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?


What do you think?


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


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.




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


You can see my mantel in this photo.


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?



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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

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

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


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

  9. 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.-