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While everyone is planning their turkey dinners, pumpkin pie and elastic pants, I’m…well, not. It’s not that I don’t have plans for Thanksgiving, because I do. Ken and I will be going to my sweet family’s home in southern Indiana, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yet part of me? Part of me yearns for this renovation to be O-V-E-R, so I can display a beautiful Thanksgiving feast of my own.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, aptly sandwiched between my least favorites: Halloween and Christmas. Total Scrooge, I know. Perhaps my love for the November holiday is that I love to eat, but I also think the joy stems from my love of gratitude.

I’ve sent thank you notes for as long as I can remember — short ones to my favorite waitress, or long ones to key mentors in my life. There’s just something to be said for a holiday that allows us to be grateful for our blessings.

And now that the After School Special portion of this post is over, let’s move on to why we’re really here:

Thanksgiving tables. Huge, long tables. Wooden preferably. Farmhouse definitely. I’m dreaming of a massive dining room table next Thanksgiving, with our Scandinavian fireplace roaring in the background. Yes, it will be. My wish will come true.

In fact, Husband is building our dining room table as I type this. Of course, Husband is a perfectionist, so I’m not planning to sit at said dining room table until…spring?

Of 2013. We’ll host Easter or something.

Anyway, I’ve got my dream table in mind, but I’m really not quite sure it will work in the space, to be honest. So, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite dining room tutorials that we plan to work from, and the end result will be 100% custom and 100% loved.

1. Salvaged Dining Room Table
Oh, Carter. I’m only including this one because it’s you’re so, so attractive.

2. Wooden Farmhouse Table
This one looks easy enough, and I’m imagining my Radman chairs would display beautifully when juxtaposed with a rustic, chunky piece.

3. DIY Industrial Pipe Table
This one slays me. The ingenuity alone would make such a lovely statement, and those galvanized pipes coordinate perfectly with our kitchen pendants. Swoon!

4. Metal Topped Dining Room Table
My e-friend Gabby is sort of a genius, so I’m planning to take cues from her if we tackle this biggie.

Fun options, yes? I’ll let you know which we decide (and document the whole process for you, of course!), but until then? I’ll be virtually decorating my soon-to-be dining room table with gorgeous Thanksgiving table settings.

Gobble, gobble!

[All images via Sweet Home Style]


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4 Responses

  1. I love going home for the holidays so I can eat home cooking and see my original fire pit table… the one that started it all

  2. cindy says:

    i love the the wooden farmhouse table, but the metal topped table sounds very cool, too. and girl, you're getting there, you have drywall in your favorite color for heaven's sake ;) ! go husband go!

  3. pixelecho69 says:

    They look easy to make but I really need someone like Scott M. or Carter O. in my house to do it, just to make sure I don't make any mistakes of course?;)

  4. Beverly says:

    I watched the video on the special Christmas Decorating at home but I could not find where to get the instructions.

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