What happens when a decorator and a lifestyle blogger visit an OC Goodwill store to create a holiday table worthy of a magazine cover? Unique items are given new life and reused in ways you won’t believe.
See what they and you can do with a shower curtain, candlesticks, books and a little bit of spray paint! These clever ladies show you how you too can create an extraordinary holiday table with ordinary thrift store finds.
Our goal was to create a natural rustic dinner table for Thanksgiving. Then with just a few changes, set a festive and elegant gold-themed table for holiday parties, Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve.
Here are a few tips to help you set a lovely dinner table at your house for the holidays.
First, take an inventory of what you already have and come up with a color scheme and theme for your table. We love to work with white or cream dishes and then add in a pop of color with accessories and linens.
The theme of our Thanksgiving dinner table was nature and our color scheme was white, brown, gold and tan.
We started by scouring the Goodwill of Orange County store for some basics: white dishes, silverware and glassware, must-have pieces for your holiday table.
Then, we looked for items made of wood, natural fabrics like burlap to bring our theme together, and added in some traditional Thanksgiving cornucopias and some lamps we found for ambiance.
For our next trick, we grabbed a few old books off the shelves and upcycled them to become layering and height pieces for the table. We spray painted the covers and spine white to blend in with our Thanksgiving color scheme.
Here’s an up-close view of the leaf garland runner we created from book pages, too. This is another easy DIY piece you can add to your table — you simply cut out the leaves shape you want (cut several at once by stacking the pages on top of each other) and then staple groups of three or four together.
You can also hot glue an acorn onto each bunch and string them on some twine. It’s a relatively simple project, with a stunning result!
For our holiday table, we simply changed out some of the natural elements to gold and brass pieces to give it more of that holiday sparkle. We purchased a can of Antique Gold spray paint at Michael’s and used it liberally.
First, we took a handful of apples, yes real apples, and coated them liberally with the gold color. Then, we found these blue figurines at Goodwill and thought they also needed a coat of gold before taking a prominent spot on the table.
There you have it! How to easily use unique and affordable items at Goodwill and turn them into beautiful holiday table decor!
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