I have always loved old barnwood. Each piece wears clues about its secret past and like a wise old owl, it speaks words of wisdom that only an old traveled soul could tell. Its warm and welcoming feeling is brought to life through its unique character. If you haven’t seen my reclaimed wood basement yet head over to Rustic Elegance, Basement Bar & Game Room. My heart sings when I can mix rustic and elegant together! In this DIY reclaimed wood centerpiece I paired 100+ year old barn wood with chic diamond tufted chairs and a large crystal chandelier.
A 4′ Long Beauty
I just switched out my kitchen table lighting (Wednesday’s post) and I wanted a really long centerpiece to finish the space. I spent hours (and hours, and hours, and hours) searching for the right piece, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks…I have everything I need right in my basement. Literally, five minutes later, my sweet husband was working the saw and nail gun and whipped this little baby together for me. This is true love, here, friends (and a promise for a 30 minute back massage). I jetted over to our local Home Depot and purchased three plastic window boxes (in a copper color) to use as liners to keep water from leaking onto my table and causing damage.
For a playful centerpiece blend together a mix of florals that vary in texture, size, shape and color from one another. I purchased a combination of cheerful dafodills for height, English daisies (because who can pass up their bright pink and perfectly round yellow center), and climbing phlox for its soft and delicate purple flowers and trailing vines. You can see the tops of the plastic copper-colored planter boxes, but I kind of like it because it marries the old barn wood to a more modern element.
I’m so in love with the way it turned out! And…I have another fabulous ideas for this piece…
This can be used for more than just a kitchen table center piece. How about using this 4 foot long beauty as a giant beverage container!!! Just fill the copper planter inserts with ice and add your beverage of choice. Based on what mine looks like I’m guessing I could probably store about four bottles of wine in each insert. That’s 12 bottles of wine! Hello!!!!! You can bet that this will most likely make a reappearance in one of my future outdoor entertainment party posts.
And last, here is a little sneak peak at my new lighting. I absolutely love the way the rustic barn wood looks next to the glamorous chandelier. This space has my heart singing with joy! I imagine switching the perennials out with orchids in the future. Orchids are so pretty and with just a few ice cubes a week you can enjoy their blooms for months. If you don’t have an outdoor garden how about making this reclaimed wood centerpiece and growing your own garden herbs indoors. Herbs make beautiful centerpieces and they smell wonderful. The options are endless.
I hope this DIY project has you dreaming up ways of beautifying your kitchen table.
Now, go out and find yourself some old barn wood. If you can’t find anything local you can always find reclaimed wood on the internet.