Refinished Weathered Dining Room Table

refinished pedestal table

Pam from Simple Details worked with a client to refinish her classic pedestal table that was sporting an outdated pinky-beige finish. They were after a more sophisticated, weathered look and found just the right stain by testing different options at the local paint store. Looking at the finished product, would you believe neither Pam nor her client had ever refinished or stained a piece of furniture before??? Beeeautiful!

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Spooky Black Halloween Mantel

Black Halloween Mantel

If you like to keep things scary for Halloween, this vignette from Ellen from SewEllen is for you! Two Halloweens ago, Ellen opted for a more ghostly display with a PB-inspired “Ghostly Gallery.” Ellen’s all-black mantel included haunted houses, lighted twigs, and creepy dual-image pictures. Ellen loved this eerie, yet fun deviation from her usual seasonal decorating.

Black Halloween Mantel

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Painted Wooden Halloween Signs

wood halloween sign

Not wanting to be left out of the Halloween decorating fun in her neighborhood, Lorraine from South Meets Southwest whipped up a few spooky signs to welcome trick-or-treaters to her house. Lorraine saved money by using wood from Home Depot’s scrap pile and paint she already had, making the grand total for all three signs $1.50! Lorraine says, “We might be the last house on our block to decorate for Halloween, but I am just glad I finished these signs before the first trick-or-treater arrived!”

wood halloween sign

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Burlap Ghost Light Strand

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Angie from Burton Avenue was looking for Halloween décor inspiration when she found some ghost lights that she knew she could recreate. The biggest challenge was deciding what to use for the head, but Angie found some clear plastic ornaments that worked perfectly. I love the soft light that comes through the burlap. Too cute!

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“Wicked” Painted Halloween Table Topper

painted halloween table topper

Earlier this week I shared a burlap table runner created by the ever-so-talented Colleen of Just Paint It. While she loves its natural, rustic feel, she knew a glitzy silver and black Halloween scene would be perfect for her mom’s tabletop. Colleen transformed a fabric remnant she already had into a subdued yet “wicked” piece of art using silver paint, a stencil, and some free-handed design. Of course, you know Colleen walks you through it all and shares a trick or two along the way so you can create your own.

painted halloween table topper

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Mini Skulls Apothecary Jar

Mini Skulls Vase Filler

Here’s a super cheap and easy idea from Krista at The Gathering Place for creating your own haunted house ambiance. Krista found some mini skulls at the dollar store and aged them a bit with a mix of water and brown paint. Then into a jar they went with a bit of Spanish moss. I am loving the little “arsenic” tag Krista added. What a perfect finishing touch!

Mini Skulls Vase Filler

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DIY Chalkboard with Halloween Chalk Art

halloween chalkboard

Last Halloween, one of Pottery Barn’s fabulous Halloween vignettes, specifically a large chalkboard, caught the eye of Julie from Lilacs and Longhorns. Julie knew she could easily make her own chalkboard and replicate the spooky chalk art to boot. An open back frame, hardboard, and chalkboard paint made creating the chalkboard a breeze. As far as the spooky Halloween script, Julie says, “It was very, very easy…if you can draw a line, you can copy this font.” Sounds like my kind of art!

halloween chalkboard

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Faux Stone Skull Vase

Halloween Skull Vase

Last Halloween, Pottery Barn’s ceramic skull vases provided an easy target for all the knock-off lovers out there. I featured quite a few of the DIY versions here on KOD, including Nikki’s from 13 Black Cats Designs. To create her eerie vase, Nikki molded a skeleton face from clay and then attached it onto a craft store vase. She finished it up with some spray paint and acrylic paint for an aged stone effect.
Halloween Skull Vase

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