Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving preview...

Well as promised, I sent my husband to the wood shop yesterday to copy the look in the inspiration photo I found on pinterest. Thanks to my wonderful husband, we finished this little project today.

We made ours shorter as I want to have a place setting at each end and the inspiration piece does not allow for that. Luis also gave me some advice on styling! He thought it did not have enough green, so I added the cypress, and I had to admit he was right:-)

I showed how we built it yesterday, so here is some of the finishing process. I distressed with a hammer and a hand planer then sanded. I used an oak stain first, then a dark walnut. This works for me when I want dark but still want some of the lighter grain to show through. 

Kind of the mid point here and not how I wanted it to be. I put more dark walnut on then sanded after it dried overnight. 

These ends were from a pallet my dad brought home. Definitely looks old now! I followed this up with a coat of wax today to finish it.

I love, love, love it! 

I cannot wait to use this for my Thanksgiving setting!! There is plenty of room for place settings and it is low enough to leave on the table. 

The best part about this project is that it was totally free!! I had everything I needed already here. With a little recycling of old lumber and a little work, I was able to recreate something I really loved. 

**I have several of these boxes listed in my etsy shop in different sizes, or we can make custom sizes. Check out Knight's Store on etsy, or leave me a comment here for more info. 

Thanks for stopping by and especially for your comments!! I have been slow this week getting back because we have had a lot of ministry opportunities happening. I cooked BBQ pork and Apple Crisp for a local soup kitchen yesterday, then we will be ministering to homeless veterans tomorrow night and again Friday, plus getting ready for upcoming performances, so busy we are. Have a great weekend! 

I'll be joining:

DIY Project Parade
Masterpiece Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
Tabletop Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday


  1. AMAZING!!!! I love that it's all from your reclaimed wood...just beautiful. What a beautiful table you will have!

  2. Oh Anita! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT TOO!!
    You & your husband did a fantastic job!!
    Better than your inspiration piece!
    And it was FREE!! Even BETTER!

  3. That is a stunning centerpiece, Anita! Amazing how you put it together so quickly and for no money!! Fantastic, all organic and green, beautiful! xo

  4. Anita, This turned out lovely!

    Have a terrific day,

  5. Hello Anita...Ive been MIA for quite a while but so glad to come back to visit you and see you are doing such wonderful things.

    I love this project and think I might have to try it myself (or Big Daddy). I have to buy some lumber tomorrow for another project so this just might come out of it too!

    Thanks so much for sharing and I will be catching up tonight on your blog.

    Lucky 7 Design

  6. Entertaining WomenNovember 5, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    You've created a tablescaping treasure! I love it. I've been looking for just the perfect box to center on my fireplace for ages...still looking. You're going to use this so many times! I can see it filled with nursery pots of Johnny Jump Ups next spring...sigh. I love it! Cherry Kay

  7. The Quintessential MagpieNovember 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    WOW! This is just stunning, Anita. You all did a fabulous job, and I'm so impressed with your sweetie's handiwork. You two make an awesome team!

    Loved seeing this. Thanks for sharing. You've inspired me!



  8. Lori @ Dining DelightNovember 6, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    WONDERFUL!! The box/tray turned out fantastic and I love all the items you've placed inside! I need to use YOUR pics as an inspiration photo to show my hubby! (they are better than the original!) I'd love to have something like this not just for Thanksgiving but to create seasonal displays all year long!


  9. This is so wonderful. I love the idea of a huge centerpiece without it spreading out. It is contained yet makes a huge statement. You two did a fantastic job. I bet you could sell a lot of those boxes!

  10. It is gorgeous Anita. Your husband is so good. Imagine all the fun you will have with that per season. Good job!

  11. The Decorative DreamerNovember 6, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    I knew this was going to be beautiful, especially with your old wood. It is even more stunning in your home. Both you and your husband did a fantastic job on this project! You make a great team!

  12. Well done, Anita! You absolutely improved on the inspiration photo, and I can't wait to see the full tablescape. You do such great work on the tabletop!

  13. ℳartina @ Northern NestingNovember 6, 2011 at 5:57 AM

    BEAUTIFUL Anita!!!

