DIY Painted Grid Pleather Placemats

September 24, 2015Sarah Khandjian

Get your table party ready with these DIY painted grid placemats by Sarah Hearts (click through for step-by-step tutorial)

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I’m a big fan of pretty table decor, good simple food and delicious drinks. Today’s DIY includes all three to create a project that’s equally perfect for entertaining as it is for everyday. Because I believe champagne isn’t just for special occasions and gold flatware should be used as much as possible (even if you’re just eating cereal).

One of my favorite go to fancy but oh-so-simple meals is a charcuterie plate paired with some bubbly, like Andre Champagne. I mean, is there really anything better than fresh crusty bread, fruit, good cheese and a refreshing libation? It’s my favorite thing to serve when friends are stopping by unannounced and I’m suddenly in an entertaining pinch. I just search the pantry and fridge for some small bites (because I’ll admit I usually keep many of these things on hand—it is one of my all time favorite meals!) or I run to the store and grab some delicious additions and plate them. Whether it’s Andre Brut, Blush or something sweet like Peach Moscato, I keep our wine bar stocked with Andre Champagne and sparkling California wines. It’s an easy way to turn a simple get together into an epic party!

DIY grid placemats plus an antipasto platter and some bubbly make for an easy (and stylish) entertaining solution!

And because I love entertaining pieces that are both practical and stylish, I’ve created these pleather grid placemats. They look lovely when used as a backdrop for your spread and can be wiped down.

Cut down vinyl pleather to create these DIY grid placemats.

Supplies: white pleather (cut to 12″ x 16″ sheets) / thin washi tape / painter’s tape / black craft paint / flat paint brush / ruler
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Use thin washi tape to create an evenly spaced grid pattern on placemats.

Step 1: Cut the pleather into 12″ x 16″ sheets (a cutting mat and rotary cutter makes this super easy to do). I used vinyl tablecloth pleather because it was way more affordable than using real leather and it can be wiped down after each use. Then apply small pieces of the thin washi tape every 2″ across the long side of the placemat. If you want a smaller grid, use the tape to mark every 1″.

Apply thin washi tape and painters tape to create an easy to paint grid pattern.

Step 2: Align the painter’s tape with the thin washi tape marks to create a striped pattern across the entire placemat. Then remove the washi tape and use your nail to smooth out the tape and make sure it’s firmly adhered.

The trick to painting clean lines when using tape is to always paint away from the tape! (Click through for the full tutorial)

Step 3: Paint inside the thin lines. I recommend painting one side at a time, away from the tape, to get the cleanest lines.

Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 4: Let the paint dry for a minute then carefully remove the tape. It’s important to remove the tape before the paint is fully dry to get clean lines. Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 5: Remove all the tape and allow the paint to completely dry. Then repeat the same steps to mark off and tape the lines in the opposite direction.

Remove the tape before the paint completely dries (click through for the tutorial on how to create these grid pleather placemats)

Step 6: Continue painting away from the edge of the tape and removing the tape as you go. When you’re done, remove all the tape and allow it to dry completely. Then repeat with the other placemats and they’re ready to be used!

Loving this IDY grid placemat! Such a great way to customize your dinner table.

These DIY grid placemats are so easy to make and can just be wiped down when something spills on them.

How would you use Andre to turn an impromptu get together into a stylish (and epic) party? Share your #EpicWithAndre ideas below!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Andre Champagne for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Sarah Hearts going!

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  • Tan of Squirrelly Minds

    September 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    1) love these placemats! Clever using tape
    2) I could go for a bottle of that bubbly right now
    3) your new site design looks amazing!!!

    1. Sarah

      September 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

      1) Thank you! 2) Come over anytime, girl! 3) Thanks so much! I’m really excited about it!

  • Haeley @ Design Improvised

    September 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

    These are really gorgeous and great styling too! I am loving the b&w grid trend and cool idea to use it in a placemat. Also, AWESOME new site!

    1. Sarah

      September 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Thanks so much, Haeley! I’m loving the grid trend too. I normally don’t use black much in my DIYs and in my home but I think it’s the perfect way to sneak it in there!

  • Melissa

    September 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Love these Sarah! And also love the new site! It’s so fun and colourful, just like you and your crafts :)

    1. Sarah

      September 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Means so much coming from you!

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