A Grate Idea for Holiday Entertaining

October 14th, 2008 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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These are vintage register grates Ive been collecting to use as chargers.  They add a simple yet elegant addition to your holiday table.  I did a wet sanding and used spray poly to each of them to prevent the paint from chipping off. 
Then to each plate I added a piece of slate tile used as a place card holder and a sprig of bittersweet.
The center candle holders are parts from a farm tiller.  They sit a top a vintage sign.  The candles themselves have a ribbon rapped around them and attached with an upholstery tack.  I added a few pieces of bittersweet in the center for color.
These are vintage register grates Ive been collecting to use as chargers.  They add a simple yet elegant addition to your holiday table.  I did a wet sanding and used spray poly to each of them to prevent the paint from chipping off. 

These are vintage register grates I've been collecting to use as chargers.  They add a simple yet elegant addition to your holiday table.  I did a wet sanding and used spray poly to each of them to prevent the paint from chipping off. 


Grates are a great tool for decorating! Here I use them as chargers, but they can also be used under a bowl for a buffet style get together. This simple table setting is easy to put together, and your guests will certainly be quite impressed. It's a grate thing!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette @ Cottage Elements
posted in: member junk, metal, cottage, industrial, dining room, entertaining

Comments (14)

Turnbrooreove writes: I am looking forward to another great article from you.
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Posted: 4:59 pm on October 9th
junkinyaya writes: who would've thought? :) Love it! xo...deb Posted: 12:57 am on November 30th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Lani:
Congratulations! You have such an aesthetic quality to your work!!
Kari Posted: 5:31 pm on October 22nd
csudderth writes: I LOVE this. Anything rusty and from a farm is right up my alley. Look forward to seeing more of your projects.
Christy Posted: 10:02 pm on October 18th
shabbychick writes: Congrats, Lani! I love your style and grate ideas! Can't wait to see more - and will have to visit your blog too.

Those grates are absolutely awesome. I've never seen round ones (maybe they don't have those in Ohio...LOL) - but will keep a lookout for them.

Thanks for sharing. Kathy Posted: 10:04 am on October 15th
junkinhart writes: Congratulation, Lani!! A very well deserved position.....I love your posts and I keep up to date with your blog. Some things are more detailed there!!

GRATE job with the chargers -- this adds lots of charm to your chunky table!! The parts of the farm disc is just wonderful!! For those that don't know what they are, go to cssudderth's rusty bird bath, your candleholders are the middle part between the discs. Posted: 5:58 am on October 15th
CottageElements writes: Thanks everyone for the compliments. Don't know about a magazine, or TV, this is good for me and will keep me plenty busy. As to your questions, Gretchen, I've been collecting them one at a time and they do run $15 to $25. I haven't paid more than that for them. Someone I know just purchased a bunch for $5 a piece! Was I jealous. As to the candleholders, they were part of a farm tiller. They were between discs (which by the way look great on top of the candleholders). My first one I got at Junk Market.

Btw, I was just informed bittersweet is poisonous. From what I googled, it's the American version, not the Oriental, but I don't want to take any chances as I have cats. Thanks for the heads up. Yikes!

Lanette Posted: 10:28 pm on October 14th
MimiToria writes: Lanette-
I just loved your grates when I saw them last Christmas at the Holiday Home Tour, and I still love them today with your twist on Fall decorating with them. They are awesome.
How did you find so many? It must of cost a fortune, as I've only seen them in the $15-25 range and to serve up a table like this, it really adds up. Any secrets to reveal?
Love the candle centerpiece rusty pcs. too. Do you know their original use? I've seen Sue & Ki use these too, and think they look great.
Gretchen Posted: 9:38 pm on October 14th
NebraskaJunker writes: Congrats Lani! I can't wait to see more of your great ideas! Keep them coming! You are a great addition to the team! Posted: 9:01 pm on October 14th
Chovey writes: Ooooh girl...you knew I would just LOVE this!!!

If you couldn't find these cool vintage grates, another solution is to look at the plant section in stores. There are plate grates meant to sit plants on that look alike like these! Hope this make sense!

Good job, Lani!!

cynthia Posted: 6:58 pm on October 14th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Congratulations Lanette! I look forward to reading your posts as a contributor and enjoying your wonderful photos! I love your style and try to replicate the ideas you provide in your posts constantly.

Those chargers are amazing! Something that would fantastic in my home. ;) Beautiful table too!

Candy

Posted: 5:26 pm on October 14th
shoppe4tea writes: Welcome Lanette! This is a very talented chick! I have followed her (well not literally!) through all her creative endevors and growth - the woman neds her own magazine or TV show. Everyone needs to see her house!

Lisa

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www.artisanspress.com Posted: 5:02 pm on October 14th
LuAnn writes: Congrats Lani on your new "junk projects" position. I know you'll pass along your great creative ideas.

LuAnn Posted: 3:45 pm on October 14th
suewhitney writes: Hello everyone,

Please welcome Lanette Lorsung of Cottage Elements as one of JUNKMARKET Style's new contributors. She joins the ranks of Kimberly and Tim from JMS headquarters. In our continued effort for excellence in all things junk we are pleased and delighted that she has agreed to provide this community with projects and much more showcasing her own special style. More news on the way, so stay tuned....

Welcome aboard, Lani!


Happy junking,
Sue Posted: 1:32 pm on October 14th
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