Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Tablescape + A Tutorial

Last winter I built this wooden box to use for a centrepiece.
What better time to dress it up then Christmas.

With today's post, I wanted to not only show off my table set for the holidays,
 but also offer a quick tutorial on how I built and stained this box.
It is so easy to make, even if you don't have all the carpenter tools.

Let's have a look at the pretty tablescape first.

I set the table for four, using my white and silver "Gibson" dishes,
along with silver chargers and water goblets.

In the centrepiece, I used some artificial stems bought from Michael's.
I would love to get some fresh stems in there, but for today I used sparkly, snowy ones!

Added a few pine cones.

Love how this Yuletide setting worked well with my country style dining set.


Moving on with the tutorial.......

 Measurements of box:  length - 36", width 7"
I got the men at the lumber store to cut my pieces.

Nail your pieces all together.
I first drilled with a 5/16 bit,
then hammered the nail in {I find drilling first makes it easier with the hammering}
It took 3 coats of Minwax "Ebony" stain to get it to the darker shade I wanted.

after two coats of stain

 If you want to see the post from last winter's on how I built this wood,
you can have a look here.


 I will be linking up with these parties

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


  1. Diane,
    I adore your elegant tablescape with the silver and porcelain white dinnerware!!! The rustic box filled with natures evergreens and pinecones gives your tablescape a rustic luxe appeal!!!
    Visiting from Susan's!

  2. A perfect tablescape! I love your dishes and I have passed your tutorial over to my hubby because I would love a wooden box centerpiece for my table. You've done a great job for the holidays! Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Diane, beautiful tablescape and centerpiece! Love the box, great tutorial!

  4. I love your long box that you have decorated for your table. I really need to make one of those too.

  5. The table looks lovely with your new display box.