Today is reaaaaaaaally special over here on the blog because, as I’ve been chatting about on Instagram and in some blog posts for weeks now, we built a farmhouse dining room table!! And here it is:
Swoon, right?! We are OBSESSED!!! You can see the full tutorial on how to build a dining table here, but first let’s talk all about Christmas centerpieces and tablescapes, because this is the first time we’ve had a real dining room table, and I can’t stop decorating it.
It’s way too much fun.
For even more Christmas tablescape goodness, head to the bottom of this blog post. My friend Krista from The Happy Housie gathered a group of us bloggers together to share Christmas tablescapes and centerpieces today! I can’t wait to check them all out and get more inspiration for our perfect new table!
You may notice our table is missing chairs? We’re going to build benches and I’m still looking at chairs for the heads of the table. We’ve been using folding chairs but they didn’t do much for photos so they’re hiding around the corner.
I’m also looking at new light fixture and rug options so basically ignore most of the room and just focus on the pretty table. And the Christmas trees. 🙂
This centerpiece was easy – and inspired by the centerpiece I used on our patio over the summer. It’s amazing how many pieces you can use for all seasons with just a few small tweaks.
I took a bunch of random green glass bottles (wine bottles, beer bottles, one is from the Target Dollar Spot) and two wine bottles I’d spray painted white a while ago and arranged them inside that old toolbox I found at a local home decor store.
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I put in some sticks and red berries (if they’re too tall, just fold the stems like I did for the shorter green bottles here) and dropped some matte and shiny silver ornaments inside the toolbox as filler. Easy enough, right?!
That plaid Christmas table runner is actually two (one was too short for our table) from the Target Dollar Spot. They didn’t line up exactly, but I fudged it a little underneath the toolbox so you can barely even tell.
Then I took a bunch of candles, mini Christmas trees (another Target Dollar Spot find), red berries and boxwood clippings and started playing around. This tablescape stuff is fun!
The green glass and mercury glass votives are pretty much out year round but work perfectly for Christmas. I talked all about everyday decor pieces we use as Christmas decor in this blog post, it’s amazing how many pieces can easily take on a Christmas-sy vibe.
The gold Merry Christmas votives were my grandparents’, I love to have little memories of them around our house during the holidays.
Have you heard to always use odd numbers when decorating? It’s totally true. I put an odd number of bottles in that wooden toolbox and an odd number of candles on either side.
Remember to put a little water in the bottom of your candleholder so the candle wax doesn’t harden and stick inside the votive so you can never get it out. (Been there!) Or, I just bought these little votive candles with the silver bottoms so they don’t get stuck inside the votives.
I added the trees next and then placed the berries and boxwood clippings in between the candles and trees.
The boxwood clippings are faux, they’ve fallen off our boxwood wreathes over the years. Mostly when I was wrestling to get this glass shamrock tied in the middle of the wreath for St. Patrick’s Day – such a struggle!
The green plates are our everyday plates, but work perfectly for Christmas. The little white Christmas appetizer plates are so cute! I have a platter with the same Christmas trees on it.
I’m looking for some placemats and/or chargers for our placemat but haven’t had much time to shop around yet so stay tuned for those!
Our pretty cloth napkins are actually in storage (who knew we’d be building a table?!) so I went with these cute “Wine a little” paper napkins. Hey, whatever works. It seems like a perfectly festive quote for the holidays.
Of course I had to use our Moscow Mule mugs because they are really perfect for any holiday and any drink! They’re too pretty to hide in a cabinet, I’m always putting them out on display in the kitchen or on top of our wine fridge.
And can we talk about this vintage sled!??! I found it the other day at a local store for only $45! (This blog post is just exciting in so many ways!) I’ve been looking for a vintage sled to use for Christmas decorating FOR YEARS, and I’m so glad I stumbled across this one.
Those windows turned picture frames in the corner are from the original built-in cabinet in our Milwaukee dining room. We’d painted them black in that house, but I gave them a little paint/dry brushing update. Tutorial coming soon, once all the Christmas decorating craziness calms down!
I had to decorate the wine fridge, too. Sometimes I don’t know where these ideas come from, but using a cozy scarf as vase filler felt perfect as we head into the colder months. (Pro tip for fellow renters with small fridges: A wine fridge also makes a great beer fridge.)
How are you decorating your table for Christmas this year? What’d you use?
Here’s a list of what I used for this plaid Christmas centerpiece and tablescape (and a few other pieces seen in the dining room):
- Wooden toolbox from a local home decor store (similar here)
- Bottles were mostly from the recycling bin, the little green one was from the Target Dollar Spot a while ago
- Red berries, tall ones here or short ones here
- Silver ornaments
- Plaid table runners from Target Dollar Spot
- Gold votives from my grandparents (gold mercury glass votives here)
- Mercury glass votives
- Green glass votives from Crate & Barrel, don’t see them online (similar here)
- Mini Christmas trees from Target’s Dollar Spot (these look similar)
- Green plates: dinner plates and salad plates
- White Christmas appetizer plates from Kohl’s, don’t see them online (we have these plain white ones, too)
- Wine a little napkins (similar here or here)
- Moscow Mule mugs
- Boxwood wreath
- Wine fridge
- Dark green hydrangeas
- Windows turned picture frames (DIY project) – these are similar
GET THE LOOK:
You can see our blue and copper Christmas tablescape in this blog post. I just can’t stop decorating the table!
Hop over to the other bloggers’ tablescapes and centerpieces for even more pretty table inspiration!
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