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Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas – Plus 19 more!

Posted in Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts, HOLIDAYS, TABLE SETTINGS
on October 22, 2018

Black and white Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas provide an elegant Halloween style with the perfect amount of glamour while adding just enough creepy Halloween for spine-tingling fun!

halloween centerpiece

Happy Halloween! I’ve got another last-minute post full of DIY Halloween Home Decor ideas – this time for Glam Gothic Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Decorations. 

halloween party table centerpieces

Lucky me (and you) I’m joining Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate in her Halloween Table Decorations Hop, so, if Gothic Glam Halloween is not your style, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the other 19 Halloween themed tablescapes! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get the links – but don’t leave without grabbing this freebie Halloween printable though!

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Oh! And, check back often – New Halloween tabletop settings are popping up every day, ALL week! 

 

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DIY Gothic Glam Halloween Centerpiece and Tabletop Ideas

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With just a touch of ghoulish glam, classic black-and-white is a frighteningly fabulous color combo for Gothic Halloween Party Decor.  Gothic accents can be found everywhere at this time of year. Dressing up goth pieces in glitter, lace, and inky colors ups both their glam factor as well as their scare potential. It is elegance with just the right amount of terrifying fun! I set out to create a Glamorous Halloween Decor Tablescape full of ghastly goodness, and, to add to the entertainment, I’m giving away these free printable (and customizable) Halloween Seating Labels to subscribers to my mailing list. You can get them HERE! Now on to the fun stuff!

GOTHIC GLAM HALLOWEEN CENTERPIECE

halloween centerpiece ideas

Sparkly and glass-blown skulls, partnered with pumpkins, all balanced on tiered dessert platters give the table a spooky feel while still feeling glamorous! This temporary Halloween centerpiece borrows accents from another centerpiece from a few years back. Seasonal flowers in orange and chartreuse, with added sparks of purple, stand out against the black and white background. Bits of spongey reindeer moss in chartreuse add to the texture and overall creepy look of the Halloween centerpiece.

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FLORAL CHANDELIER WREATH

diy floral chandelier halloween

 

Ideally placed for a floral chandelier wreath, the pendant light above our table, with its graceful arms and dark shade, is a smooth transition item for a glam Halloween tablescape, especially when draped in a garland with dramatic inky flowers and greenery with peculiar leaves and textures! I love how the wreath sits just below the shade of the pendant light, letting a little light peek out between, highlighting the blooms and greenery, allowing peeks of the sinister inhabitants hiding within.

I borrowed the blooms and greenery from our floral chandelier wreath that we used both at Easter and for our Derby party but added eerie elements just for Halloween. Creepy crawlies are hiding throughout, and while looking for them, don’t be surprised if you find something menacing looking back at you!

diy halloween floral chandelier

Making a floral wreath is such an easy project that makes a significant impact on any table setting.  Click HERE for instructions on how to make your own. The floral chandelier, coupled with the Halloween centerpiece, ensures the center of your table is chic enough to take center stage at your next ghostly gathering!

 

THE TABLE DRESSINGS AND SETTING

the gothic collection halloween

Once your Halloween centerpiece display is complete, it’s time to set the table for a sophisticated sit-down dinner! A jet-black cloth veils over a pooled white colored fabric.  A length of black and white baroque patterned paper snakes a chilling path down the center of the table.

 

A Halloween centerpiece is the star of the table, but chargers take center stage in a place setting! Generally reserved for formal affairs, chargers placed beneath plates can be used anytime! I love to use a charger to add color, texture and themed elements to my setting. I’ve DIY’d chargers in the past (and plates, too!), but this time I wanted something particular to go with our Gothic-Glam Halloween Table Decorations. The Dollar store had this black and white floral shelf-liner that was perfect, especially paired with 10″ cake circles (the cardboard circles you place a cake on)!
halloween table decorations to make

If you have fine china, a Gothic Glam Halloween theme is a great time to use it. Otherwise, plain white can look just as ghoulishly gorgeous. I pulled out the good china in the Lenox Solitaire pattern but paired it with inexpensive Halloween themed dessert plates and faux silver serving trays from the dollar store.

halloween party table centerpieces

The napkins, in a fiery orange, add that touch of color I love and coordinate perfectly with the Halloween centerpiece.