  14. WOW, that is gorgeous...can't wait to see it with the table set for Thanksgiving!

  15. Oh my goodness, Anita! It's stunning! I love it ~ I need one for our table! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. It's nice to 'e-meet' you! I'm your newest follower and look forward to seeing more!

    Have a wonderful week.


  16. Godastunder-tokigaidéerNovember 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Beautiful what a wonderful fantastic idea.


  17. Anita, that is absolutely beautiful. I love that you made it at no cost. It's just as gorgeous if not more so than the inspiration pic. I'm sure it will knock or socks off even more when the table is fully set for Thanksgiving.

  18. I am so jealous (but in a good way) Your husband is very talented. Your table is more than perfect! Lucky you =)

    From Virginia

  19. Sarah @ Modern Country StyleNovember 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    It's GORGEOUS!! I had to scroll back and forth between your inspiration image and YOUR images weren't one and the same. You've done a GREAT job!!

    I've signed up to follow your lovely blog - I'm hooked!


  20. Well, somehow I have never stumbled across your blog before. You are just the cutest thing ever and you have a beautiful blog! I am your neweest follower! I read your profile and you sound a lot like my girls. They were both Christian singers but kind of gave it up when they got married (which is sad for me). My youngest son is also a musician and traveled with a band for about a year...but he is a homebody and came home and married a wonderful girl. I am so glad I found you! xo Diana

  21. Oh I love this! I have one that I purchased at an antique store a few years ago. I used it for my Thanksgiving tablescape that year. The trouble with mine is that the handle is in the way for displaying anything tall like the taper candles. You were ingenious to build it without a handle!

  22. I absolutely LOVE it! Wow. You two did an amazing job on it and it looks so gorgeous with the pumpkins, candles and greenery in it. Your Thanksgiving table will be so beautiful when it is set. I hope you post photos of it too. You are a very busy couple and I'm sure you are blessing a lot of people with your service. Hugs,Pamela

  23. Janette - The2SeasonsNovember 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    That is absolutely beautiful.

  24. Jane@Cottage at the CrossroadsNovember 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Your box is just gorgeous! How nice you can just show something to your husband and he can recreate it! You have styled yours better than the inspiration one. I can see it at Christmas and other seasons!

  25. There are no words for how amazingly beautiful that is!! I think yours is by far prettier than the inspiration picture! Think of all the lovely things you can do with it each season! Absolutely stunning!

  26. Pinky at Designs by PinkyNovember 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Oh Anita, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it too!!!!! It is beautiful and I think I am going to show my hubby and ask him to make me one too! It is just gorgeous. Can you give dimensions, since you said it is thin enought to allow for placesettings. THanks so much and have a great week. Sounds like you are BUSY!!! XO, Pinky

  27. Allyson PecilunasNovember 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Anita, it is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love it so much! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! You and your hubby did an amazing job!

  28. Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet HomeNovember 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Beautiful. I love the box. It looks lovely with the table runner. Would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home and link up to More the Merrier Monday.

    P.S. I'm a new follower. Love your blog

  29. Fantastic Job... The tablescape looks soo warm and inviting with all the candles.... !! What a lovely blog you have !!!

  30. Carey's Farmhouse KitchenNovember 7, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Great project, very flexible! You can change it for the seasons. I like this because wider dough bowls would be too large for guests. This is the perfect size.

  31. Anita, just stunning.... and awesome talent of your husband. I love your dimensions because it allows for more place settings as you pointed out. The stain and glazes are rich and warm. I know you will enjoy this beautiful creation for a long time. The Matellaise runner is a lovely background. The candle pillars are great. Can't wait to see future table tops with your centerpiece.Thanks for sharing.

  32. Marty@A Stroll Thru LifeNovember 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Anita, this is absolutely fabulous. I love it. What a great idea and your pumpkin and candle display is gorgeous. I can see this with so many different displays for all the seasons. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  33. On Crooked CreekNovember 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    I do believe that your creation is much more beautiful than your inspiration piece! I adore that it's low enough for easy flowing conversation! The candlelight makes it an enchanting centerpiece, indeed. Job well done!

