Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas with Martha Stewart Paints

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday of the year. I have the best memories of waking up to the smell of turkey in the oven and the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV, followed by a short period of chaos while my mom, sister, and I rushed to set the table and get everything ready for our few guests to arrive, and at last a leisurely lunch with family - indulging in seconds (or thirds!) of the casseroles that my mom made year after year. 

Now that I'm hosting the meal, I make all my mom's dishes, but I love adding my own touch to the holiday by decorating the table a little different each year with something I've made.  

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

This year I used Martha Stewart's new line of Vintage Decor paints to create a moody table in different shades of muted blues and greens, accented with feathers, cattails, and painted pumpkins. The Vintage Decor paint creates a matte chalk finish on wood, metal, glass, and fabric in just 1-2 coats with no other prep. You can seal it with a clear or antique wax for a smooth protective finish.

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

The table is made from simple components - a few empty soup cans (a perfect thing to save when making all those casseroles!), pumpkins left over from Halloween, and a couple packages of feathers from the craft store. The Vintage Decor paints transformed them into something special!

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

For simple place cards, I painted a small pumpkin with two coats of paint and added a gold sticker for an initial.

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

I reused this cattail bouquet that I made for Thanksgiving last year (yay for repurposing past projects!). All I did was buy a bunch of cattails at the craft store and paint some of them with a coat of Martha Stewart glitter paint.

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

For the other centerpieces, I filled painted cans with a bouquet of different feathers, a few of which I painted gold. I secured the feathers in place with a little round of floral foam at the bottom of each can.

A modern Thanksgiving table with gold dipped feather arrangements and pumpkins painted in moody blues and greens || http://designimprovised.com

To see how I transformed these soup cans with Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint, read on!

Supplies for Vintage Painted Cans


  • Clean metal cans (with lid & label removed and any adhesive removed to the extent possible)
  • Martha Stewart paint brushes
  • Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint (comes in 22 colors - I used Parisian Blue, River Rock, and Eucalyptus)
  • Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Clear Wax and (optional) Antique Wax 

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint

How to Make Vintage Painted Cans


1. Use your brush to apply an even coat around the outside of the can. Let dry for at least 2 hours and repeat with a second coat of paint.

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint

2. Once the second coat is dry, apply a small amount of clear wax with a soft cloth. Use the cloth to cover the can with an even coat and remove any excess wax. Let dry for 24 hours. If you want, you can follow with a coat of antique wax for a weathered look.

Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint

3. To create the feather arrangements, I used a couple different types of feathers, a floral foam disk, and Martha Stewart gold acrylic paint.


4. I painted the tops of some of the feathers at an angle and let dry.


5. I arranged the feathers in the floral foam and that's it!

Feather Centerpiece\

Once you're done with these centerpieces you can reuse these pretty containers in so many ways - to hold pencils, craft supplies, utensils, you name it!


This is post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as part of the #12MonthsofMartha program. All content and opinions are my own.

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