Setting My Thanksgiving Table and DIY Chargers

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in chalk paint, dining room | 19 comments

I have the great pleasure of hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.  I have the menu planned.  We are creatures of habit and we know what we like.  So, the menu this year will be the same exact menu that it has been for the past several years.  I don’t like to try new recipes on a day where the food is so important!  It must be all of the tried and trues.  I want everyone walking through the line saying, “Yes! The sweet potatoes!” and “Yippee! Nana’s dressing!”  This is no time to be testing out new recipes.  This is a day of traditions – food included!

I do set my tables a little different each year.  No one seems to care if the placemats are a different color or if the napkin rings are new.

I serve the meal buffet style, so that leaves room on the table for decorations.

I think my dining room looks best in neutrals.

Here is what I have come up with.

I love the look of chargers.  I think that the more layers you have, the more interesting the table looks.

I do not, however like the price of the chargers.  I always set a table for 6, and at $12 a piece for the pretty ones, I just can’t spend that kind of money.

I set off to see what Old Time Pottery had to offer.  I found some of the bright gold plastic ones for $1.99.  The price was right, but the color was not!

This is where I was a bad blogger and did not get a before picture.  But, you know these chargers.  The bright, shiny plastic gold ones.  There is nothing wrong with the bright gold.  I really am liking gold more and more these days.  I just wanted a richer, warmer look.

I roughed them up a bit with sand paper.  Painted on a coat of Annie Sloan French Linen and another coat of Old White.

I sanded them and waxed them with a dark wax.  I was totally surprised at how great they turned out!

I love how they looked stacked under the plate and bowl.

I found a set of these iron urns at a yard sale.  They had been spray painted gold.  I added a light coat of Old White and sanded them down a bit.  I added moss and a white pumpkin.

I do not like to stack the decorations too high on the table. I have tried to have conversations through large flower arrangements, and it is not easy to do!  So, I always hang some decorations from the chandeliers.  I mixed some real bittersweet in with the giant acorns.  The color of the bittersweet is so vibrant!

I am looking forward to a day of family, food and fun.

Life to the full,



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  1. Don’t you just love Old Time Pottery? Love your table. Blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. Just looked at calendar to see Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow. Boy this month has sure flown by.
    Your table is gorgeous Melissa. Love the neutrals and the spots of blue. Smart idea snazzing up the chargers. Lucky you having a few folks for the day. Enjoy the day. Your sure adventurous to do all the cooking.

  3. The chargers came out amazing. Love everything. I am hosting this year and I hope to be able to add a few touches from your table!

  4. Beautiful, warm and inviting. You sure know how to set up a table! Thank you for sharing.

  5. You did great with the chargers and the urns, Melissa! In its white state, the charger reminded me of the ones I got at Pier 1 one year. And the shape is so pretty. Your table looks lovely! I agree about not trying new recipes. I do try out new recipes ahead of time to make sure they taste good. This year I am making a Coconut Cream Pie, which I tried out about a month ago since it was a new-to-me recipe.

  6. i neeeeed those acorns, they are so cute. the table looks fabulous.

  7. What a great idea to paint the chargers! I love the acorns, they’re adorable! Your table looks beautiful – Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. This is gorgeous! Awesome job. I want your tablescape 🙂

  9. What a beautiful Thanksgiving table you’ve set. They sell the large plastic chargers at Dollar Tree, too, so I may try painting them as well. Yours turned out lovely! I also love the touch of sky blue–it works so nicely with the orange. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  10. Wow! They look awesome! Great idea. You did a great job.

  11. Love the chargers!! They sure don’t look like plastic now! Great job!
    And where can I find those beautiful acorns hanging from the chandy?

  12. Love, Love, Love what you did with your chargers!!! I am definitely going to have to try this!! Your table looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Thanks for the great tip about painting the chargers! I’ll be at Old Time Pottery first thing in the morning now! LOL

  14. Thanks so much for sharing….I know where I’ll be first thing in the morning! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family.

  15. Melissa, I love this table! I would never have thought to try that with the chargers…they turned out great! Love that rubbed/waxed finish. The chandelier is wonderful! Perfect table setting for the holidays!

  16. Beautiful! I love what you did with the chargers.
    Thanks for joining me at HSH!

  17. I love the charge plates! Great idea! I am wanting to make some myself, but wondering how these cleaned up after the party?

  18. I love the charger idea and your table looks lovely! Can you please tell me the name of the paint color on your wall behind your dining table?

  19. You did a great job refurbishing the charger. I thought it was wood. It looks like the ones that are in Pier one. Ive been wanting a charger like you have but unable to find a charger like yours at a decent price here on Long Island.

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