I picked up a bunch of terra cotta pots in varying sizes along with a couple of shipping tubes, bright gold mugs and small containers and stuffed them full of fake succulent plants and Peet moss. I kill every plant I come in contact with so I wasn’t taking any chances on this centerpiece. I also found a matching set of antler candlestick holders that got a few coats of gold spray paint. I used a few black and white decorative ribbons and twine to dress up the ‘planters’ and of course, some of them were painted gold as well. I laid out a full table length burlap runner and arranged the planters between the two candlestick holders, varying the sizes and ‘plants’ throughout.


Each place setting had either gold or silver flatware and coordinating gold or white napkin, wrapped in twine with a few little twigs tucked inside. (I left them in for looks but before guests actually sat down, I went around and pulled the twigs out) I hand wrote guests names on brown paper tags and tied them on to mason jars as place markers so guests knew where to sit.

I liked the use of mixed colors in the flatware and napkins. A happy accident really since I couldn’t find 9 napkins and 9 sets of flatware that matched. The tablescape turned out exactly how I envisioned it and went perfect with the table and even the food!

And of course, in typical Christine style, I decided to take out the terribly tight elastic and hem the length of an old Target maxi skirt moments before guests arrived. I was really pleased with the updated look.


Our dining room has been a half empty/mini storage area ever since we moved in. I knew from the get go that I wanted to make our dining room table but wasn’t 100% certain what I wanted it to look like. I knew I wanted hairpin legs and I originally wanted it to look like an old door. I pinned dozens of tables and finally decided to go with one very similar to Elsie’s from A Beautiful Mess, with only two modifications, thickness and color.

We decided that we would like to host Thanksgiving dinner at our home this year and offered to do so without a table to eat at. This was just what we needed to jumpstart our dining room table project.

This was a really labor intensive project. I went into thinking it would be simple but our friend who makes cabinets gave us some pointers which added to the amount of hours that went into the build but in the end turned it from a kind of simple DIY project to a real deal furniture making experience.

We have hours of work into this table, it will hopefully be around for a very, very long time.