Swap It Like It’s Hot! : Fall Tablescape

Oct, 07, 2015

Every time I say Swap it Like it’s Hot it’s always to the beat of Snoop Dogg’s Drop it Like it’s Hot. And then it gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day. The lovely ladies who started this awesome group asked me to join them for round 4 of this fun challenge and of course I couldn’t say no. Any excuse to have fun with thrifting right?


Fall Tablescape

Here’s how it works: there are 40(!) of us participating and we each had to go thrifting for another person on the list. We got to spend around $10-$15 to pick out some of the best goodies we could find and send them off for a good thrift store makeover. This was actually the most challenging part of it all. Of course I wish I could send a piece of furniture or something larger, but the shipping would have been cray. So I had to get creative and send a bunch of smaller items.

Here’s what Jennifer from Town and Country Living sent me:

thrift store finds

fall tablescape supplies

Yep that’s potpourri. My box arrived smelling like the most perfect combination of thrift store and yummy fall spices.  I also got the cutest little wood coasters, which I was most excited about, a wooden leaf bowl, some striped placemats or napkins, and a shadow box type frame.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to do with all these items but I kept circling back around to a tablescape of sorts. I remembered I had some gold leaf lying around and thought I could use some of that on the wood pieces. I love the look of darker wood and gold, it’s such a classic combination.


I started with the little leaf bowl. I had the intention of gold leafing the whole thing. Terrible idea. I don’t know what I was thinking. And I didn’t have any gold leaf adhesive, so I just used Mod Podge. Which works…to an extent. But it takes forever to dry and I’m super impatient and the gold leaf was looking like crap.

I was hoping I could scrape it all off before it dried too much, which actually led to a very happy accident. It gave me this speckled gold leaf look that looked pretty sweet, so I rolled with it. Threw some of those little potpourri balls in there with some pinecones and called it a day.

gold leaf wooden bowl diy


For the coasters, I planned these out a little better. I knew I wanted to do a pattern of sorts with the gold leaf and decided on a simple triangle. So, I taped off my shape and spread a thin layer of mod podge on. I placed a sheet of gold leaf over top and pressed gently and let it dry.


Luckily, I had 8 of these, because again, I got impatient and took the gold leaf off before the glue was dry and I got uneven lines. It may have taken me a few tries to get it perfect 😉

striped fall napkins


For the frame, I wanted to try and use it as something other than what it was. Since I was going with a tablescape theme I decided to use it as my centerpiece. I had the hubs spray paint it white for me and then I just added some little bottles I tied ribbons around with some wheat in them. Is that wheat? I have no idea. I threw in some green apples for a little pop of color too.

fall tray with apples


Last but not least I used the striped cloths as napkins, rolled them up and tied the same ribbon around them and added a sprig of the wheat.

And now we have a pretty little fall tablescape for our dining room table.

fall table setting with wheat stems

fall napkins and gold coasters

fall popourii and wooden bowl

white tray with fall decor

I loved Swappin’ it Like it was Hot with this group of talented ladies and you can check out what everyone else was sent and created all week long!

Jennifer from Town ‘N Country Living sent me my goodies and you can see what she created here.

I sent Meaghan from the Charming Farmer some extra thrifty items; see what she made here.

And you can check out everyone else on this list below!

Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.


That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona


Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane


Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile


Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home


Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

swap it like it's hot fall tablescape diy

October 5, 2015



  1. Reply

    Jessica @ Decor Adventures

    October 28, 2015

    Love me some gold leaf! Although I was going to do a project soon with mod podge and now I’m rethinking it? Guess I’ll have to buy the real adhesive.

    Love the diamond accent on the coasters. I got some in my wood fruit set and now I know what I can do with them 🙂

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      October 28, 2015

      I could gold leaf everything! Mod Podge works, I feel like it just takes a little longer to dry and I’m super impatient 😉

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    Michelle from Weekend Craft

    October 13, 2015

    Your style is so defined I love it! Great transformation.

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      October 14, 2015

      Thank you so much Michelle!!

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    October 8, 2015

    Your tablescape is beautiful! I think your coasters might be my favorite element – the geometric shape + gold leaf accent is beautiful!

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    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    October 8, 2015

    That was a tough challenge, but you did great! I love the coasters the best! XO

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    Trisha D. @Black and White Obsession

    October 8, 2015

    Oh my goodness, your tablescape turned out wonderfully. Kudos for making everything play together so nicely. The touches of wheat are so sweet. Such a happy accident on that bowl indeed. Those diamond coasters are looking mighty dapper as well!

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      October 8, 2015

      Aw thank you so much Trisha! I’m glad I was able to use everything!

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    Kimm at Reinvented

    October 7, 2015

    LOVE the gold leaf on the bowl and the coasters! So cool. 🙂

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      October 8, 2015

      Thanks Kimm!!! xo

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    Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

    October 7, 2015

    I LOVE the gold effect on the bowl!! SUCH a happy accident. Just like chocolate chip cookies and post it notes. 😉 Thanks for being party of the #Swap madness again… SO many great makeovers! xx

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    Tania // Run to Radiance

    October 7, 2015

    Thrift store and fall spices sounds like the most heavenly scent ever. Maybe if we added a bit of coffee it would be my ideal! 😛 I LOVE how that bowl turned out!! The gold leaf flakes look prefect, yay for happy accidents!

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    Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    October 7, 2015

    Well aren’t you clever! The gold speckles on the leaf bowl really are a sweet oops. Adding green apples to the shadow box tray just makes your Fall vignette pop – love it. Your photos, once again, are beautiful Bre!

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    Meagan B.

    October 7, 2015

    Thank you Bre for the AMAZING finds – I had a blast repurposing them! And your tablescape looks so damn awesome!

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    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    October 7, 2015

    So simple and so beautiful Bre!! 🙂

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      October 7, 2015

      Thank you so much Nancy!!

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    October 7, 2015

    SOOOOO creative! If only all accidents could be that happy 😉 LOVE what you came up with Bre!

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      October 7, 2015

      haha right?! Thanks Kristi!! xo

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    October 7, 2015

    I love how it turned out, Bre! The gold leaf + wood is such a great combination!!!

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      October 7, 2015

      Thanks Brynne! I’m about to gold leaf everything 😉

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    Lindsay Eidahl

    October 7, 2015

    This would be a lot of fun! Great job with the things you got!

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      October 7, 2015

      It was a blast! So fun to see what everyone created 🙂

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    October 7, 2015

    Those apples against the white tray look incredible!!! Awesome job Bre. I hope you are doing well!

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      October 7, 2015

      Thank you so much Jillian!!

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