Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Quick....I Need a Tablecloth!"


 What does one do when one needs a tablecloth and has a particular thing in mind.... no time and no funds? One idea.....make it oneself!

I have a different table in the Dining Room this year than last....the old one was a rectangle, and now it is round. This new (old) table may not be permanent since I think it is too small, but it is doing for now. I had a table cloth in mind....one with bold dark grey stripes. But I certainly did not have time to find it or have one made for the Holidays!

What to do in a pinch? Take out a trusty paint drop cloth....they are huge and very inexpensive....
 Buy some paint and a 9" roller from Home Depot. The 9" size was just about the right size for my stripes.....
 Spread out the drop cloth on top of another drop cloth....don't forget! The paint does seep through....
 If you would like things to be perfect, use painter's tape for making the lines straight. I chose to go a more casual route that ended up being a bit modern looking and "imperfect"...much less stressful! 

 And in one afternoon....I had the effect I was going for....I draped the table and tucked the extra edges underneath....
 Then the real fun of setting the table began! I have a pair of hand blown glass candelabras from Mexico...I used one for the center. I added gold chargers and my vintage Tiffany gold edged plates....I kind of liked the simplicity and was thinking to just stop here....but I kept on going.
 I added some Chinese green glazed plates and my new La Rochere Jacques Coeur wine and water glasses, white hotel napkins and silver....
 I made a boxwood "ball" using boxwood from the yard to put on the candelabra and some little mercury glass votive holders held more boxwood....




A few brass horns and pine cones from my Holiday stash....
Some votive candles, and Mother of Pearl salt dishes.....

All done!

Dinner at 8:00!

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday!

Here's to a Joyful and Prosperous New Year!

40 comments:

Full House said...

I am loving how that turned out. I like it better than of you would have found a wide stripe fabric with clean cut lines.

Pigtown-Design said...

Katie! It looks fabulous! And that you were rushed getting ready and taking pix the whole time! Good job!

Rene said...

Brilliant!

Happy new year to you!

-Rene

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You will be happy to know that when I saw the first photograph, I said to myself... "Wow. Great tablecloth!"
Little did I realize you had made it!! Bravo!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Your table cloth and table looks fabulous and I love the boxwood too! Thanks for the tips and Happy New Year to you, Katie.
Deborah

mary said...

Thanks for the drop cloth idea--I have a 58" rnd table and run in to that problem all of the time. That is perfect!! Happy New Year!

quintessence said...

Katie - you are so clever and resourceful - and not to mention fabulously stylish! Your table looks gorgeous and the best part is, you made it look so easy (which we all know is not the case)! Brava!

Brillante Home Decor said...

Splendid...I love the simplicity of the tablecloth and greenery and the refined luxury of the silver and china. Happy New Year Katie!

maison21 said...

what a great idea, and your dinner decorations look amazing!

happy new year, katie!

oxoxo-

c.

Angie said...

Beautiful!!!

Karena said...

Katie I love this so much you have inspired me to make a new tablecloth!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Peggy and Fritz said...

OMG I'm dying over your table. Love it. Love it. Love it. I was on a budget for Thanksgiving and took my old white table cloth and covered it with Burlap which I got for $6.00 and used mason jars with mixed greens - bouquet was $6.00 at Vons...but it came out great. I love this idea and you made it look spectacular. You can look at my Thanksgiving on budget - it was posted right before Thanksgiving. Simply beautiful.

HOBAC said...

Genius!

Mélanie A. said...

I'm totally in love with your table . The musical ribbons look divine.
Happy new year

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

You are the cat's pajamas!! LOVE this! To a beautiful and puposeful twenty eleven!!

Mona Thompson said...

Fabulous! I love the final setting. glad you kept going. Will definitely keep in mind that tablecloth trick. Really great job. Happy New Year.

Visual Vamp said...

