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It’s just 1 week till Thanksgiving — is your dining room ready for the big event? If not, don’t worry, there’s still time for a guest-impressing makeover. From disguising a past-its-prime dining table to an easy way to give stock white plates a high-end look — we’ve got you covered with five easy project ideas, each with complete step-by-step instructions.

A plain white tablecloth is great for covering up a scratched or discolored tabletop. For a sophisticated look, stitch on a row or two of ruffled burlap or linen: Give a Basic Tablecloth a Custom Makeover

Enlist help from the kids to glue real or silk fall leaves onto fishing line to create a magical falling-leaf effect over the dining table or buffet:How to Make Fall Leaf Streamers

 This rustic, flower-free centerpiece is easy to create and needs zero maintenance to keep its good looks: How to Make a Pheasant Feather Centerpiece

 Inexpensive white plates look like a million bucks with a holiday hand-painted detail:
How to Make Hand-Painted Plates

Let guests know what’s for dinner by turning an old frame and chalkboard paint into a chic menu board:How to Make a Chalkboard Menu Board

Looking for more Turkey-Day inspiration? Check out our project-packed feature, your Thanksgiving one-stop shopping destination. We’ve got it all this year: Thanksgiving main course recipes, desserts, cocktails, table settings, centerpieces and more! 

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Our Favorite Fall Decorating Ideas

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Designer MacGyver: 5 Easy Fall Crafts 

Designers + Bloggers on Fall’s Top Trends

8 Responses

  1. Terri says:

    The centerpiece with no flowers looks very good.

  2. Chris J. says:

    I like the chalkboard paint idea.

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  4. Amy B. says:

    Love that ruffled burlap on the tablecloth.

  5. Meredith says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that tablecloth!!!

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  7. @forgaliseo says:

    Nice Post I like nice furniture
    It looks better than even when it was new.

  8. They are very exquisite looking and from my point of view, more than eligible to decorate the tables of fancy hotels. I love the autumn tune design, it is quite lovely.

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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