Holiday French Country Dining Room Tablescape

Stacy from <a href="http://www.notjustahousewife.net/" target="_blank">Not JUST A Housewife</a> revamps her French Country themed dining room into a holiday chic dining experience. With a little cleaning, creativity and a quick trip to The Home Depot, she transforms wooden table legs into refined candlesticks. Stacy from <a href="http://www.notjustahousewife.net/" target="_blank">Not JUST A Housewife</a> revamps her French Country themed dining room into a holiday chic dining experience. With a little cleaning, creativity and a quick trip to The Home Depot, she transforms wooden table legs into refined candlesticks.
Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife revamps her French Country dining room to be holiday chic. #BrightIdeas

Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife revamps her French Country themed dining room into a holiday chic dining experience. With a little cleaning, creativity and a quick trip to The Home Depot, she transforms wooden table legs into refined candlesticks.

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When you picture the holidays, you often think of the family all sitting together with lots of food and laughter. Stacy tackled the holiday table decorating with a creative twist. Having already created a recent revamp of her dining room to the French Country style, she need to now elevate that design with something more festive.
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Stacy wanted to create a tablescape that focused on some handmade candlesticks that she made some years back but lost, and now could remake. She first took a quick trip to The Home Depot to get all the supplies needed.
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First, the candlestick needed to be made. She used decorative table legs from The Home Depot and a scrap piece of 1x4 to make these candlesticks. All five of them cost about $24 total including the turned wood table legs and the 1x4. Use 6-inch legs and 9-inch legs. They are very easy to put together. Next, cut a 1x4 board into squares. 1x4 boards are really 3 1/2 inches (not 4 inches) because of the planeing and sanding that happens to the board. So measure 3 1/2 along the board and cut it with a miter saw. This way they ended up being 3 1/2 x 3 1/2. Draw lines from corner to corner to find the center. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller around than the threaded piece on the leg; drill into the center of the square board. She only went down about half the length of the threaded piece.
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Next, you will need to get a boring bit. It is important to measure the end of the candle you want to use. Use candles that are ¾-inch thick. She used a ¾-inch boring bit to drill a hole in the center of the top of the candlestick. Drill down a couple of inches deep.
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Sand it after that. The main body of the candlestick is already pretty smooth but the 1x4 base will need to be smoothed and the pencil marks sanded off. The wood will accept the stain better if you sand it all over.
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Before getting started with either the painting or the staining, protect your work area with plastic or paper towels! If you are going to paint your candlesticks, then you can use whatever paint you would like. If you want to stain them like Stacy has done, you will need to add a pre-stain conditioner. If you are using an oil based stain, use and oil-based conditioner. If you are using a water based stain, use a water-based conditioner. The conditioner helps the wood accept the stain more evenly.
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Once that has been applied and has sat for at least 5 minutes, you can apply the stain with a foam brush, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, wipe off the access with Bounty Paper Towels. If you want it darker, just repeat the process until it is as dark as you want. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands!
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Finally, let them completely dry before putting on the sealer. Wipe-On Poly dries quickly and produces the hand-rubbed look finish you see here. You can use regular polyurethane or even a spray poly, if you'd rather. Follow the directions on the bottle or can of whatever product you chose.
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Now that the centerpiece of candle-sticks are done, it is time of build the tablescape. First, making sure everything is clean is most important - "always start with a clean slate". Did you know that Dawn works great on seal wood surfaces? And Swiffer makes ladders pointless for cleaning hanging light fixtures.
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Then just put the table together, try mixing different types of candles together. Their height, color, and thickness differences make them more interesting. To see Stacy's full article, check it out!