then do that three more times, but the first measure has a little 2″ at the end.
Take your length of twine, place ends together and find the center of the twine, place that center fold over the top slat and tie as shown. I laid my slats so the thickest part of the shim is at the top left corner which will be where I begin to tie the twine. I don’t knot just tie like the first step of tying a shoe string. Then place the second slat on top of the twine that lays at the bottom of the tie. This helps the place mat to lie flat.
Continue until you’re at the end the just tie a knot then move to the other side (right side) repeating the same steps as on the left side. This side is much easier to do because the shims (slats) don’t move freely on the other side, so this side will go much quicker.
Now if you live in Texas like me, you can see how some blue paint on the left side with a white star and some red paint on the top four slats would make an awesome Texas Flag…
a square field of blue with stars in the top left corner, alternate red and white slats and you could have a replica of the US Flag. Now that perfectly placed hole in the slat could be used to hang your awesome flag.