FOOD SERVING IDEAS

Typically, our Halloween Party menu consists of Hearty Chili and Mummy Dogs, but no ghoulish feast is complete without treats. These caramel cupcakes are store bought then drizzled with extra caramel sauce. They’re dressed up with black and white eyelet cupcake liners and vintage style toppers.

inexpensive halloween decorations

Thrifted silver pieces, especially with some tarnish are fabulous serving vessels for Gothic Glam Halloween Decorations theme. In this case, vintage sterling silver dresses up various holiday tricks and treats!

cheap halloween table decorations

I had so much fun putting this table setting together – the Halloween centerpiece and Halloween floral chandelier will be perfect for our upcoming Halloween party!

halloween party table ideas

Speaking of ghoulish feasts, what are your Halloween plans this year? I’d love to hear about them! No matter what they are, be sure to stop by and take a peek at the other 19 sinister Halloween table settings as well, cor Halloween centerpiece and tabletop ideas galore!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

CHECK OUT THESE OTHER TABLESCAPE IDEAS

Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop 2018

Monday

Home is Where the Boat Is Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Knock it Off Kim | Stately Home Lane

Tuesday

Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge 
Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Loveland Lodge 

Wednesday


Me and My Captain |Debbee’s Buzz 
Sweet Sensations |The Painted Apron

Thursday

Camelot Art Creations | The Little Yellow Corner Store
Zucchini Sisters | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

Red Cottage Chronicles | My French Twist 
Blue Sky at Home

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How to: Frighteningly Fun Halloween Front Door Decor

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on October 4, 2018

Add some magic to your Halloween front door decor with these spooky inexpensive ideas. You’ll find a plethora of DIY Halloween decoration projects, mixed with holiday items fit for your favorite ghouls, goblins, and witches, all commonly found in many stores. Stop in for heaps of frighteningly fantastic Halloween front door ideas that will give you the best looking porch or front door on the block!

halloween front door decor idea

My favorite part of Halloween decorating outdoors is that it doesn’t matter what state my yard and garden are in – as a matter of fact, the messier, the better. All of a sudden cobwebs are IN. Hence the reason it’s my favorite time of year! When some of my blogging friends were getting together to share their Fall front porch ideas, I jumped in with two feet and scared up some easy ideas to share! So, if you’re on the lookout for easy Halloween front door decor ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

halloween porch decor ideas

PS: Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for even more fantastic ideas for your Fall Outdoor Spaces!

Frighteningly Fun Halloween Front Door Decor

I like to use a theme when decorating, especially for holiday decorations. I find it makes it so much easier for me to ensure everything is cohesive. This year’s Halloween door decorations were no exception, and choosing a theme was easy when I came across this Witch’s spell book Halloween prop!

My porch is quite long. To decorate the long expanse, I broke up the width into three sections – The front door received the spookiest treatment!

OUR HALLOWEEN FRONT DOOR  DECOR

As you round the bend of the walkway, a spooky scene awaits you just up ahead, with tombstones flanking each side of the doorway.

diy Halloween door decoration

Our DIY Jack-o-Lantern arch induces both giggles and shivers – It’s almost like entering a haunted carnival ride! This DIY Halloween front door decor is perfect for greeting trick-or-treaters, is an excellent accent for our annual Halloween party, and don’t even get me started on the GREAT photo op potential!

halloween door decor diy

diy halloween decoration ideas

Framed in lights, a flurry of bats accent the front door. Look for an upcoming tutorial on how to make this Halloween wreath.

halloween door decor

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The resident witch’s broom is ready for her next flight. Look for her on Halloween night, silhouetted against the moon. A mix of both real and faux pumpkins ensures an inexpensive and varied display. You’ll recognize my signature pop of jewel tones – who says Halloween must be orange and black? Shaking skeleton, eager to get out of his cage, gives everyone a fun little fright when they stand near the door.

halloween front door decoration ideas

This sign reminds us that witches can be found everywhere, especially on Halloween. Download the sign for free HERE.

halloween house decorations

 

WITCH’S BREW 

A creepy crone appears to be whipping up something delicious in her cauldron to share – although, her ingredients might be somewhat.. unorthodox? Don’t get too close though, or you might end up in the pot!

halloween witch decorations

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Maybe if we’re nice, she’ll share the recipes from her spellbook!

deco halloween

Without a doubt, this cackling beauty is the scariest thing on this porch! Download the FREE witch out never sign here!

Look twice before crossing paths with this furry feline friend. This sign states the obvious that he’s rather unimpressed – just in case his piercing green eyes and loud meowing don’t!

animated halloween props

LOUNGING SKELETON

Our skeleton friend relaxes on the swing surrounded by colorful pumpkins. I wonder how long he’s been sitting there?

outdoor halloween decorations

 

halloween porch ideas

Finally, my yard looks perfectly in sync with the neighborhood – you know I’ll be embracing those cobwebs! To think, in a few weeks our front porch and front door will be overrun with ghosts, goblins, princesses and maybe a cat in the hat, as they go house to house, knocking on doors,  with a loud ‘trick-or-treat’! Our Halloween front door decor is sure to give them a thrill and keep them coming back!

halloween front door decor

Don’t forget to check out these fabulous fall porches, too! Thanks to Amy of My Life from Home for hosting!

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How to: Make a File Cabinet Desk DIY

Posted in DIY, DIY AND HOME DECOR, FURNITURE MAKE-OVERS, HOLIDAYS, OFFICE
on September 18, 2018

file cabinet desk

Beyond sharing a fun DIY twig wall art project that hangs in the room, our home office has yet to make an appearance on the blog. The reason? I am not a clean desk/office person! There, it’s out there. Wait, you too? Whew, I don’t feel so bad then.  Luckily, I recently caught the cleaning bug and can finally share my File Cabinet Desk DIY project. It’s been a while since I took on a furniture makeover project – too long really! But like the other projects before I’m so happy with how this inexpensive DIY desk turned out.  

