If you haven't noticed already, I'm sort a a DIY'er. I love doing things myself if it's at all possible. It's part frugality and part creativity coming through. I see things and think, "Oh yeah, I can do that!" Sometimes I think that drives me husband bonkers, but I think he also appreciates it as well.

Two years ago, we bought the home we now live in. Before we moved in the previous owner had the old yellow shag carpeting replaced. When we saw the new, we thought it was nice and didn't think much of it. But as time has gone on, I have come to loath this carpeting. It's a light colored, loopy carpet, (I know there is a name for it but that is beyond me at this moment). Having 5 people , and a dog, walking in and out and about probably doesn't help much, either. It's the heavy traffic areas that suffer the most. I admit, we wash our carpet probably about once a month in those heavy traffic areas.

The other day I cleaned the hallway, and was horrified when I emptied the canister. Let's just say, it wasn't pristine and the bathtub needed a good scrub after dumping it. As I was running the vac over it I couldn't help but think that if we had a runner in the hall, the carpet wouldn't get so nasty. And so I set to work!

I had $4 worth of burlap, and a canvas drop cloth.
The canvas would keep the dirt/juice/muck/kidstuff/miscellaneous goop off the carpet, and the burlap...well it's burlap. I like burlap. I think it's rustic and cute. (Think shabby chic/french decor-ish/farmhouse cute.)

I cut each to the length I wanted for the hallway and sewed them together down each side.

Then I taped off some stripes on each side, and painted them with some black acrylic paint I had hanging around. The stripes aren't perfectly filled in, but I think it adds to the charm of it. It's going to get beat up anyway! I let it dry, and applied carpet tape to the underside to keep it in place. And that's it!

Here's the best part...

Because I know how hard my family is on stuff, I get to replace this runner in a couple of months with something else! Next time I was thinking maybe a chevron pattern in bright yellow, or a fleur de lis. The possibilities are endless!

Transformation Thursday

A Crafty Soiree

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