Having a blended family of 6 kids, 5 sons ranging from 13 years to 22 years and a 16 year old daughter means that most nights of the week our 8 seater Dining Table between the hours of 6:30pm & 8:00pm has all bums on seats, with only standing room left which is left for Gary and myself.
Now with one of our sons away in the army you would think that would allow for one of us oldies to to take up at the table filled with laughter, jokes, banter and talk of the days events between mouthfuls of food but no. I think that would leave opportunity for the girlfriends to sit on our other 2 son’s laps (probably spoon feed them as well). Then there is always the extra’s in way of friends. I am by no means a great cook and since my injury I don’t particularly enjoy it cooking But the kids friends are always coming back for more.
What I do love though is the family time having everyone together, Gary and I literally have to do a shout out and ring around in the morning to head count how many will be home for dinner and then my absolute favourite part and all the kids know to steer clear whilst I am doing it, is setting the table.
My Collections- I have a collection of Vintage Table Cloths, then I have all my Antique Dinner sets , Serving Dishes & Cutlery. I can spend ages setting the table, I have on one occassion accidentally let the vegies boil dry, I was so engrossed in making the table look perfect.
For so long now I have been searching for the perfect Trivets to compliment my eclectic style, of cause I have only been looking in Op-Shops as I was after old vintage looking ones. All I ever came across were the metal ones and for my tastes that just did not fit the brief.
So I purchased my Peg Board and because of my injury had my son cut it with a jigsaw (this is a simple job for any physically able person)
I then ensured I had the following items to complete my project.
*2 can of Paint and Prime (Bonds to everything) Spraypaint *Pastel Coloured Metal Split Pins (Stationary Section Of a Cheapy Store) * Sandpaper with varying Grits (course To Fine) * A4 Pieces of Felt *My Glue Gun *Mod Podge (sml Paint Brush to apply) *Sipa Marker Paint Pens (purchased as a set on eBay) *12 Tiny Round wooden Cupboard Door Handles *Spray can Clear polyurethane(Varnish sealer)
From There the project is as straight forward as following the photos, that is if you wish for your Trivets to look like mine however you have a blank canvas on which to work. I firstly started using Raffia as a Boarder, however it didn’t appeal to me. You can just use split pins without using anything else
I enjoyed making the decorative floral patterns with my paint pens and I find sanding and distressing very therapeutic and wanted for these Trivets to have a very aged look. What I did find looked really good was the effect left once you had sanded over the holes. You could omit the entire push pin section choose to sand over the holes and use Twine fro a decorative border. This would look fantastic if your look was more a Hamptons or Shabby Chic Style. I then sprayed 2 coats of Polyurethane & allowed for drying.
I used a combination of Mod Podge and the Hot Glue Gun to adhere the felt to the back. Once Dry I used a generous amount of hot glue applied pressure to stick on my door handle legs and all 3 were ready for the Rowdy Roast Dinner That was booked in for the following night.
If any of you DIY Crafters do happen to make your own version of Pegboard Trivets I would absolutely love to see them and to share them here and on my Pinterest Group Board or if you perhaps have other crafts you have blogged about (Newbies Most welcome) email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Diy Thank You For Reading
Judith-Curvy & Content