Hello hello! Hope you had a lovely weekend!
I finished up our Christmas dining room today and I am smitten! Layla is kicking off our Holiday Home link ups tomorrow morning, so I had to share what I’ve been up to!
I’ve wanted to change up the centerpiece in the dining room for some time now – I love those glass candleholders in the framed out mirror, but it’s been a couple years now and I was craving something different!
I tried a few different ideas, none which were it. And then finally…it came to me.
I swear anymore I have to sit on a space mentally for about six months before the final idea comes into my noggin. But once I’ve figured it out in my head, I usually love the result. This time is no different. (Thank goodness. Whew.) ;)
I started with a few trips to a few different Goodwill stores. I was on a mission – a mission for brass candlesticks:
You know – the ones you see gracing the shelves on every trip into Goodwill? And of course when I decided to do this project, they were harder than heck to find. Sheesh. It’s like brass is coming back or something. ;)
I have a confession to make…I actually kind of liked these as they were. Kind of. Kind of more that I’d like to admit. They were more antiqued brass than shiny brass. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
But I had a vision in mind, and that vision included spray paint:
I started by spreading them all out in the garage:
Then sprayed them all with a primer:
Then I put them into three groups and sprayed each one in a different metallic color. One group was Krylon Caramel Latte, one was Krylon Nickel, and one was Valspar Gold.
Let me tell you – that gold color was BEAUTIFUL. It is really awesome – although I hated the new nozzle. It was SO hard to spray with.
When they were dry, I just mixed the different colors in the mirror centerpiece, then filled it with bits of greenery and green and brown ornaments:
I tried to vary the heights as much as I could, but otherwise they are just on there, no rhyme or reason:
The place settings are pretty standard – white dinnerware I got from HomeGoods a while back (I wanted to brighten up the table so I sold the dishes and place mats that we used for years), my goblets from Goodwill and the sparkly brown bulbs that sit in the bowls were from Hob Lob years ago.
When I got it all together, I wanted to add the napkins to the table but didn’t have any napkin rings that worked.
I was standing in the garage when I saw my solution -- I grabbed a cardboard roll that some fabric came on, cut it down on my saw and got these:
After sanding down the edges and then spraying them in the gold Valspar spray paint, I got some very quick, very free DIY napkin rings:
And I gotta say, I really like how they turned out!
I wanted to keep the green and brown theme in this space to go with my Walmart ornament vignette I put together last year:
All of the ornaments were a buck and all of them are SO FUN!:
I was totally bummed to see that Walmart doesn’t have all of these ornaments again this year! They still have a bunch of pretty sparkly ornaments for cheap, but not quite as cute as these were.
Of course, just like any Christmas decor – the table looks most magical at night:
Wowza! I love it!!
Candlelight – I don’t think you can beat it! It’s just beautiful.
Makes you want to cook a four course meal at 10 p.m. on a Sunday for your husband and eat by candlelight beautiful:
Of course I don’t keep the candles lit if we’re not in here, which is OK, cause I love it when they’re not lit too.
But there’s some definite magic when the only light comes from the candles and the tree:
The total cost was probably around $30? The candlesticks ranged from $1 to $3 each and I had all of the spray paint colors but the gold color. I think that one was $5. It took me about an hour to spray paint all of the candlesticks.
Not too shabby for a new look in the dining room – and one I’m a little giddy over:
Do you see those chairs? Yeah…that’s another project I’ve been sitting on (HA! Sitting on…get it?) for the past six months or so. ;) Can’t finish those till I finish the drapes, and I don’t want to finish the drapes till I decide if I’m going to repaint the room.
Can’t wait to see all of your beautiful tablescapes at Layla’s tomorrow!
*You can see how I created the original centerpiece here.
**The December Before and After Party will go up Monday evening!
Linking this up to Julia’s party!