Mix Old and New in your Spring Styled Tablescape

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May 17, 2018

My spring styled tablescape is a beautiful mixture of old and new dishes in my favorite colors!  Something old, something new, something thrifted and something blue…  It features my classic white plates that I have had for years, new Pioneer Woman finds, thrifted Currier and Ives dishes and blue linens.  I had fun mixing patterns, colors and different collections together for this simple spring table setting.

I love to decorate the formal dining room during the weekdays and my husband loves to cook a big breakfast on the weekends.  This casual table setting accommodates both our loves so we can enjoy more time together as a family. The table is set and ready for my husband to get cooking!

Even though our table can seat six or eight, we just have four in our family. I decided to keep it real and only set the table for the four of us, while keeping a few extra dishes at the other end of the table for friends stopping by.

Setting the table for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday Supper creates moments that you can look forward to as a family…time to slowdown and relax together.


As summer approaches, I crave simplicity. Keeping a stack of dishes on the buffet table, gathered in a tray on the kitchen island or even on one end of the table like I did here, makes it easy to access dishes for your next family meal.  And unloading the dishwasher becomes a quick task when you can drop them off in one location.

This is definitely a no fuss tablescape.  Use what you have!  Dishes don’t have to be fancy or even match!

Mix in something new!  When you fall in love with the Pioneer Woman’s newest collection, get it all or pick the pieces that you love.  I tried to show restraint and not buy any of the PW collection, because I didn’t need any more dishes. I lasted a year until I saw the blue and green floral salad/dessert plates in April and got a set of 8.  I also found a few of the little ramekins, mini pie plates, pedastals and bowls in the blue and green that I had to have.  Again, I showed a little restraint and only bought a few pieces that I could use for Spring and Summer.  The smaller floral plates look great with my classic white dinner plates.  Balance, y’all!  The Pioneer Woman dishes are available at Walmart.  Not every piece is available online, and the selection varies at each store.

The blue and white Currier and Ives dishes are a thrifted find.  I found this set called ‘The Old Grist Mill‘ for $8 for all 36 pieces.  I remember my mother had the same set, so I was drawn to the pattern.  If you find sets of china or vintage dishes at the thrift store, flip them over to find the name of the collection and maker labeled on the back.  You can use you cell phone to search the value or history of the piece to determine if it is a good deal.  I normally see one of the Currier and Ives dinner plates at the local antique mall for $10 each, so I knew a set of 36 for $8 was a steal before looking online.  Between the price and memories of my mom, I snatched them up.  They make great breakfast dishes!  Remember, no matter the deal, only buy what you love!

So with a few sets of dishes in fun colors for Spring, my Spring styled tablescape came together! I just love blue and green for any season, but it is so fresh for Spring and Summer! I layered a light blue cloth napkin between the two largest plates. I found the napkins at Homegoods and knew that I would use them often.  They remind me of chambray fabric and have a classic feel which work well in this spring styled tablescape.

With Spring in full swing, I added more blue and green florals to the Spring styled chalkboard, but it is basically leftover from Easter minus the words that I had written on the board.  The key is to layer multiple shades of chalk to create some depth in the foliage.  Spring flowers lay in the dough bowl.

In the bay window, I hung simple wreaths with 3m hooks and displayed my collection of vintage glass insulators on the window sill. I just love the vibrant blue!  They add a fun pop of my favorite color.  My mother had collected these for years, finding them in junk shops and even in fields on my parents and grandparents farm.

On the other side of the dining room, I have my chicken wire cabinet flanked by two extra chairs with pillows.  I hung up two extra botanical prints from a set of six that I have.  The other four prints are hung across the way into the living room, which brings the two spaces together.  The cabinet holds vintage silver pieces that I have collected over the past few years.  I have recently began to collect vintage trophies, too.  They are hard to find for a reasonable price, so my collection is small.  The thrill is in the hunt, though!

I hope you enjoyed checking out my Spring styled tablescape that is perfect for casual meals with your family.  I encourage you to make family meal time special again!  Not fancy, just intentional!

DIY Paper Lined Cabinet for less than $5

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May 12, 2018

With a few supplies that you already own and wrapping paper, you can easily transform a china cabinet from drab to fab!  This DIY paper lined cabinet takes less than 10 minutes to do and costs less than $5!  It is a quick fix to update any glass front cabinet or bookshelf and add a fun new look to any space!  I love that it is versatile project and could be used to dress up your furniture for different seasons, holidays or events.

I recently found a French provincial china cabinet on the Facebook Marketplace for $165.  I love the style and feminine shape of this kind of furniture.  My plan is to use blue milk paint or strip it to the raw wood to tone down the shellac finish.  But before I do that, I like to let a piece ‘live’ in my house a while. I place it in the room that I intend to keep it to decide if this is the place for it and get a feel for the direction that I want to go with it.  So before I permanently alter the state of this piece, I want to brighten it up with this easy DIY.

Here’s what I need from the store:

  • Wrapping paper

Here’s what I grabbed from the craft room:

  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape

I found this blue ticking stripe wrapping paper for $5 at Marshalls.  It has a nice texture and is thick, so it will not tear easily.  I have actually used it for several DIYs including a silhouette project and a winter tablescape.

The first thing that I did was remove the back panel on the cabinet.  It is simply held in place with short tack nails.  I was able to pry it off by placing a screw driver head in the corner, pushing forward and then pulling the rest of the panel off.  A lot of china cabinets after the 1980’s are made with a removable panel, usually made from MDF.  *if your cabinet does not have a removable back, you can simply measure the inside between shelves and cut the paper accordingly.

I laid the panel on the floor, with the nails still intact, facing up.  I placed the wrapping paper over the panel and trimmed off the bottom to the size needed.  Then I overlapped a second piece to cover the other side of the panel.

I pushed the wrapping paper over the protruded nail holes on the top to hold in place.   I used double sided tape in several horizontal rows to hold it in place, before continuing to push the wrapping paper over the nails.  Be careful as to avoid getting pricked by a nail.

I taped any overlapping pieces to the back.  These can be trimmed later if you don’t want the paper to show on the backside, but it initially helps hold it in place when you replace the board to the cabinet.

Now, the panel is covered completely.  Raise the panel up and replace in the cabinet.  You may need an extra set of hands to hold it, while you tack it into place, but I was able to do it alone.

If you see any bubbles, smooth them out before nailing the bottom panel down.  Press double sided tape between the seams of the overlapping wrapping paper.  Hammer all the the nail heads back in on the back of the cabinet.

If you want to make it a more permanent feature, you can use spray adhesive to hold the wrapping paper in place or use peel and stick wallpaper. I didn’t want to permanently alter the cabinet until I decide if it will be painted, so this DIY paper lined cabinet was an easy way to fulfill my need to make my home cuter!

I love how easy this project is to do!  My formal living room is evolving so I hope to get it completed soon.

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