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.







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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.
Done!









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.



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 I will be linking up with these parties

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

5 comments:

  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!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  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

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

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

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

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