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Chippendale dining set dressed rustically for Thanksgiving

I was hard at work preparing my dinning room for Thanksgiving day, making it the special place to share a good meal with our guests and I hope I had accomplished that goal. ;)

This year I wanted to give it a rustic feel, using natural elements and doing it on a budget.  Let me show you what I've been up to.

The first thing I worked on was a tablecloth, I have a very formal table, which I like, but in order to give it a more casual feel a burlap tablecloth was created.
how to make a burlap tablecloth

Remember the damaged playset? Yes, I already used those highlighted pieces to create a frame for a mirror. I went back to pick some other pieces.
That long wide board on the right was my new pick!
damaged kids playset wooden pieces get to be repurposed on other projects around the house

It was cut in half and both pieces were screwed together, creating a wooden plank that would serve as a table runner, all those holes would be pretty handy as candle holders ;)
how to repurposed a damaged kids playset

Well, one more thing I couldn't leave outside was the ladder, a perfect place to display my decoupaged pumpkins...
how to repurpose a kids playset

And these flower bouquets, made out of recycled water bottles.
how to upcycle water bottles in home decor

My daughter helped me put together this garland with fabric remnants from the pumpkins. It gives a little nice detail to the ladder.
how to repurpose a kids playset

The new light, in my opinion is what makes this room!

how to transform a cheap ikea light

The reclaimed wood creates the perfect background for all the pops of color given by the pumpkins, gourds, apples, leaves, and branches.  There's still a good amount of open space to accommodate serving dishes when the time comes.

Rustic centerpiece for Thanksgiving table.

Plain white dishes are my favorite.

napkin rings with acorn design on white napkin and plates, with a burlap tablecloth

Acorn napkin rings are a nice compliment to the theme.

how to make rustic acorn napkin rings

Indian corn dug on some more corn, give the centerpiece arrangement some high.

a formal dining set is dressed in a rustic way for Thanksgiving

how to set a rustic table for thanksgiving with pumpkins, burlap, acorns

Last but not least, a banner reminds us the main purpose of the day.  The free printable letters can be found HERE.

burlap and paper Give thanks banner on window

burlap, orange and rust colors in this chippendale dining set

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

For more DIY home ideas check these out:

how to make a pillow cover out of a placemat - pillow with feathers and another pillow with brown plaid

Let's give thanks wall art and thankful tree made of branches

white little sweater pumpkins in a wooden bowl

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  1. Looks amazing. Love your up-cycled play structure! Great ideas! Cheers.

  2. Your dining room looks absolutely gorgeous, Cristina! That ladder looks fantastic and you have such a talent for decorating. Headed over to check out those amazing light fixtures. ;) Megan

  3. WOW! Just wow! You had me at burlap, actually, but then this endless beauty galore with the pumpkins and vases and that wonderful grey reclaimed wood... this could easily be the cover of BHG!

  4. Christina,

    Your table and the entire room looks so perfectly festive! Your guests are in for a serious feast fro the eyes!



  5. You have outdone yourself on this one! Every, single thing in the room is perfect. ~ Maureen

  6. Hi, I found your blog through Home Stories A to Z, where she featured a pic of your kitchen remodel. You are so talented. I am so inspired by your woodworking projects. I especially love your fridge enclosure. I just completed a woodworking project for my dining room, and your post is giving me confidence to enclose my fridge. I have been wanting to do it for a long time. Great work! Can't wait to see what else you do! Just wanted to let you know.

  7. Everything looks amazing! I love the burlap tablecloth and the lights. The wood for the centerpiece works so well. It all comes together beautifully :)

  8. love how you set up your thanksgiving table, the burlap table cloth and the reclaimed wood are just awesome!

    i also like what you did to the recycled water bottles - flower bouquets! cute =)

    i'm just so hooked with your blog cristina!


  9. Gorgeous! I had to pin your lovely ladder with pumpkins and flowers! I guess they're aren't just for holding magazines or quilts anymore :) Now I'm just going to have to add an old reclaimed ladder to my list of must-find things! :)

  10. Your dining room looks wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  11. Cristina, your table looks beautiful! I love all the little touches in your home. The lights, the ladder, decoupaged pumpkins, acorn napkin rings, everything! Your home is ready for the holiday!


  12. I love it! The ladder is so cool, and the little reused water bottles are perfect!

  13. Cristina, I love all the wonderful details and handmade items for your Thanksgiving celebration. The fact that your daughter helped makes it even more special. Trust you have a wonderful time with your family and friends.
    Mary Alice

  14. So pretty! I love the burlap many great details.

  15. Oh have you been busy! So many details in your table and dining room. I love that you re purposed the ladder and the wood for the table. The flower holders are so adorable and I love the rag swag! Great job! Your family and guests will be so impressed!

  16. You outdid yourself girl! Absolutely fabulous!!!

    PS. I'm so in love with the lights above the table!

  17. So many wonderful ideas to use. It's really eclectic and beautiful

  18. Cristina, just gorgeous!!! You always do such an amazing job! I love the table and the ladder with the pumpkin display is stunning!!! Beautiful post!

  19. Lovely! So bright and cheery while still being warm.

  20. Everything looks so great! So creative with the lights and I love what you did with the ladder from the playground. ;) So fun and stylish!

  21. Love it! Every single detail is perfection! I have some old wood on my front porch - I am going to use some of it to make a table runner - great idea. And I LOVE that you hauled the ladder inside and used it like that!

  22. Every single thing is gorgeous. That table cloth is wonderful and so are the lights and ladder. You really pulled it all together beautifully.

  23. Oh,my word! You are so creative! Everything is absolutely beautiful...truly some trash to treasure things going on here. ;-) I am your newest GFC and Facebook follower. I'd love for you to stop by Posed Perfection for a visit sometime and maybe even a follow back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your guests are going to love your dining room!

  24. Miss Talent Christina, wow!! You are beyond clever and smart, with such creativity I'm always so amazed to see your great work. I love the spheres as lamps and the ladder is adorable! The table is gorgeous! I'm sure you all will have a wonderfl Tksgiving.
    Big hugs,

  25. this is beautiful and I love the amazing lighting and I too am using burlap this year. It really cuts the "formal" feel!

  26. Seriously one of the most creative Thanksgiving settings I have seen in a while!!! I really admire people who use their noodle to make new stuff out of old stuff. Using the pieces of damaged playground equipment is such a great idea...especially the ladder upon which you can display other creative pieces! And then to use the scraps from the pumpkins for that! Your light fixtures are cool, too! Very, very pretty!


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