After Christmas is over and we look forward to a New Year I tend to feel melancholy. Do you get that feeling also? I say add sparkle and shine to the New Year Table.
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Thinking about taking everything down made me decide to still stay with sparkle. I cleared off the dining room table for a fresh start. I started with a tray I bought at Sur La Table. It was expensive but one of the best decorating investments I have ever made. It is the base for all of my dining room tablescapes.
So that was the starting point to begin layering. It used to be setting the table was really intimidating but my friend, Gloria is a master at it so when I visit with her I study how pretty her table always looks. Plus reading many blogs I saw such wonderful examples.
Each New Year, I pull out the white damask placemats and silver and white napkins for the winter look.
The glass apothecary jar is filled with corks. I have collected them over time but you can buy a bagful. They are great fillers. The white dessert plates have a permanent place in the tray. Adding a glass vase in the tray it carries out the glass sparkle.
To continue with the silver look, I placed the silverware in the glass vase. Then for more sparkle, I added the champagne flutes. Years ago I bought silver votive candle holders with sayings, Celebrate, Believe, and Friends and that completes the centerpiece.
My next step was to put the Currier and Ives place settings back on the table. Of course adding more crystal glasses keeps the sparkle going. The silver and white napkins are sandwiched between the bowl and small plate. The napkins continue the sparkle theme.
And even if you aren’t having a party to celebrate the New Year, having a pretty table can give you such pleasure. Don’t you think you should treat yourself by decorating for your own pleasure? It can chase away the winter blues, don’t you think?
Silver Tray (similar) Vintage Silverware
White Damask Place Mats Square Glass Vase
Glass Apothecary Jar (similar) Silver and White Napkins (similar)
Mercury Glass Votive (suggestion) Various Crystal Glassware -Thrift Store
Corks Currier & Ives Winter Place Setting
White Ironstone Plates Chargers
A Sweetheart Of A Table
I found A Sweetheart of a Table, perfect for a little girl’s room. I love painting furniture for little girls. It could be because I never had one.
I had no intention of going to a garage sale that day, but friends called and said there was a sale going on in their neighborhood and I had to check it out. As soon as I walked up I saw 4 French style chairs. Yup, I knew I would spend money.
As my friend, Kathy took me around the property I wasn’t too thrilled except when I saw the table (and the chairs, but you know about my chair addition). The Sweetheart table, which is my name for it, is simple and was in rough shape, aren’t they all? Ha ha. It appeared someone may have put a hot stove burner on the wood. There was a large burn mark that went into the wood and caused grooves on the top.
I forgot to take a picture of it before I started patching it up. But this picture is after the Wood Filler dried.
My thought was to do a base coat of light green DIY Chalk Paint and then use a light pink. But then little girls do like pink and purple so that is a possibility…and that is what happened. I used a lavender called Wisteria from Sherwin-Williams for the base coat.
Once the table was painted with 2 coats of DIY Chalk Paint I used painter’s tape on the diagonal to tape off stripes.
The final coat of DIY chalk paint is a light pink by Sherwin-Williams called Rosily. The first coat of paint went on sort of sheer so a second coat was needed. A light sanding between each layer of paint gives it a smoother finish. I stripped off the tape and gave the table a final sanding. The table is a primitive one so I decided to really distress it in keeping with the style. Two coats of Minwax and the table went to the booth and will hopefully end up in a little girl’s bedroom.