Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to the Holiday Tablescape Tour of 2016. I’ve partnered with some of the most talented DIY bloggers for a jam packed tablescape tour. You won’t want to miss a stop because there’s lots of decorating inspiration for all.

Holiday Tablescape Tour 2016

If you are coming over from I Am a Homemaker, welcome! Wasn’t Jillian’s table beautiful? I love the simple candy canes and pine branches at each place setting.

Tablescape Tour 2016

I hope you enjoyed my holiday home tour last week. Today I’d love to invite you into our dining room. I didn’t spend a lot of money on this tablescape. In fact, most of the decorations were created with a copper plumbing pipe, truth!

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

This copper pipe centerpiece was made with—you guessed it—a copper pipe. You can learn how to make your own copper pipe centerpiece here.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

It doubles as a beautiful floral centerpiece, too!

DIY Copper Pipe Centerpiece | Pretty Handy Girl

For the napkin rings, you can cut small pieces of 3/4″ pipe and roll the end of napkins into the pipes. I might buy a larger copper pipe in the future to make bigger napkin rings.  Go ahead, make your own by following this video for cutting pipe by hand.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

For a touch of natural beauty, I tucked a few blooming camellias from our yard into the rings.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

I try not to buy greenery, but a few years ago I fell in love with seeded eucalyptus. Luckily my grocery store carries bunches to purchase.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m excited for Christmas morning. We usually have family over and have a big Christmas brunch with lots of pancakes. Yum!

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you like to decorate your table for the holidays? You’ll want to check out the rest of the Holiday Tablescape Tour for more ideas!

Head on over to Cristina’s at Remodelando la Casa, you’ll love her tablescape!

Tablescape Tour 2016

Then visit the rest of the stops on the tablescape tour:

Decor Adventures
Her Toolbelt
I Am a Homemaker
Pretty Handy Girl
Remodelando la Casa
Sawdust 2 Stitches
Stacy Risenmay
That’s My Letter

Enjoy the rest of the tour!

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Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

Welcome back. If you were here for the tour on Friday, I’m so happy to see you again. I have the table set and would love to have you join me for some good food and great conversation. Today we are going to be sharing part 2 of the Colorful Fall Tablescape Home Tour.

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

If you’re new around here, I built my own farmhouse table last year and love the rustic look and feel. I scoured Craig’s List until I found chairs that I love. The chairs came with a table that was painted white, but I quickly turned around and sold it on Craig’s List. I don’t have any interest in keeping chairs and tables as a set. (Throw rotten tomatoes at me, go ahead.) I tend to like the collected and eclectic look. Which explains the nailhead trim head chairs I purchased at World Market (see below for source links.)

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

The pedestal fruit bowl used to be dark walnut, but it had fallen out of favor in my decorating so I added two coats of chalk paint and distressed it. Now I love it again!

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016
Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

The place settings were left simple with a burlap ribbon around the plates and a mini pumpkin on top.

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

I used some alstroemeria flowers in little votive jars because I knew they last longer than other flowers. Unfortunately the peach colored flowers already dropped their pedals but the yellow ones are holding strong.

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016
Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

A few years ago I temporarily taped antique sheet music into the back of the buffet hutch. It’s funny how temporary sometimes becomes more permanent. I added the fake white gourd and pumpkin to the shelves. Don’t mind those two pinecones peeking out from the top shelf. I guess I couldn’t see them when I was decorating. Oops.

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

Do you like anything you see? Want to use one of these things in your own home? I pulled together a few links so you can shop my dining room look. (I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Farmhouse Fall Dining Room Decor

Black Buffet with HutchGold Chargers | Embossed White Plates | Burlap Ribbon | Wood Pedestal Fruit Bowl | Embossed Glass Jar | Floral Placemats | Mercury Glass Canisters | Cast Iron Stars: Medium and Small | Faux White Pumpkin | Nailhead Trim Head Chairs | Cane Back Chairs

Pretty Handy Girl Fall Tablescape 2016

Doorway & Living RoomMaster Bedroom | Kitchen

Do you decorate your dining room for fall? I’d love to see your decor, leave a link in your comment below.

