Pottery Barn Style Typography Placemats

Having been inspired by all of the typography going on around the design world, as well as my yearning to finally get around to sprucing up some of my old household items I updated some bland place mats cheap-o style  without spending a penny!  

Insert hubby saying "old, we just bought those this summer".  Truth be told, I should have listened to my mother and got a color that contrasted my dining room table more.  Then I went and washed them and they turned out like this! 

They have sat in a drawer since, never to see daylight again.  That is until  I  decided after New Years to try ironing them to see if they would go back to normal or purge them!  

These next steps are for the other cheap-o's out there {come on, I know I'm not alone here} so if you have one of those handy dandy cutters skip the next steps.  I went into my standard word processor on the PC and found a font that I liked.  Then taped some stencil paper to the screen, traced and cut with an Exacto knife.  Taped the stencil to the place mat and went to town with a stencil brush and some acrylic paint.

I think they turned out pretty well, and I don't have to worry about those sweating glasses {as you can tell I am a little psychotic afraid of people putting their glasses on my wood tables}.

Don't mind that empty hole there!

Thank you to Michaela Noelle, Carly at Honey and the Moon, and  Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair for honoring me with the Stylish Blogger Award!  So the rules are that you must tell seven things about yourself and then pass the honor on to 15 other bloggers that inspire you.
1.  I HAVE to have coffee in the morning, the more the better and it has to have lots of fruffy creamer in it!   2.  I sometimes stay in my pajamas all day until right before my hubby comes home, sometimes I stay in them even after he comes home 3.  I am a horrible speller, thank God for spellcheck!  4.  I use ! and :) way to much while blogging.  5.  Met my hubby when we were 17 and married him when we were barley 20.  6.  I don't eat my veggies.  7.  If I had a choice between traveling or doing a home project I would choose home project 99% of the time.

The award now goes to other blogs that inspire me:
A Thoughtful Place
Honey and the Moon
Michaela Noelle
The Little Brick House
The Way We Are
Creative Index
A Chi Chi Affair
Danielle Oakey Interiors
Hi Surgarplum!
Honey We're Home
Sixty-Fifth Avenue
Restored Style
On the Banks of Squaw Creek
Lauren Lane Decor

WhisperWood Cottage

Where I'm Partying Today:

Keeping It SimpleMakingThe Girl Creative

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. They look so classy! Love it!!!!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. Kendra these looks awesome! I love the script font stencils. I need some of those. I would be numbering everything!

  3. Great job. They really add some extra character to some ‘plain’ ol’ placemats. Oh and for what it’s worth, I’m a little um… crazy, also about people putting glasses on our wood table, especially since it’s an antique! –I have this side table that I had refinished for next to our sofa and it makes the hairs on the back of my neck crawl when someone puts a sweaty water bottle or glass right on top of it… EEEK!... okay enough rambling.

    Thanks for passing on the stylish blogger award! You guys are to sweet! :)

  4. they look fabulous! great job!

  5. thanks for thinking of me!! and these look awesome! i saw similar ones a while back at crate & barrel or something... and i also love that candle centerpiece? where's that from? xo

  6. Loving all your DIY posts - this one is so stylish, and i'm loving your table and the tealight holder...
    Thanks lovely for the stylish blogger award too :-) *hugs*
    Rachie xo

  7. Completely adorable! I love them. I have a set of placemats I never ever use as they are super plain. I am going to do this. And I am the same way about the circles on my table!! hehe

  8. LOVE the placemats! Something about numbers that I adore. Congrats on the award and thanks for thinking of me (:

  9. I can't believe I never saw your blog before! I am so excited to have found you:) Love the placemats.. adorable!

  10. mmmm...I like my coffee tasting like candy, too. And I LOVE your typography!

  11. They look great! I love anything with numbers!

  12. seriously fabulous! love how they turned out~ and i am lovin your cute blog:)

  13. I found some a similar image to this not that long ago. Love the idea.

    My hubby & I got married when I was just barely 20, too!


  14. just found your blog! this is FANTASTIC!!!

  15. I love your updated and such cute placemats! What a great idea!

    Thanks for the award sweetie pie!


  16. Your placemats look great Kendra I love the typography on them and congratulations on your award, I enjoyed reading the 7 things about you and getting to know you better. xx

  17. I love these Kendra,they are perfect!!!

  18. What a Great Idea! The Numbers look so fancy.

  19. I love how these turned out! Such a simple idea, but it adds so much! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Those are so cute!!! And what is this stencil paper you speak of?!?!?!

    Thanks for the style award, Ms. Style!!

  21. I think I need to make some of these....Thanks for the inspiration! Good to see you over at Whisperwood Cottage.

  22. These look great...I love them!

  23. I love how they turned out. They look so much better. Thanks for the great idea.


  24. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on Saturday!



  25. LOVE these! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  26. GREAT idea! I like anything numbers and letters... I love your site!
    Stop by :)

  27. What a great idea! The placemats look amazing. Good job!


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