Zara Home Inspired Striped Table Runner

Zara Home Inspired table runner - Brave New HomeWelcome back to the second installation of Knock Out Knock Offs, a series where six of us bloggers each adapt an off-the-shelf item from a favorite store!

Knock Out Knock Offs logoAmy – Delineate Your Dwelling / Tasha – Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body /  Katie – Upcyled Treasure / Brynne – The Gathered Home / Ashley – Bigger Than the Three of Us

Typically, I love Zara Home but their current line is all beachy and tropical which is about as far away from my style as you can get.  I was hitting a road block in terms of what I could make that I would actually use so I stepped back and focused instead on my own style.

What could work with lots of whites, natural woods and modern pieces?  I could see this table runner doing the trick.


I don’t do a lot of tablescapes (the first and last one I did was in fall) so I thought this would be a fun little project that could push me out of my comfort zone a bit but still allow me to be authentic to my style.   burlap fabricI started with some burlap that I had tacked on to an online fabric order to meet the minimum purchase for free shipping.  It was so affordable and I’ve seen so many crafts using it I thought it would be a safe bet to add to my crafting arsenal.ironing out burlap wrinklesI started with giving my burlap a good ironing so I could paint on some nice straight stripes.taping burlap fabricThen I got to taping.  Seriously, I need to check if Costco sells blue painter’s tape in bulk cause I swear I go through this stuff like no other.using yellow green paintI was pretty excited to finally be able to use one of the the test pots I had bought on a whim almost a year ago.  I love this bright yellow green color!mixing colors for a painterly affectPart of what I liked so much about the original Zara Home table runner was its painterly stripes so I was sure to incorporate some of that into my design as well by showing a mix of colors.painting stripesMake sure you line your burlap with something underneath while you’re painting.  The paint definitely will bleed through.  closeup of runnerSince the lighting in our dining room is probably the worst in the whole house, I created a little outdoor setup in our new on burlap runnerAnak thought this was some little pretend coffee station I had setup especially for him.  Usually, he’d be right cause I always get these cooky ideas to create sensory experiences but not this time around ; ]  I did let him play with the sugar and cream a little bit though.collage of burlap table runnerNext month’s knock-off store is Urban Outfitters which always brims with inspiration for me, can’t wait!

And don’t forget to check out these five other fabulous Zara Home inspired projects.  Seriously, I feel like we all coulda taken our projects and created the most amazing tablescape ever!

Knock Out Knock Offs Collection - Zara HomeA / B / C / D (me!) / E / F

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Love your table runner, Jennifer! It seriously would go perfectly with my leaf napkin rings! :)

  2. What a fun project! Looks great!

  3. I love how bright and fun the runner is! I’m typically a less is more type of person, but I could totally see this as a little extra something for a bbq. Oh, and I laughed on the sensory set-up thing…because we are totally into that at our house. My little guy has LOVED those kinds of things (today is playing in oatmeal with diggers). Funny.

    • Jennifer says:

      Oatmeal and diggers….thanks for that! With our newest addition I need lil projects for the older one to engage in while I’m busy with a newborn.

  4. What a fun knock of project, Jennifer! Love that you stepped out of your comfort zone. I am not typically a beachy/tropical person either, but I really love the colors in this runner. Perfect to dress up a table outdoors. Pinning and sharing!

  5. I love how your table runner turned out and those colors are so perfect for summer! Great idea to add that burlap onto the order, it looks like good quality too!

  6. I love the table runner! It’s so fresh and bright! Awww how cute little Anak! :D

  7. Soo cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  8. I love your table runner. The colorful stripes are perfect for Summer!

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