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Holiday Woodland Tablescape 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome back for another holiday room tour! Today I’d love to have you join us in the dining room. Can I tell you a secret? I don’t usually make a big Christmas meal. Instead, I like to make a huge batch of pancakes and bacon or sausage. I’m definitely a breakfast for lunch or dinner kind of gal. In fact, we sit down in the dining room and the whole family enjoys a big brunch on Christmas day. Maybe one year I’ll surprise the family with a ham. Or maybe not.

Apparently I’m old enough to witness a trend go out of style and come back again. I’m thrilled to be able to dust off my blue and white Spode plates and use them on my holiday tablescape this year. Do you have a collection of blue and white plates? Do you use them all the time, only for special occasions or never?

Holiday Woodland Tablescape 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

It was great to bring out the deer from last year’s tablescape.  They really add the woodland feel to our table.

Holiday Woodland Tablescape 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

I purchased a mixed green garland from Kroger and pulled it apart to decorate the table and more! Gotta love getting fresh greens from the grocery store.

Holiday Woodland Tablescape 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

Holiday Woodland Tablescape 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

Speaking of table, did you notice that my table is different from last year? I finally made this beautiful farmhouse table from reclaimed timbers and Osbourne wood table legs. You can easily make your own table following this tutorial. Read more

Fall Home Tour 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

When I got back from my extended stay in Houston (after my sinus surgery), I was so anxious to decorate for fall. All those magazines I’d been perusing and all the beautiful Instagram photos had me craving some beautiful autumn decor. It took me a few days to get my energy back after I got home. In fact, I was still feeling a little worn out when I spotted this post on Facebook about a local multi-family yard sale that ran Monday – Saturday.

Rustic Yard Sale

I thought it was a joke or a dream. But, something told me (more like fifty of my fans on Facebook) that I should get off the couch and high tail it to this sale. My sweet friend Candace from Rusted Roots Blog was easily persuaded to meet me there, so I wouldn’t be the only fool who fell for a yard sale mid-week.

We both filled our cars with some great finds! I got home and quickly put together a little pumpkin and rustic relics display by our side door.

Fall Home Tour 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

Fall Home Tour 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

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Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

I’ve always wanted a rustic wood farmhouse table. I wanted a table that looked worn, well-loved and appeared to be over 100 years old. It’s very hard to achieve that look with new lumber. To get that rustic look, you either need old reclaimed lumber or the skills to stain and distress new wood. I chose the first option and bought reclaimed rafters from The ReUse Warehouse in Durham, NC.

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

They were very rustic to say the least. I was prepared to plane and glue them together myself, but I don’t own a planer (insert sad trombone sound.) Instead, I brought the rafters to Mark Kegler of Kegler’s Woodwerks. Mark has ALL the woodworking equipment and he convinced me to let him glue the tabletop together since I realized I also don’t have 5 bar clamps (Christmas wish list updated now.)

For fun I thought I’d show you the behind the scene pictures of the table top as it was being planed and ripped. That way you can view the process should you decide to piece together your own reclaimed lumber table top.

Behind the Scenes at the Shop:

First they ran a metal detector over the beams and then removed nails with an extractor.

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Next, the rafters were fed through a planer to give them all a uniform thickness.

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

It was like Christmas morning watching the wood as it came out and I could see the of the beautiful grain revealed.

reclaimed-lumber-before-after

Mark and Randy used a straight line rip saw to cut the edges straight with the exception of two rafter edges that would be used for a live edge on the table. I was able to salvage the edges that they ripped off for later use.

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

The boards were glued with wood glue and clamped together. Then they were left to cure overnight. In the morning, the short ends of the table were cut square.

Back at home I built the table base (the apron and legs).

Finishing the Reclaimed Wood Table Top:

Remember the salvage I kept from Mark’s shop? I used it to cap the table as edge band to hide the end grain. Hold the edge band up against the end, mark and cut the excess off.