Genius!
xo xo
PS Happy New Year!

poindextr said...

pretty pretty pretty! Great ideas, all! I have 2 odd sized tables, 1 large square and 1 super large round. And I never have tablecloths that fit. So I'm constantly layering. Not so long ago I purchased a gorgeous queen sized coverlet on clearance for the 7-foot round table and it works nicely as a tablecloth. Might try the same thing in a full size for the square table - January is traditionally a good month for white sales, I think ...
Happy new year !!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Oh, I absolutely love it!

Renae said...

OUTSTANDING!!!! Just love it Katie....so festive and I love your creativity. Will tuck this one in the back of my mind!
Happy New Year!
xx

Splendid Sass said...

Katie, this is a genius idea, and I love how it turned out! Beautiful table!
have a wonderful day.
Teresa

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

Katie,
Your table cloth is beautiful! What a great idea.

Happy 2011!

xo,
cristin

La Petite Gallery said...

I have made them from King size sheets, whoa!! This is so clever
Thank you for this brillant idea.

Happy New Year Katie, may all your wishes come true,

yvonne

Marianne - Style For Living said...

Katie, I just found your lovely blog and I love it! This is the most creative thing I've seen in a long time. Absolutely gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Lindsey said...

This is awesome! Totally steeling this idea for a baby shower I'm throwing next month! Can you say polka dots?!? So fun! Thanks for the clever idea. Your table is stunning.

GRAYSONFAVOUR said...

Katie, you are one smart gal!!!
The table looks fab...Happy New Year

mydesignchic said...

What a fabulous idea...fun and festive!! Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!

The Polished Pebble said...

That is such a great idea!

It turned out so wonderful...

~kelley

Design in the Woods said...

Very clever! Love the casual look of the cloth with the formality of the settings. Carla

The enchanted home said...

Very clever! Great to know when I am in a quandry as to what to do for a table cloth....everyone has a drop cloth or old sheet lying around. The table ended up looking very glamorous!

Hope you will visit my new blog....really enjoy yours!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

The funny thing is, I saw your headline in my google reader and my immediate thought was, "Ooo! She should use a drop cloth!" And she did. :-)

The room looks amazing!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

The funny thing is, I saw your headline in my google reader and my immediate thought was, "Ooo! She should use a drop cloth!" And she did. :-)

The room looks amazing!

Gina said...

Excellent idea with the table cloth... have to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing

greetings and happy 2011

Gina from Germany

The Devine Life said...

Great tablecloth! Congrats.

*Chic Provence* said...

Dear Katie this is so cool... bravo! thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration this year...and I look forward to more Katiedid in 2011!

xoxo

Kit

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Thankfully a friend turned me on to your (fab!) blog. I, too, have been searching for a floor-length table cloth. When the rain lets up, I'm zooming to the nearest Home Depot for a drop cloth. What a creative, artsy, DIVINE way to dress the table! Can't wait to delve into your blog. Happy New Year!!!

Girl Meets Paris said...

I popped over here from Vava's blog. Love the cloth. A friend of mine stinciled some drop cloths and made fabulous drapes! I'm sure you know this, but you could have a larger plywood piece cut round and to size and plop it over your existing table. Who's to know when it's covered! It's a great inexpensive way to enlarge a round table, or any table for that matter!
Great blog...glad I found you.
Teri

A Perfect Gray said...

fabulous tablecloth...

stephbsa said...

I really like your tablecloth - it's like eating on art.

penelopebianchi said...

Completely Brilliant!

I don't have much boxwood.....but a few in pots! I will ask my gardener (who is so confused; he has had to unlearn everything he has been taught!) to give me the boxwood trimmings! DUH!

I actually purchased boxwood wreaths.....this year! It shows how we are too disconnected from many things! All I needed were those trimmings.....

(at least they went into the compost!!)

Live and learn! Thank you so much for the lesson!

Love the tablecloth. The painter's drop cloths from Home Depot (thanks to Brooke at Velvet and Linen) are my new favorite fabric! Wash them three times; put them in the dryer 3 times.......You will get what looks like old French linen. For about 75 cents a yard....instead of at least 75 dollars!

Love this!!! Bravo! Being chic has really nothing to do with money! Even better; when one can do chic, chic things on a "shoestring"! My Granny taught me that!