  34. It is beautiful!! Ya'll did a great job. Deb

  35. You did a geat job improving on your inspiration photo. Think of all the things you can do with it! I am visiting from next door at Met Monday.

    Robin Flies South

  36. Sheets on the line, love in my heart.November 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    i am in love with all the wonderful things you have done! you have given my great ideas!!

  37. My first time to visit your blog...I love the table display...gorgeous! Doesn't it make you feel great to create something as pretty as this for little or no money?
    Hope you'll take time to drop by my place..
    BTW..I love the name Anita..I have that name as well...

  38. GORGEOUS!!! You both did a wonderful job, and it looks fabulous on your table (which is beautiful as well/). Love your runner!

  39. What a job well done! Beautiful and perfect for your table!

  40. Pam - @diy Design FanaticNovember 7, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Wow, Anita! You really did a fabulous job and you definitely did better than your inspiration photo.

  41. Amazing, this is a fabulous centerpiece for Thanksgiving and later you can change it into a Christmas decor. I like your better than the original one, it's terrific! Happy week Anita. FABBY

  42. Phyllis @Around the HouseNovember 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Your table centerpiece is simply amazing...I love all the greenery with the creme candles and the added pinecones...just beautiful...I am now a new follower of yours...thanks for the great pictures

  43. Anita, wow! That is gorgeous. So quintessentially fall! I do agree with your husband, the green is a great addition.

  44. Anita, this looks fantastic! Your husband did a fabulous job recreating your inspiration and you aged/stained it perfectly! Your tabletop looks so warm and inviting!
    Well done,

  45. omgosh this is the best ever center pieceAnita its perfect in everyway.Ilove how you can display so many thing inside of it and its low you won,t have to take it off the table everyone can enjoy it with the wonderful glow of the candles.And the way you distressed it to look like worm woodwith the little holes what more can i say its AWSOME have a wonderful Thanksgiveing with your lovely family .I will be spending mine with Debbiecant wait hugs Linda

  46. So beautiful Anita! you and your husband did a fantastic job!

  47. What a great hubby done the great job.

    So bounty home.

    Greetings from Stockholm,

  48. I'm spending a little time checking out new blogs, so i thought id stop and say hello to you folks. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  49. Love it! Pat

  50. kitty@ Kitty's Kozy KitchenNovember 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    That is one of the prettiest centerpieces that I've seen!! It is so warm & wonderful & could quickly be changed out for Christmas, or any season!!!

  51. That's very lovely and so perfect for the coming season. I love the idea of making the wood box which can be repurposed for Christmas and New Year's. Just a great idea for everyone. Jane

  52. I absolutely adore your centerpiece and love that it was free! Thanks for visting my blog.

  53. Your table box is lovely, even better than the inspiration photo! It will be fun to decorate for any season.


  54. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLRNovember 8, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Anita, this is absolutely stunning! You just never cease to amaze me with your tablescapes! This is truly awesome!!

  55. Gorgeous, gorgeous my friend, this turned out beautifully :) when you get time please drop by my blog :)


  56. Sandi@ Rose Chintz CottageNovember 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Hello Anita,
    What a wonderful and festive table box for your Thanksgiving dinner! I love it! Thanks for sharing and I'm happy to meet you. Found you through Mari's blog and I'm your newest follower. It's always lovely to meet another Christian blogger. Please stop by and say Hello. Wishing you a delightful day.


  57. Linda @ Life and LindaNovember 10, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Oh how gorgeous! Wow, what a team you two are. Love what you created. It's so warm and inviting.
    It pays to have some leftover wood around. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece.

  58. This is so great! I have an old wooden brick mold just sitting in my garage and this would be such a GREAT way to use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. What is the length, width and height of this is not the same as what you have in your esty site...let me know as soon as you can...I have a huge table and the little one you sell would be way too tiny. Thanks!

    1. Hi Dawn, mine is 47 1/2" long, 5 1/2" tall and 9" wide. I made it specifically for this table and they can be made to order whatever size you would like. I think 5 1/2" tall is a little tall because I have to put floral foam in the bottom, but it depends on what you want.