Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I hope you have plans to enjoy some family time this week, and indulge in some great food! I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year and I decided to change up my tablescape from the one I set for fall. You can see the original fall decor in my fall home tour.
While I loved the pumpkins and greenery, we are already seeing much colder temperatures, some snow, and the leaves have long fallen. I thought the early fall centerpiece I made needed some adjustments.
Taking cues from outdoors, I wanted to keep a clean, neutral look. I decided to gather some twigs and pine cones. I added them to my chicken feeder along with my favorite cotton stems and tea light candles in small mason/juice jars.
To tie together this centerpiece with the place settings, I used a small grapevine wreath as a second charger under my china, but above my other charger plates, to add some depth and dimension.
I used cotton napkins in a natural color to tie together the neutral color scheme, and added my favorite element: the rusted steel leaves on top to complete the look.I had these leaves custom made for me by my favorite metal workers; Vintage Metal Co. they enjoyed making them so much that they've added them to their Etsy store! Head over there to grab a set for yourself!
To age the steel, I initially intended to leave them wet and outside for a few days. However, this method wasn't working quickly or efficiently enough for my liking. Instead, I took white vinegar along with hydrogen peroxide and salt. I highly recommend doing this process with gloves, googles, and outdoors.
Mixing together 6 oz Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 oz White vinegar, and 1/2 Tbsp Salt- I dipped my metal leaves in this mixture and set them out in the sun. They immediately started to rust. I dipped each of them 4 or 5 times, letting them fully dry between each set. The result is the gorgeous patina you see on the leaves.
After I was happy with the layers of rust, I rinsed the leaves off in warm water. I then coated them with a clear matte spray paint so the rust wouldn't flake onto food services, or stain the napkins.
I hope you enjoy my table! Have a fantastic holiday!! xox