Creating A DIY Tablescape- Tell A Story with rePurposed Goods!

Have you ever been really drawn into a tablescape? Not just by the awesome food on display, but by the accessories too. For me, an inviting tablescape tells a story with personal touches and pops of the unexpected!  A simple but creative tablescape wows me much more than glitz and glam! Since the entertaining season is approaching, I thought I’d share a few tips for creating a one-of-a-kind tablescape. Best of all,  the elements here can be re-used for multiple events!

First of all, repurposed items add instant character to a table because they already have a story! They’ve lived out their intended purpose and seeing them brought back to life in a new way is exciting! My Memorial Day tablescape started like this:

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor

 A quick trip to 2 Brothers Reclaimed and Repurposed Inventory and I had everything I needed!

An old window pane

Reclaimed wood

Old door handles

A catalog drawer from an antique military file cabinet

Electric Insulators

Bed Springs

Mason Jars


The old window pane attached to reclaimed wood was exactly what I needed for my centerpiece. I used {carpenter grade} hot glue to attach round wood pieces to the bottom for a little added height.  

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor

 I painted the entire piece with a Websters Color Wash, using my favorite shade of red {aka Knock My Socks Off Red} .

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor

I distressed it with a sanding sponge to reveal some of the chippy goodness underneath and waxed with Daddy Van’s {ALL NATURAL} Dark Antiquing Wax.

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor


Wanna see the dark wax in action?

The old door handles needed some color so I used Modern Masters Metal Effects to instantly add the perfect touch of blue patina!

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor- Modern Masters Metal Effects

I used Bronze and Copper paint and Blue Patina Solution on the handles and the screws, so they’d match the handles. ;)

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor- Modern Masters Metal EffectsI love this part!!

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor- Modern Masters Metal EffectsThis is the kind of paint you wanna watch dry!

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor- Modern Masters Metal EffectsOnce dry, I gave them a nice drink of Daddy Van’s wax to seal them then attached them to the window pane. The oversized pulls make for steady transport when using as a serving tray! 

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor

Now for a few personal touches! Bed springs (or heavy gauge wire) + electrical insulators + endless possibilities!!

Turned right side up, insulators are perfect for displaying pictures, place setting cards, or little notes. Just wrap the wire around the recessed area of the insulator, and cut at desired height. Twist or crimp the end and your ready to go! I used leftover scrap book paper and a printable Memorial Day image here.

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor and Tablescape

This small insulator rests upside down in the bed spring and serves as a toothpick holder!

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor and Tablescape

The larger insulators are perfect for candles!

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor and Tablescape

I tucked the mason jars into the Army file drawer and used them to wrangle serving ware.

DIY RePurposed Memorial Day Decor and Tablescape

Lastly, y’all know I have an obsession with chalkboards and use them often when entertaining!

Having a large chalkboard on hand is always nice! Mine is painted in a neutral color so I get the most use out of it. The{Dollar Tree} chalkboard platters on the other hand, I have in several colors! They are just too cheap and easy to customize! I’ve used them at birthday parties, baby showers and soon, I’ll get to use them in my daughters wedding! In fact, I’ll be re-using most of this decor for the wedding!

Creating a one-of-a-kind Tablescape

I shared these ideas with the ladies on Local Memphis Live 24! Watch it here:

Dig deeper into my “Chalkboard Love” post for step by step instructions and inspiration! You can also view my video tutorial for creating chalkboards in any color using Websters Chalk Paint Powder here:

Join me tomorrow for “Tip Talkin’ Tuesday”! I’ll be sharing a few tips on using burlap and show you how I created the cute banner and table runner!


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  1. Love the RED!! Shared on Facebook

  2. The red is awesome!!

  3. Angela, I have admired your painting techniques and eye for “potential” for some time now…. this is one of your best! Love the way you re-purposed all your found pieces! The red tray is fabulous! I went over to your chalkboard love link and had to comment on one…We Do Razorbacks. Well I’m in California and I have an Arkansas Razorback “figurine” that was my father’s from many years ago, he was born and raised in Arkansas, it is proudly displayed here on my desk!! I really enjoy your blog and your tutorials are the best! Have a great week!!

  4. Rhonda Isbell says:

    Blue is my favorite!! Shared on facebook..

  5. Kim Gentry says:

    RED!! It’s all about the Hogs around here :)

  6. Brenda says:

    You know I shared! Love this post! Lovin the red :)

  7. Tressie says:

    You do beautiful work! Love the Red! Shared on Google+!!!

  8. Jessica Kunz says:

    Shared on fb. Love red :)

  9. Angela, great job on the window frame. I found you via Christine’s new party! Hope to know you better soon.


  10. Well now it’s official….you and I need to shop together! You are the only other woman I know that would buy a bed spring (other then me) and see endless possibilities!

    I love the color and the wax you used, especially on those great handles for your tray! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Table It Link Party, it really meant a lot

  11. Thank you so much for your tutorials. Your product recommendations are always spot on. When using the Modern Masters products on the hardware in your “CREATING A DIY TABLESCAPE” tutorial, did you do any surface prepping beforehand? Did the handles or screws need to be sanded first?

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