Dear wonderful, incredible, patient and long-suffering people I work the concession stand with……

….I’m really sorry I was late.


(hangs head shamefully).

I intended to be on time.

I wanted to be on time.

In my heart…..I was already there…..

…..on time….stocking the cooler with Mountain Dew.

But you see…..

….there was this painted table runner.


I was sitting on my screened-in-porch pretending it was warm with a glass of sweet tea and hand warmers.

I kept looking at the table…..

….and it kept looking back at me.

And I knew….that I knew….that I knew… needed something.

When I looked at the clock there was plenty of time.  I mean….I after all….I had 30 minutes before I needed to be there and I already had my hair flat-ironed and my lipstick on and the perfect pair of earrings that said….we’re fabulous….

…..but we’re working the concession stand today so we toned it down a little.


And so….with 30 minutes to spare….I ran to the workshop with my earrings blowing in the wind and pulled out the tape and the paint and the roller….

….and painted a runner on the back porch table.

Can we all agree…..isn’t this the best use of thirty minutes you have ever seen?


I just forgot about the travel time.

So thanks for the understanding smiles and pats on the back and giggles and the generally low expectations that I would arrive on time…..when I showed up 20 minutes late with cute earrings….

….and paint on my hands.

You’re the best.

And I’m pretty sure it won’t happen again.

Pretty sure.

Almost sure.

You better schedule me for the late shift….

…..just to be certain. 🙂


How to Make a Painted Runner



wave patterned FrogTape



Step 1:  Drink sweet tea and stare at a table

Preferably one that looks like this.

One that’s a little sad and says….I need a runner.


Step 2:  Apply wave patterned FrogTape

It comes in so many different patterns.

Go FrogTape.

You’re my hero.

You already did all the hard pattern tape work.

(tape painting tip #1:  you want to make sure you score the tape to make sure it adheres to the table)


I actually measured to make sure the waves were perfectly spaced.

Don’t get used to it. 🙂


Step 3:  Paint the base coat of the runner

Try not to get paint on your concession working outfit.


Step 4:  Peel off the tape

Is that not a thing of wonder?

Look at that wavy line.


Absolutely perfect.

(tape painting tip #2:  pull off tape when still wet)

(tape painting tip #3:  pull tape away from you for best results)


Step 5:  Paint central runner

I used regular FrogTape for this part of the project.

After the white paint dried I taped off a center rectangle and painted a red/pink/kind of made-up color in the center of the table.


Here’s another view of the table on the back porch.

It’s ready for summer.

And the sweet tea drinking view….

….just got a whole lot sweeter.  

PS  Total disclaimer….I painted the white part of the table before I went to the concession stand.

Then I waited until later to paint the center runner because the white paint had to dry.

Somethings have to wait…I mean seriously….

….I had some popcorn and Laffy Taffy to sell. 🙂

I am so excited and honored to be partnering with FrogTape this year! 

Stay tuned for tons of fun projects and ideas and creative ways to add a little fun to your summer.


disclosure:  I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products.  

All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.  Please see my disclosure policy for additional information.


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  1. Image for Pattie @ Olla-Podrida Pattie @ Olla-Podrida

    I love the table runner. I love the wavy tape idea. I have a table just waiting for this. But my experience with Frog Tape was horrendous. It made a colossal mess out of my walls, paint seeped underneath, and it turned an average painting job into a three-month repair job. I'd be leery of ever trying it again.

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Pattie, I am so sorry to hear about your experience! I've only had great luck with FrogTape before. For example, when I peeled off the tape it was such a clean, crisp line that it made my heart sing! I'm going to e-mail you so I can understand more about your experience. Thanks for sharing! karianne

      1. Image for Pattie @ Olla-Podrida Pattie @ Olla-Podrida

        I'll be glad to tell you about it and show you pictures. I still haven't repainted the woodwork around the fireplace, or done some of the repainting of edges in the corners. Seriously, it was a mess. I have, however, been thinking about your wavy lined table all day. True. Pattie

  2. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    I love your painted table runner! What a fantastic idea! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to visit lately; my Dad has been in the hospital. All is well now though. I always love your ideas! May your Easter be filled with many blessings!

  3. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    Frog Tape makes a wavy pattern??!! I may have a new love. That will make future projects so much easier. Can you explain how to score the tape? I'm not sure how to go about that.... ~Cheryl

  4. Image for GranadmaSewvy GranadmaSewvy

    Oh I love this idea and I had no idea frog tape had different designs. There is a vintage child's table I am going to strip and paint for my "darling Grandson" and you have inspired me, as usual. PS: You totally should have won the dresser makeover. I'm borrowing that idea for my "darling Grandson's" room at my house. You are the greatest.

