Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Room for Improvement: Summer Tablescapes
Entertaining at home is fun, especially when you set just the right mood with your table setting. Makeover maestro Martin Amado is here tonight to show us how to set the right tone for summer.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Summertime is the perfect time of the year for outdoor entertaining, so today's Room for Improvement, we're coming up with some cool ideas that will help you create the perfect tablescape on a budget. Let's get started."
Martin Amado: "Now, the things you need to created a beautiful tablescape are very simple, a centerpiece, some candleholders, a place setting and if you want to be a good host or hostess, you also want to include a party favor. The best part is, we're creating some of these things from scratch, so you can save money and also be creative."
Martin Amado: "First up, let's begin with the centerpiece. I want to give this plain vase a high-end look by resurfacing it with beach glass."
Martin Amado: "Instead of using a glue gun, I discovered these adhesive strips that work much better. It's not mess and makes the process go much quicker."
Martin Amado: "Last rock and I love it!"
Martin Amado: "For the candleholder, I created the same effect to make it all tie in, but what make this different is, I used a Mason jar for only $2. All we need to do now is paint the cap."
Martin Amado: "Some spray paint on a common plumbing connector will turn this into a beautiful napkin ring."
Martin Amado: "all right we'll let this dry and we'll work on our placemats."
Martin Amado: "Scrapbooking paper comes in many different patterns and colors for about a dollar a sheet, so why not turn it into placemats. To do that I went to my local home improvement store, bought a piece of mdf board, a quarter inch thick and had them cut it down to 12 X 12 tiles. All we need to do now is glue it right on top."
Martin Amado: "Even though we're creating a casual setting outdoors, adding a placecard is always a nice touch and to do that I'm using these alphabet hooks as the perfect placecard holder."
Martin Amado: "And our final project is the party favor and you don't have to spend a lot of money on that either. In this case, a rock candy treat will do."
Martin Amado: "A Tablescape can enhance the overall experience for your guests and you don't have to spend a lot of money, by using your creativity and transforming ordinary objects into something special, we created table decor for less than $50."
Martin Amado: "Have a great summer guys. I'm Martin Amado for 7 News."
Martin's tablescape is in a summer design contest with four other designers to vote for his design:Design and Dine Contest:
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