Our entire family uses this room (when we can find the desk), but with only one work area and five family members at home, we were in need of some additional desk space, specifically one where multiple kids could work on their homework at the same time. Being that I’m what you’d say.. frugal? (AKA: I was broke!) I came up with a cheap customized solution – A File Cabinet Desk DIY! This project is easy for beginners and those with more DIY experience alike, is relatively inexpensive, and entirely customizable for your room – which in my case means it can accommodate a bazillion kids!

How To – File Cabinet Desk DIY

The super short how to: I made this desk from three metal filing cabinets that I picked up at the thrift store and a simple DIY wood desktop out of pine boards stained with walnut. But, I bet you’re you looking for more detail? I’ve got you covered! Read on!

Everything You Will Need:

Bases
Desktop

How to Make the File Cabinet Desk Base:

file cabinet desk base

Finished File Cabinet Desk Base

Give each cabinet a thorough cleaning using TSP and a wire brush, being sure to remove any loose paint.

Add Trim

file cabinet desk diy

Cut the baseboard trim to fit at the bottom of the file cabinet with corner pieces meeting at 45° angle corners.  Pre-drill and countersink holes on each piece of trim. Line up and pre-drill holes into the file cabinet. Attach the trim to the cabinet using liquid nails and bolts securing with a nut on the underside of the cabinet. Fill holes and corner seams with wood filler, allow to dry, then sand smooth.

Paint the Cabinets

Paint each cabinet, including trim, with flat black to coat – two coats will likely be needed. Follow the flat black with a light, sweeping coat of metallic gunmetal gray, giving just enough coverage to create a metallic sheen. When dry then follow up with clear lacquer in a matte finish.

Add Drawer Pulls

Build your own file cabinet desk

 

Some cabinets have a handle rather than a pull. In that case, remove the existing handles and replace them with new ones – a chunky cup pull was perfect for this project!
diy desk drawer pulls
I was not that lucky and had to follow a few more steps to change the hardware. You’ll likely have a built-in plastic handle such as this one above – measure the holes from your handles and carefully drill holes through the plate. Attach your new drawer pulls over the plate and secure.

 

For the desktop:

file cabinet desktop

Finished DIY File Cabinet Desktop

Cut your Wood to Proper Size

My desktop is 8′ feet long and 23″ wide, which meant no cuts for the desktop boards. For an area larger or smaller than that, adjust the size of your boards and cut them to the correct length before starting.

I cut 20 sections from the furring strips at 18.75″ long, saving two 8′ furring strips for the front and back edges.

Sand, sand, and sand some more

Give all of your cut sections a thorough sanding to smooth out the surface and remove any markings or ink stamps. I used an orbital palm sander for this step – I like this one a lot! It’s not expensive, and it’s easy to use.

Create the Desktop

Young House Love and Lindsay Stephenson both have great tutorials on building a desktop and I was able to get some fabulous ideas from their DIY desk projects. Ultimately, though, I found my way of doing things if for no other reason than to keep costs down. I wanted my desktop to be relatively heavy and thick but found that giving the illusion of this was a little easier on my pocketbook than buying a thicker cut of wood. Hardwoods can be expensive y’all!

diy file cabinet desk topTo beef up the 1″x6″s, I first created a frame from the furring strips and support pieces I had cut. The frame consisted of the 20 support pieces, evenly spaced, then sandwiched between two 8′ furring strips, secured together with glue and wood screws.

diy filing cabinet desktop

The planks were then secured to the top of the frame using countersunk wood screws. Fill all holes with wood filler – sand when dry.

Pre-condition and stain

Pre-condition the desktop wood before applying your stain. After it dries, you can apply your stain. I went with a dark walnut to match the bankers’ desk in the room. To apply, use a brush recommended for stain or, use my favorite method – wearing rubber gloves, apply the stain using an old (lint free and clean) sock, working the stain in a circular motion. Once you have good coverage, remove any excess stain with a lint-free cloth. Let dry.

Apply a Protective Finish

After a light sanding, apply your polyacrylic finish of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will protect your top and also give the stain depth and richness.

Finishing up

To assemble your DIY Desk, space your file cabinets evenly and lay the DIY desktop on top of the cabinets. I centered the middle cabinet and placed the left and right cabinets 24″ apart, leaving a generous opening for a desk chair.

 

desk made from old metal file cabinets

Allow 24″ between pedestals for ample seating room.

 

And, here it is all styled up and pretty! I’m in love with our File Cabinet Desk DIY. With any luck, I’ll be able to keep this desk clean. What? A girl can wish!

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I hope I’ve inspired you to take on building your own customized DIY file cabinet desk solution, and please, let me know if I can answer any questions or help with your project.

DIY Filing Cabinet Desk

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