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Add wood glue to the inside of the edge band. Read more

How to Build a Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Building a Farmhouse Table has been on my mind for several years. I was never crazy about our hand-me-down dining set. But, I never had the time to build a table from scratch. Now that the table is done, I don’t know why I put it off for so long. Building a table is relatively easy DIY project. You basically need four table legs, 1″ x 4″ boards for the apron and a table top. Depending on your style, you can use anything for the top. You can cut grooves into an existing table top to create the plank look, like Lauren from Bless’er House did:

Faux Plank Table Top by Bless'Er House

Or you could use 2″ x 6″ lumber to create a new table top like Jaime from That’s My Letter did:

2x6 Lumber Table by That's My Letter

Or wrap MDF with galvanized sheet metal for a zinc top, like Traci from Beneath My Heart did:

Zinc Topped Table by Beneath My Heart

Feel free to create a table top with something less conventional like a slab of marble, tempered glass or an old door! Use your imagination and creativity.

I chose to work with reclaimed lumber for a true farmhouse table top. I bought reclaimed rafters from The ReUse Warehouse in Durham, NC. When I paid for it, the lumber looked like this:

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

But, was transformed into this:

Reclaimed Lumber Farmhouse Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Here are the details for creating the reclaimed wood table top.

Today we’re going to learn how to build the table base!

How to Build a Table Materials:

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  • 4 Table legs (rope twist legs I used from Osborne Wood Products)
  • Table top
  • 1″ x 4″ Premium Pine (poplar or other straight knot free wood)
  • Kreg JigHow to Build a Table
  • 2″ Pocket Hole ScrewsHow to Build a Table
    (you may also need different depth screws if you have a thin table top)
  • Tape MeasureHow to Build a Table
  • Combination SquareHow to Build a Table
  • ClampsHow to Build a Table
  • Pencil

Optional: 2″ x 4″ board for additional center support

How to Build a Table Instructions:

Measure your table top and subtract 8″ from the length measurement (my table is 71″ long, so the measurement I need for the base is 63″.) Measure the table top width and subtract 5″ from that measurement (my table is 42″ wide, so the measurement I need for the base is 37″.)

Next measure the thickness of the top of your table legs. Then double that number. This will give you the width of both legs per side. Subtract this number to get the length of your apron rails. (For example, my table base final measurement is 63″ x 37″. My table legs are 4″ wide x 2 = 8″. Therefore my two side rails need to be 55″ and the end rails should be 29″.)

How to Build a Table | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut the 1″ x 4″ boards to the size you figured out above.

Lay your legs and apron rails upside down on a flat surface. Double check your measurements, square and the table top dimensions against the table base. Read more

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What do you get when you combine 12 DIYers with a Christmas Tablescape tour? You get bloggers that are so talented that they not only decorate their table, but they can also build their own table!

Jen from House of Wood asked me to if I wanted to join the 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes. I have to admit that I’ve never created a tablescape before, so this was a bit outside my comfort zone. But, I’m always up for a challenge. Check in each day to see how these woodworking, DIY Rockstar bloggers pull out all the stops, saws and décor to decorate! And definitely check in on Friday to see if I nail it or fail it!

The Lineup:
Mon, 12/8 – Rogue Engineer
Tue, 12/9 – Her Toolbelt
Wed, 12/10 – So Much Better With Age
Thu, 12/11 – Pneumatic Addict Furniture
Fri, 12/12 – Pretty Handy Girl
Mon, 12/15 – All Things G & D
Tue, 12/16 – brittanyMAKES
Wed, 12/17 – House of Wood
Thu, 12/18 – Sawdust Girl
Fri, 12/19 – My Altered State
Mon, 12/22 – That’s My Letter
Tue, 12/23 – Ana-White.com

Jamison & Jamie are starting the tour with this knockout nature inspired dining room:

rogue-engineer-tablescape

Be sure to click over to the Rogue Engineer to see the entire room! It’s breath-taking.

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