  5. Image for Louann Louann

    Your witty sense of humor makes my day ! Always look forward to reading your thoughts so keep on with your descriptive writing! The chest you recently jazzed up should have won the completion. The use of washers was quite an inventive addition. I think I might copy your idea for my grandson's chest. Thanx for sharing so many great ideas! Louann

  6. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    This is so great that it needed too be done and you had no choice but to be late for the concession stand. Have a wonderful and Happy Easter! Cynthia

  7. Image for Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane

    KariAnne, I do not know what I love more--your gorgeous projects (complete with tutorial) or your hilarious sense of humor! I laughed out loud several times as I read your post this morning. I can SO relate with being late--it's the family joke that I have my own time zone. Have a very blessed Easter weekend!

  8. Image for Lynnie Lynnie

    Wow, you are one ambitious gal! Never would I think to start a project like that when I only had 30 min. Really like it and I especially LOVE your two green chairs. Where did you get those? Hugs, Lynnie

  9. Image for Alice Hanson Alice Hanson

    KariAnne, You make me smile ! You make me laugh out loud and you make the bestest projects! Bless your heart ( in a good way)! I would like for you to show us your scoring technique ! I seem to be lacking in that area. Have a wonderful Easter with your precious family! Smiles, Alice

  10. Image for marydon marydon

    O! Karianne ~ you are amazing!! This is the neatest idea yet. What a warm welcoming table to have sweet tea sit upon. IF only our talent rubbed off on us easily. :) Have a blessed & beautiful Easter sweet friend. Thank you for all the beauty & joy you bring to us. TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Image for Gee Gee

    Wavy frog tape! Who knew? Well you did :) What a brilliant pip of colour . Luv.... luv it. Here's to a Happy Easter TomTom and yours . Hugs, Gee

  12. Image for Abbey Abbey

    Came out awesome Karianne--never would have thought to paint one on! Hmm maybe I'll take a few cans of Rust-Oleum home from the OFS warehouse today :)

  13. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I think my paint education is lacking -- at least the tape portion is :-( Why do you have to score the tape and exactly how do you do it. Scoring to me means cutting into it but if you do that won't the paint bleed into what you don't want to paint?? I love the table and you were as quick as a cute little bunny getting that painting done that quickly. Have a Hoppy, Hoppy Easter. Big Hugs!! Oh -- I love the table.

  14. Image for Trina Miner Trina Miner

    This table is adorable! I have often thought about painting a runner on my old beat up black kitchen table, but the boys are still little with their crafts and markers and Easter egg dye. So I think I will wait until they are too cool for crafts. Ha! As always, I enjoy your wit. And you are a better woman than me...I am afraid of the concession stand (making change in my head freaks me out), so I will pay the fee to get out of that work. ;) Happy Easter! Trina

  15. Image for Amanda Amanda

    It looks awesome!! So funny, I ran to Lowe's last night for supplies for painting our foyer.... I spotted the FrogTape (which I had never used) but threw it in my buggy to give it a try. BEST painter's tape I have ever used! I used it to paint horizontal stripes and the lines were so crisp and clean!

  16. Image for Mah Mah

    I love your runner, but the amazing thing is the table! I have the same table! The same legs and shape. I have seen similar ones but never the exact one. We used it in the kitchen for years. Even at one point adding height, turning it into counter height so we could use stools. I now have in the dining room, BUT not as the dining table but as 2 tables on each side of my China hutch. When you take it apart it makes 2 great tables. Maybe I should paint runners on them. Have great weekend.

  17. Image for Pendra Pendra

    I've had a long standing affair with Frog tape, but it's held out... I didn't know it came in wavy! Sorry I can't talk, I'm out the door to find me some! BTW, I LOVE the table, the chairs, the rug... the whole porch!

  18. Image for Wangu Wangu

    The wavy lines are just dreamy.. I love way your table turned out. I don't get frog tape where I live so i just use regular 3m scotch tape. It's sad though that it doesn't come in any other shape, just straight.

  19. Image for Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

    Hi there, your table is so striking! gorgeous new look, it's like you woke it up for spring! Just posted a permanent painted faux rug using tape also. Love that painters tape. The Flowers are also so pretty. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  20. Image for Amy@StowandTellU Amy@StowandTellU

    Way to cool, Karianne. I love your kinda-made-up color red, of course I love the whole thing. Fabulous!! My son's grown up now, but I have fond memories of selling laffy taffy and cheesy nachos at his baseball games...sigh Happy Easter to you and your family ~ Amy

  21. Image for Julie Julie

    I love your writing and this table is, I think, my favorite of everything you done in the past few months - I'm such a fan!


    Oh I love your table runner. What a great idea. Never used Frog tape, can't wait to see more of your ideas using it.

  23. Image for christiann christiann

    You have such a unique way of explaining your ideas. It's truly a gift! I look forward to reading your ideas and am so inspired. Now I need me a table!!

  24. Image for ZoeAnn ZoeAnn

    oh Karianne I am going to wander around LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO PAINT!!! HELP! I love the painted runner! And I love the fact that you and I are so alike in terms of… oh I can get this done before I have to go (insert the place we are late getting to)… It's tough having such imaginative brains isn't it? Thank you for your inspiration!!

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