Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Coffee Table

Gosh, I'm loving all the great ideas y'all have been sharing on the linky parties. 
I've been so busy looking at all your great posts, that I haven't done a lot of decorating in our family room. I really wanted to put something Christmasy on the coffee table.  


I must say, our coffee table is well used...I mean, really well used. 
At any time it holds tv remotes, magazines, laptop, snacks, cups of coffee, etc... and feet. :)
About the only time it gets "decorated" is when we have company. But, I decided I wanted something pretty on it for Christmas, and still leave room for a cup of tea, or a magazine, without having to move all the decorations. 




I remembered that Hubby had made a low tray for me before Thanksgiving. He wasn't happy with how it turned out, and left it in the shed. 
Well, it was just what I needed, but it hadn't been painted. 
I found the front door paint and tried that, but it was a bit too pinky-red. I wanted brownish-red. So, I painted it the door color, and wiped on a coat of Old English Scratch Cover.
After it dried, I put a coat of paste wax on it. 







See there's still plenty of room for non-decorative things like a cup of tea and a cookie.




Christmas mugs and cookies...






...pine cones and an antler (gotta have those) and greenery from the yard... and snowy, little faux trees






This is "Boy with Lamb", and he's the very first Byers' Choice Caroler I bought...and my favorite. 
I just love the little lamb. Doesn't he have the sweetest expression on his face?




Ice cream salt looks like icy snow in the hurricane...




...and looking through the French doors...
it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our family room. 


I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll see y'all at 
French Country Cottage  on Friday for Christmas vignettes.



                                                   



30 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it is so beautiful. I love the look. The tray is a lovely color and the little caroler with the lamp is such a precious figurine. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Babs...I had to laugh over what you said about how your coffee table is normally used! Don't feel alone...I don't even have room for books or magazines {they become coasters!}. My son likes to eat his food there and watch TV and he complains if I have anything decorative on it!

Well...I love the tray! It turned out lovely with the paint and stain and wax. You have it dressed up perfectly for Christmas and I love that little lamb, too!

I, too, have been caught up in all that is happening in Blogland...all the parties and crafts and recipes. I love it!!

Happy Holidays to you!

XO,
Jane

Richard Cottrell said...

Couldn't be any better. The little figure with the sheep is so cute. It all say's Merry Christmas. Good job. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Marlis said...

Love love love your tray.. it's the perfect color I think. I too love your byer's lamb.. what a sweetie.. This is a clever idea.. it corrals your pretties and keeps the feet out.. clever lady! xo marlis

Pat said...

What a perfect contained decoration for your coffee table! I giggled at the little caroler and the expression on his face. So cute!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Its so very pretty .. I love your arrangment. Its just RIGHT.

Kelly said...

Oh.....it's all SO pretty!! I love how you styled that cute tray. That was a good idea to keep everything on that and now you still have room for other things. We use our coffee table a lot too! You did a wonderful job mixing all the natural elements with the adorable boy figurine. Your family room looks very warm and inviting.

Bella Vista said...

Babs, gosh! I love this. I collect Byers Carolers and have a lot of them...they are so adorable.

Your vignette speaks to my very heart.....beautiful!

Barb ♥

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love that tray and the cute caroler with a sheep, just a beautiful vignette for the holidays, couldn't get any prettier dearest Babs, you did good. Merry Christmas.
FABBY

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
This little tray made by your husband is a perfect size for your coffee table! I adore the Little Boy with the Lamb! The natural elements are stunning! I agree...just enough space to enjoy a little Christmas Tea and a cookie and the Reason for the Season!
Fondly,
Pat

Sarah said...

Babs, it's beautiful! Love that low tray and how you've filled it. Great job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful vignette and still room for your goodies.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I think that last picture of your french doors with the wreaths is awesome. Very smart to use a tray. So easy if you need to move it. Your blog looks great...love the red!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Looks terrific!
Love the little lamb.
xoxox
alison

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very pretty Babs! LOVE that last shot! Martina

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, what a sweet vignette for your coffee table! You did a wonderful job! It's very festive and whimsical! Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Beautiful coffee table vignette Babs! Love that last shot!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your tray looks great, what a good idea to have something on the table but kind of contain it so you have room. Love the lamb

Alycia Nichols said...

It's lookin' great, Babs! Somehow an antler always makes little vignettes look that much better! I hope you have a fantabulous weekend!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Babs, I love your Coffee table Christmas vignette. The tray you sweet husband made is perfect for this and the color is fabulous. I love hurricane lamps and what a great tip about the ice cream salt. It does look like snow! The BC caroler is sweet with the little lamb. Wish I could sit down with you and enjoy a cup of something hot and one of your cookies.

Have a great weekend.
~Emily
The French Hutch

Jo's This and That said...

I love the tray! He did a great job,with your decorations you may it look wonderful.love that boy with the lamb.Thanks for sharing.Merry christmas! Joann

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Babs! I'll bet your husband is pleased you found a use for his tray.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

I love your vignette! Your tray turned out great! I love Byers Choice Carolers too. I've never seen one like this holding an animal...so cute!
Your view to the french doors looks so nice- you have a pretty room!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh I love how the tray looks...beautiful shade of red...beautiful vignette!

Blessings,
Linda

Ali said...

Your coffee table sounds like mine; cluttered with everything practical but nothing terribly decorative. Even now, with Christmas so close, it was all I could do to get hubby to move some of his electronic gizmos so I could put a small snowman on one corner. Your front room looks very cosy!

SavannahGranny said...

Babs, I love you coffee table and the low tray is so neat. Tell hubby I'll take his rejects anyday. I am so glad you went to the shed and got it because it is perfect. Love the Old English scratch cover idea. I always knew that stuff you fix anything. Love your caroler and little lamb and yes he does have the sweetest face.
Merry Christmas. Hugs, Ginger

Barb and Dell said...

Babs, I love what you did with the tray. Your coffee table looks beautiful. The little caroler and the lamb are so sweet.
I am your newest follower.
Barb

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! He did a fabulous, job, Babs! Love how you have filled it, too...so pretty and festive! Love it! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Babs! What a delightful long wooden tray to make such a lovely vignette for the holidays! Very nice...and I've never seen one like this before. I'm a tray collector myself... :)

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