DIY: Painted Runner Tablecloth by David Stark
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Tonight in Brooklyn (Wednesday, June 12, at 7 pm), David Stark and Remodelista NYC editor Francesca Connolly talk table settings—specifically, quick DIY tricks for creating a serene summer tablescape. We especially like David's genius DIY tablecloth made from a canvas drop cloth with a wide "runner" stripe painted down the middle. Here's how to get the look: Go to Book Court (163 Court Street, Brooklyn) for more information about David and his new book, David Start: The Art of the Party . Above: David creates an instant table runner by painting a wide white stripe down the middle of a painters drop cloth. Above: For more white paint ideas, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks . Above: Using ScotchBlue Painter's Tape and a metal ruler , create a path for your painted runner (but don't worry if the edges blur a bit during the painting process; imperfection is part of the charm). Above: You can use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint ($8.99 for 4 ounces at Craft Super Center), although any white paint will do; think of this project as an opportunity to finish off a leftover can you might have lurking in your garage.