DIY Rustic Wood Tablescape for Fall

WH walnut hollow tablescape

Fall is here, and that means a lot more opportunities to gather around the table!  From football games to team parties to Thanksgiving, I find that I spend a lot more time at home hosting family and friends.  It was time to change up my summery table centerpiece and move to a more autumnal look.  I wasn’t ready to give up the bright colors of summer yet, though, so I incorporated a cheery yellow color into my rustic wood tablescape.  By combining a few simple techniques with some gorgeous unfinished wood items from Walnut Hollow I was able to create a beautiful fall tablescape.  Keep reading to learn how to make it yourself!

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  • Rustic Basswood Planks (2)
  • Rustic Wood Ledge
  • Minwax Spray Stain – Light Oak
  • Americana Multisurface Paint in Schoolbus
  • Vaseline
  • Brush
  • Renaissance Brown Glaze
  • Sandpaper
  • Silk Flowers and Leaf Garland

Step one: Spray an application of Light Oak stain on all the wood pieces. Let them dry according to the directions on the can.

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Step two: Use an old brush to randomly apply vaseline to the wood. The paint will peel off wherever you apply the vaseline. (Note:  Use an old brush that you don’t mind throwing away!  The brush will be covered in vaseline and not useable for painting anymore!)

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Step three: Paint the wood with the yellow paint. I used Americana’s Multisurface paint in Schoolhouse Yellow.  Let the first application dry before applying the second one.  Two coats of paint where all that was needed.

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Step four: When the paint is dry, scrape off the vaseline. I used a palette tool to simply scrape away the vaseline.  The paint will come off with it. Use paper towels to wipe off any remaining vaseline from the wood. Use sandpaper to distress the finish slightly.

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Step five: Stain the piece to age it and tone down the “newness” of the yellow paint. Work in small sections at a time. Brush on some stain, then wipe it back with a dry cloth. Repeat until all the pieces have been stained.

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I just love this chippy, aged finish! To finish up the centerpiece, place the two planks end to end in the center of the table. Place the box on top of the planks.  Now you’re free to decorate your tablescape as you like.  Since fall is here, I added 4 mason jars to the ledge and filled them with pretty silk flowers.  I cut apart a larger bunch of flowers so I could arrange 3 flowers in each jar.  I added a fall leaf garland to either side of the ledge, and finished off the tablescape with candle holders and miniature pumpkins.  This bright spot on the table will surely lighten any cold fall days that will come!  Have fun crafting and decorating your home with Walnut Hollow wood products.

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Italian born and bred, Morena is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than have a manicure. The daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she excels in creating colorful, bold pieces. She is on several design teams, but the best place to find her is at her blog, Morena’s Corner.



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