DIY Cheap Chargers

Boy do I have spring fever!  I have been on a mission, lately, to spruce up my back patio.  I dream of an outdoor space where I WANT to unwind, a place where our family can spend time together and a place that I want to show off!  Of course, I also want that space cheap:)
My first plan of action was to create an outdoor dining area.  We love ourselves some cook-outs!  We purchased a patio set last summer but I never did anything decorative with it. 
***Many of you have sent emails asking where I got my patio set and we purchased it on-line at Home Depot.  It is a Martha Stewart set and I LOVE it!  It was shipped for free and 20% off!  Check out the circulars in your Sunday paper because they run great deals on patio furniture!***
Back to the Chargers!
I love the look of chargers for a tablescape but the price tag on most of them busts my wallet, especially for outdoor dining!  I had a vision and I went with it!
I picked some 1 x 12’s from my scrap pile and got to work!
I cut 6 pieces at 12″ (I might add that my husband was over-joyed for me to get rid of some scraps;)
I gave each piece 1 coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
and followed up with 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic.
That was it!
Seriously, that was it!  Very little time and they were FREE!
I also cut one 1 x 12 at 24″ for a centerpiece and I love how it shows off my citronella lanterns!
Please excuse the mess, we are installing a pool right now (which is another reason I am ready to spruce up my outdoor area;)
If you don’t have 1 x 12 scraps laying around you can purchase one 8′ board at a hardware store for around $13.  That’s less that $2 per charger!  To make it easier, you can have it cut for you while you are at the store.  From there, your only job is to stain and finish:)
I am so in love with these chargers!  I love the natural look of them and I LOVE that I can use them for inside dining as well!  Now, I’m off to set up my inside dining table!

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  1. Candi Daitch on November 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I just love these, and how you used your Silhouette to pretty them up too. I’m just getting into doing anything with wood and think these would be a perfect first project (I can see them used as wall decor too). One quick question, what did you use to cut down your 1×12’s? I have a circular saw & jig saw but am a bit sketchy on using both, been thinking about a table saw. Thanks!

  2. tammy @ tammylovesdishes on May 14, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Very creative! Your chargers look great. Your whole table has a clean and elegant look. Very nice!

  3. Diane @ Magpies & Magnolias on May 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    So simple and easy that it is brilliant! And they look so much more expensive!

  4. marlis on May 12, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Great Idea… What an unexpected element on the table and so perfect for outside.

  5. Jordan@the2seasons on May 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    These are great. So easy and they give a beautiful look. We are working on our backyard and I can’t wait to start shopping or making stuff for the table setting. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Susan on May 2, 2011 at 4:56 am

    How clever is this! I love it! Hope you link this wonderful tablescape to Tablescape Thursday on Wednesday evening. It’s a perfect post for TT. 🙂

  7. Laura@JourneyChic on April 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    What a fantastic use of scraps! They look very “organic chic”. I also really love the lanterns on the table too. You’ll have such an awesome entertaining space once the pool is finished.

    • Ashley on April 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Laura! We are very excited to get everything finished! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  8. staci on April 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    LOVE this idea!!
    I found you through Everyday Celebrating – and now I’m your newest fan!!!

    • Ashley on April 8, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Thanks Staci!!! So happy to have you;)

  9. Anu@MyDreamCanvas on April 7, 2011 at 5:39 am

    This is gorgeous. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  10. Jacqueline on April 7, 2011 at 3:33 am

    First, I am so jealous of the pool! It is going to be so beautiful. The brown and greens of the table are beautiful. What a lever idea. Those lanterns are really fun. Enjoy it when it is all done.

    • Ashley on April 7, 2011 at 3:47 am

      Thank you so much Jacqueline! We are very excited too! I think I am more excited about decorating the backyard though;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Linda on April 7, 2011 at 3:05 am

    This idea is fabulous! So easy and I can see doing the chargers in a few different colors and glosses! Thanks! Linda

    • Ashley on April 7, 2011 at 3:10 am

      Thank you Linda! They are so versatile!!!

  12. Koren Saiers on April 7, 2011 at 3:02 am

    So cute. When I first saw them from afar, I thought you’d appropriated floor tiles as chargers for outside… and on that note I am thinking that would be another super cute weather tolerant charger- some pretty 12 by 12 tiles… On Craigslist you can often even get free tile when folks have just a box or less leftover…excited to do some work outside!

    • Ashley on April 7, 2011 at 3:11 am

      Great Idea Koren! Thanks for sharing!

  13. marlis on April 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Love your idea! Very creative and looks great on your table. Your green dishes are perfect for outside. I bet you can’t wait till the pool is finished! Please drop in for a Mikasa giveaway!

    • Ashley on April 7, 2011 at 2:49 am

      Thank you so much:)))

  14. Condo Blues on April 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    These would be fun if you painted them with chalkboard paint. After painting my kitchen backsplash with chalkboard paint, I want to cover everything in chalkboard paint. I hope you understand 🙂

  15. Michelle@Everyday Celebrating on April 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Great idea!!!! I’ll be featuring on my entertaining blog! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much Michelle!

  16. Nike@ChooseToThrive on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Love how classic and simple your chargers turned out. And using scraps from on hand — awesome!

    • Ashley on April 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Thank you so much:)

  17. Pinky on April 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I sure do LOVE your chargers!!!! How wonderful they are, especially for outdoors! I also love your patio set! I am on the lookout for a rectangular table….I ahve a round one right now that only seats 4. Thanks for the tip! XO, Pinky

    • Ashley on April 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Thank you Pinky:). Good luck in your search!

  18. Lorie on April 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Such a great idea!! I will definitely be sharing this one with my readers!

    • Ashley on April 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you Lorie! 🙂

  19. Tonya on April 2, 2011 at 12:41 am

    How cute! And very creative! I like! Now it’s time for a cookout! 🙂

  20. Jill on March 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Those are sooo cool! Great job! We just moved from DFW to Northern OK and I have been trying out some of your fabulous DIY ideas in my new home! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. haley davis on March 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    What a super fab idea!!! Genius!

  22. Meghan McCann on March 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Easy, Chic, and Fun! LOVE

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