A Dining Room In Need of a Centerpiece of Attention
Description: Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy needed a big centerpiece to fit her large dining room. A trip to The Home Depot inspired her to do some spring cleaning and to use inexpensive items to create a beautiful floral piece that brought the spring indoors.
Lindsey's dining room was looking a bit dreary. She loved her big dining room table, but its vast size has caused a bit of a decorating dilemma: it made most centerpieces look diminutive!
This called for a trip to The Home Depot
for a little inspiration. Once she spotted copper piping, an idea sparked. She loved the brassy look, but knew it was out of her budget. But that didn't mean she couldn't make her own! She set off to find PVC pipe fittings and a little spray paint. As soon as she came across a huge hot water heater drip pan, Lindsey knew she had the makings of a centerpiece.
She decided the perfect solution was to bring a little greenery to the atmosphere. Although she typically leans towards bright colors and vintage finds, this time, she wanted to incorporate a more modern, mellow color scheme. She still intended on mixing in her token vintage pieces, but keep clean lines while doing it.
First, she spray-painted the PVC pipes with several thin coats and let them dry. Then she had to remove all of the extra, unnecessary pieces from the drip pan. She was able to pry the plastic pieces off with her hands, cut the attached plug and remove the sticker.
Keeping them in a loose linear arrangement, she spread out the various sizes of pipe pieces on the tray. Then, to clean the pea gravel, she put it in a kitchen strainer and hosed it off until the water ran clear. She then drained the excess water and spread the gravel gently in the pan.
Next, Lindsey added succulents to the copper painted pipes, also adding in a small amount of gravel to help with drainage.
Lindsey folded a small piece of tin foil over the drain hole. When she needs to water the succulents, she'll just take the tray outside, and allow the excess water to drain out, then replace the tin foil over the hole again, holding it in place with gravel.
While retackling the dining room theme, she also got inspired to dress up her buffet. But first, it needed a good scrubbing. She took Mr. Clean with Febreze®
paper towels to the metal surface, and followed with a good spritz of Febreze®
She made sure not to forget that the buffet also had to be functional. She searched for the best way to make napkins, salt & pepper and straws accessible to the table. This vintage enamel container she had lying around was the perfect size to fit it all. She decided to put a few small houseplants to work for her by dressing them up with birdcages. With a handful of fresh-cut roses, she had a beautiful dining room filled with bright pops of color and vintage touches.
Since the buffet sits inside the back door, it has become a drop zone for whatever is in hand on the way in. But when she has it set up and on display, it tends to stay that way.
Before placing it on the table, she slid a couple cloth hot pads under the pan to keep it from scratching the table. Now the centerpiece is surrounded by other elements that reflect its modern and clean appeal. Voila! A modern, sizable centerpiece.