Like all kids, when Bean transitioned from a highchair to a booster, he was a messy eater. The area in front of his seat got wiped down more often than any of the other areas of the table. We removed his drips and crumbs and also a lot of the wood stain. After some time, we had a lovely medium-dark stained table with a lightly stained area in front of Bean's chair. I moved him to a different seat and then another at the table in order to mitigate the concentrated stain loss in front of his seat.
When Sprout moved from a highchair to a booster, we had the same problem and she was moved from seat to seat around the table until I was left with a table that was stained a lovely medium-brown in the center and a light brown around the perimeter.
I told myself that this was okay. The table had a rustic feel to begin with, having only been stained but not varnished. The uneven stain simply enhanced the rustic effect. But the table has had a lot of other a
There was the time period that Bean realized that forks make the coolest little divots in soft wood. And that time that Sprout had a blast coloring, sometimes on her paper and sometimes not, with red washable marker (note to self: washable markers are washable off of people but not off of tables).
At this point, there's no denying that my table can no longer even pull off "rustic." It's just annihilated. And while a table runner doesn't cover the whole thing, it pulls your eye to the pretty fabric rather than the disaster that is my kitchen table.
It's 17"x44" and covers a good portion of the table. It's made with my beloved selvages, is sashed in Kona Black, and is bound with Moda Hoopla Dots in Pink.
It was inspired by these great blocks, which are in my gallery of really cool projects that I'd like to tackle. I'm so happy to have this on my table.