Dianne's Creative Table

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Country-fied Tablescape

I didn't start out with a country table in mind, my idea was to just  use my green dishes and red quilted place mats.  I loved the look of the green dishes on the place mats, but as I started placing the dishes, I realized they needed some white to separate the layers of green so I started with white chargers. 
The chargers where on clearance after Christmas at Hobby Lobby for $.68 each, but there was one little problem.... they were metallic maroon.  Don't know about you, but I didn't really have any table ideas that screamed red metallic maroon.  

So I pulled out the trusty spray can and made them what I needed!  The white was too dull, so after two coats of white, I hit them with some clear coat. 
Better, but still not enough white.  
Adding the Johnson Brothers Regency plate helped,
So I topped the stack with a white appetizer plate.  Just right!
When I went looking for napkins, nothing fit until I tried the gingham.  That's when the table went country for me, so I went with it. 
Wrought iron candle holders purchased years ago at TJ,

And the perfect country accent..... Chickens and curly willow! Had to jump in the car and run to my MIL to rob borrow some curly willow from her tree.  

Isn't it great when you have a vague idea in your head and it comes together on the table way better than your idea?  
Another great idea is to visit Tabletop Tuesday, and Tablescape Thursday, as well as Seasonal Sundays.


  1. Pretty dishes! But I love your green centerpiece! I'm always wanting to do something like it, but I'd have to borrow a tree somewhere too! The curly willow is wonderful.

  2. Gorgeous! Lovely dishes! Love everything about this post! The green centerpiece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. Your table looks stunning. Love the country look. What a great idea about spray painting the charger....clever lady! Diane

  4. All of your chickens look so cute in this tablescape! Like how you added in the green and red to the white for a fresh look. Good idea to paint those strangely colored chargers. LOL Visiting from Marty's.

  5. Great idea love thecountry look. Roosters make it fun. Love it.

  6. What a wonderful table. Love your combinations of pretty dishes and the Roosters are just wonderful. I'm a Rooster lover myself. Just a lovely tablescape.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. Gorgeous. Your dishes and accessories are stunning and of course I love the roosters and chicks. They are perfect. What a lovely setting and the room is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. Love that prissy hen in your centerpiece.

  9. Love that you 'borrowed' the curly willow.. it's fabulous. I love being part of your design process. the gingham napkins are wonderful. I love that they go so well with the placemats. I've never sprayed the chargers.. but you know i think i will try that the next time they are on sale! Love the green dishes with the white. great table.. and the hens on parade are fabulous! Many blessings, marlis.

  10. I like the transformation of the charger plates. Nice job! The whole table looks great; I really like your plate "stack". Your centerpiece is really sweet, too.

  11. Hi Dianne

    Thanks for popping over to my post. I agree with you the glass chargers are a good choice for the table when it is vvirtually impossible to buy them here. I also had your idea to use silver trays as they are relatively cheap in the thrift stores. I have managed to get 6 so far. So I guess great minds think alike.

    I must say that this table looks so lovely. You are a clever lady. I do have to admit that I actually like the Maroon chargers as they are, as well as painting them white. I had thought of doing that myself. I once saw a blog where a lady had made some gorgeous chargers from large plates and texturising gesso and doilies. So when time permits I thought I would have a go doing the same, from old microwave plates. There are always heaps of them in the thrift shops and they are oooh so cheap. So watch this space!!

    But back to you I love this table so much, what time will you want me over?? ;-}

    Love Jo

  12. Your TS & TT is absolutely gorgeous.

    Love your plates & I have the same chargers 3 different colours.

    Wish I could visit you and enjoy the ambiance of your beautiful home.

    Don't forget to join my & Marty's giveaway. Visit me in Stockholm §:-)

    Happy TTT.

  13. Love waht you did with those chargers! I've got to keep my eyes open for sale chargers and not worry about the color.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. What a great table. The layers are full of texture and that centerpiece is wonderful. Love the idea of just painting something to make it what you need. '-)

  15. Love your table and also the idea of painting the chargers. Your layering of the dishes looks great and who doesn't love chickens. Thanks for sharing.

  16. That was an inspired idea to paint those chargers! And I love your chicken collection (I have a few myself and they seem to be multiplying). Very nice table! I am a new follower. Linda

  17. Dianne,
    Very creative, dear! Who would have thought to have sprayed the chargers. . .other than a blog lady??? Too cute! Darling countryfied tablescape. Those chickens, hens and rooster make your theme stunning!

  18. This is so cute -- I've been thinking of spraying some chargers white too. Love how yours turned out. Love that perky hen on your table.

  19. Great tablescape. Love the chickens and the roosters, and the curly willow is perfect as a "nest".Smart idea to paint the chargers.

  20. Dianne, it is just beautiful!! I love the color & theme....perfect! Curly willow is a favorite of mine!

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  21. I simply have to find some inexpensive chargers and a can of spray paint. I think that I want some pink chargers...and some green chargers...and some...oh my! Your tablescape is wonderful...excellent balance and proportion. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  22. wonderful, cozy, country tablescape! amazing what a little paint will do, too! Have a great week!

  23. Oh my! Love, love your tablescape! It's one of the prettiest I've seen. You did a fantastic job! Love the color combinations and the "chickies" are favorites of mine.

    Have a great week, and thanks for sharing.


  24. Dianne,

    I LOVE your country tablescape! Those chickens are so cute, and I love your placemats, napkins, dishes and flatware. The whole table is so welcoming, and you have such a pretty dining room. Thanks for sharing and Happy Seasonal Sunday.


  25. Your country-fied table is beautiful. What a lovely "stack"!! Love the spray painted chargers!!

  26. I loved seeing the evolution of this table, Dianne! Wonderful pieces to play with & you did a great job with all of them.

    Thanks for sharing you ideas & thought processes.

  27. Thanks so much for being part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. Hi lovely lady.
    This is just gorgeous sweet lady, so nice and crisp and pretty Tablescape in your lovely country dining room !!! Your China is also beautiful !!! I love everything about your tablecape !!!! Im your newest follower on your lovely Blog. I hope you come see me.~~~~
    I hope you have a Great Week with your lovely family.
    XXOO Diane