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Friday, November 9, 2012

the rustic beauty of a wood pallet centerpiece

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This is what happened. I was walking to my car minding my own business when I happened to see a woman unloading merchandise into her store. She had a old, wooden pallet leaning up against her shop window and of course I noticed it because, well I’ve been dying to try out this crazy centerpiece idea I’ve had…

only I needed  …guess what?

Yep. A wood pallet. And the older and scruffier, the better. 

The woman had planned on heading to the dumpster with it, so she probably thought I was crazy when I said I’d take it. And I couldn’t wait to show it to my creative partner and tool master, otherwise known as my Dad.

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Originally I wanted a primitive looking planter box, but we decided to forgo the extra work of adding a bottom. After all, it was going to be on my table stuffed with pumpkins. Who would know?

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What do you think?

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I did end up sanding it and applying a little dark stain in some places, but that’s it.

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I thought about painting it or putting words on it, but in the end I chose to keep it simple. Lately, I’ve been craving “simple.”

And since my bigger pumpkins are white, I decided to go for a contrast.

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In keeping with the rustic farmhouse look, I removed my leopard chandelier shades and wound one package of natural raffia through my chandelier.

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You can see my mantel in this photo.

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Don’t you think it would look sweet with miniature orange pumpkins hanging from the chandelier arms? I saw that somewhere.

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It’s hard to see the burlap runner in this shot, but it’s there.

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Well, that’s it for now, and thanks to my Dad for all his help. Pulling nails out of wood is no fun. He usually shakes his head when I tell him my latest idea, but we sure have fun together.

Now I can cross off my fall dining room and move on to other things, like my book on Lincoln that I need to finish! The Steven Spielberg movie is coming out soon, and I can’t wait to see it. But that’s another topic for another day….

What projects are you trying to finish?

xoxo

Leslie

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10 comments:

Leslie's Garden said...

This is fabulous! How lucky you are to have such a talented Dad! I like the simpleness of it. It looks so pretty with the white and orange pumpkins. I can see it with greenery for Christmas, too. Can't wait to see it then!

Debra@CommonGround said...

OK, this is really cool and you're very creative. Now, why haven't I seen that gorgeous living room (love the slipcovers) and your dining room chairs? I'm going to have to snoop around over here to find it all!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

So pretty Leslie! I love pallet wood because it is usually worn wood but I don't like taking them apart. I like what you did here with yours. Easy and cute!

Linda said...

Wow what a great idea!! I love it. The rustic feel looks great with all the white. Love all the slipcovered chairs.

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

I Love it Leslie! You did a great job putting it all together!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Love it! So cool! I keep asking my hubby if there are any old pallets at work. I don't know for sure what I want to make with one but I just know I need one around for when inspiration strikes!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful centerpiece!! It amazing all the great things you can turn a pallet into!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a clever idea! I love the rustic pallet with all the pumpkins! Thanks for inspiring me today!

blessings,
karianne

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Leslie, I am in love...what a great centerpiece.

Unknown said...

Very beautiful center piece! It's very creative of you to think of doing this and you save money from just recyclic the pallets too.- palletmaxx.shoppkg.com

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