I adore a beautiful table centerpiece.
The color. The drama. The absolute dreaminess. The complete, total lack of practicality for guests and small children.
Can you relate? See, as much as I love a show stopping table centerpiece, I view the dining table as an active gathering place rather than an art exhibit. Until recently I settled for keeping it very simple, which is not at all a bad thing. But just recently I started hankering for a little more detail after admiring centerpieces composed of a bunch of small pumpkins that were as fun as they are unrealistic for every day use.
Because, really, around here everyday use is kind of the thing.
By joining two old boards I was able to create a simple way to lift the entire centerpiece off the table when we need it out of the way. Other options that allow for creating a centerpiece display would be cutting boards, old shutters, crates, or really anything that strikes your fancy. What I like about boards is that I could size it to exactly the dimensions I wanted, and create a longer display that placed the drama down low where we can see each other across the table.
The best solution is the simple one, right?
How to get this look
I created the platform for my centerpiece by joining two old fence boards. I first cut them to length, then scrubbed them clean. Next, I used two small strips of wood on the backside to secure them together. The wood crosspieces lift the platform off the table about a quarter of an inch, making it easy to lift the entire thing when we want to move it. And get this – they are not even screwed on. I used glue and clamped all together, then let it set for about 24 hours.
That’s it. So easy it’s almost stupid.
From there you can change out the centerpiece for whatever season or look you like. And simple is one thing this mom totally gets behind.