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“Goodwill” Finds For Fall Tablescapes!

Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love the cooler weather, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and of course the holidays!

Like a lot of people, our Thanksgiving last year was very different. We limited our celebration to immediate family. We were thankful to be together, but missed our extended family. This year however, we will be having our extended family join us and we could not be happier!

With this in mind, I am determined to make everything very special, starting with the table. Because, I am on a budget, I headed over to Goodwill. I was not looking for any particular item, just something that could be used in a tablescape. I could not believe my luck! I found an antique taper candle holder, a small rectangle mirror, and a five votive candle holder.

These items were all in different areas of the store. Each one gave me an idea for a tablescape.

I love this piece. It is so elegant and with a perfect patina

This small mirror has an antique look with wonderful detail.

The mercury glass votives are beautiful, but the base needs some work.

The only thing the mirror needs is a good cleaning!

Before cleaning I removed the sticker.

After removing the sticker there was adhesive residue. Out comes Goo Gone. It never fails!

Next, I tackled the little dust bunnies in the crevasses. My large paintbrush did the trick!

It looks great!

I started by removing the sticker and cleaning it up.

The detail is very pretty, but I did not love the silver color.

To tone it down I dry brushed it with “Rub n Buff Wax” in antique gold .

I dipped it in the wax, then used a paper towel to remove the excess for dry brushing.

The change is very subtle.

The added color ties in better with the color of the mercury glass.

The amber color of the votives reminds me of Fall.


I thought about adding some “Rub n Buff to this, but the patina is too perfect to take the risk.

Next post I am going to show you some tablescapes using these items!

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