So, in the meantime, I keep trying to find little things to improve the room and maybe make it more house-friendly. And luckily, this runner may have done the trick (at least for a little bit!).
I've had this idea for a runner for a long time, but I didn't have a blank one to try it out on. My sister stopped by IKEA a couple of weeks ago, though, and picked one up for me, so it was time to give it a go. And not only do I love the results, it was pretty much the easiest thing I've ever done! The only things I needed were some paint (just regular old acrylic), a shaving cream cap (yep, you read that right) and something to line under the runner while stamping it (I used old magazines, but newspaper would have been better).
|you may notice the toothpaste top in that picture as well...|
originally I couldn't decide which one to use, but for this project, I liked the bigger circles
About 5 minutes later, I had filled up the whole runner and our dining room looked much better! For awhile I have been trying to come up with a different centerpiece for our dining room table, but now with the runner's addition, I'm kind of liking the centerpiece again.