As I’ve been putting my tablescapes together, I’ve noticed a lack in the variety of chargers. There’s the basic gold and silver with an occasional red or brown thrown in for good measure. Maybe I’m not shopping in the right stores. Maybe if I lived in a more metropolitan area there’d be a greater selection. I know that finding them on the internet is another option. However, unique, fun and different typically comes with a price.
A table set for 4-6 isn’t that much of challenge when it comes to chargers. However, if the guest list raises whatever shall a savvy and stylish hostess do when she wants chargers in bulk. Hmmmm….let’s see….. Stop the presses I’ve got it!!!!
In addition to TJ Maxx and the thrift stores, Home Depot is now one of my favorite stores. With one call I found out how to have my chargers in bulk and customize them too. I bought a 4×8 sheet of ¼” luan and the nice sales associate cut it into 21 (give or take) 12×12 pieces, with no charge for the labor. Instant bulk chargers for the bargain basement price of $11.00!!! Next time, and there will be a next time I’ll have them cut in either 13 or 14 inch squares for a little more room around the plates. Squares, circles, scallops, oh the possibilities!
They are a bit rough around the edges, but nothing that a light sanding won’t take care of. I can cover them with contact paper, wrapping paper, fabric, paint them, varnish them, and just plain old have my way with them! Can you tell I’m excited? Sometimes it pays to be frugal. Sometimes you also have to think outside of what is traditional and commonplace.
I used the wooden chargers in the setting below by covering them with contact paper.
they were then topped with a white and black filigree sheets of scrapbook paper.
Here’s a tip I picked up by watching a home decorating video on Youtube. This little gem comes from Rebecca Robeson from Robeson Design. Her work is elegant and totally drool worthy. She uses a multiple placemat or a charger/placemat combo. The reason she gave made perfect sense. How often have you set a table and didn’t have ample room for the flatware? You end up pushing the knife and fork under the plate which doesn’t give you full view of it. By using two placemats or the charger/placemat combo everything fits on the placemat. With this method you can really get creative and create depth by using different textures.
In my Outside the Box post, I mentioned that I had dissected one of my old leather coats and this is part of it. Love the texture!
Take a walk down memory lane with some old album covers. These would be perfect for a retro party. Guess I don’t have to suggest that you take the albums out first.
How about large size floor tiles from your favorite home improvement store. I got this one at Lowes for $1.67. If you’re using this on bare wood cover the back with felt to protect your table.
Scrapbook paper to the rescue again. This time an oversized sheet takes the place of a placemat. Laminating your sheets would allow you use them again.
A picture is worth a thousand words and a picture frame has more than one use. I applied glitter tape and small stones around the edges and inserted zebra paper under the glass. To hold the weight of the dinnerware on the glass I inserted one of the wooden chargers between the paper and the frame backing.
This is one of my favorites. I orginally bought this to see if it would work as a chair cap. That didn’t work so I decided to use it as a charger. Very elegant!
I hope these examples work for you or better yet, have set your wheels turning to come up with more ideas. Leave me a comment and let me know what else would work.
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