Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape (on a budget)

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Are ya’ll into the whole Fall thing yet? Scarves, boots, pumpkins, hot cider….no, not yet here.
We are still wearing shorts and flip flops although the nights are starting to get a bit crisp.

Well, sooner than later it will be cool enough for all of those things. I’m in no hurry. ;)
But I am so excited to be a part of a Fall Tour this week with a bunch of other really fabulous bloggers.
We’re sharing Fall ideas and inspiration for mantels, tablescapes, wreaths and crafts.
(*I have links to all of their posts at the bottom of mine here so be sure to go by and visit!)

I’m sharing a Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape… on a budget.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - DECOR ON A BUDGET - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

What colors do you think of when you think of Fall?

Oranges, Golds and Reds, right?

Like this…..

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - what I started with - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

Well this year I wanted to go neutral….AND coastal.

That photo above was last year’s decor along with a few new thrifty finds this year.
The candle sticks came from Michael’s and were 50% off.

And these are also from Michael’s.
The pumpkins were 50% off and the chargers were buy one, get one free. Yippee! :)

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - if they aren't the right color, paint them! - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

They were all the wrong color though.
I was hoping that copper color (chargers) would match …. but it didn’t so they got sprayed too.

I painted pretty much all of it with this….

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - paint I used to change the color of last year's decor - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

….and Hammered Copper spray paint…which I just recently used on this Coastal Tiled Tray.

Colors I used…
*Rust-Oleum Spray Paint, Matte Robin’s Egg
*Rust-Oleum Spray Paint, Matte French Cream
*Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish Spray, Copper
Rust-Oleum Pearl Mist Spray Paint (I couldn’t find a link for this one)
You can probably find these at your local hardware or big box store also.

I had originally planned to paint everything cream and blue but then decided to add a bit of Copper too.
I felt like the Copper was a more elegant way of adding in a bit of traditional “Fall color”.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Centerpiece - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I love the copper look mixed with the cream and blue shades.

I painted the candlesticks with the Hammered Copper spray paint also.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Hammered Copper Painted CandleStick Holders with White Dry Brush - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I then used a bit of white paint to dry brush over top of that.

For the “hello Fall”, I just created a quick little graphic in Picmonkey, printed and cut it out and put it in a frame I already had.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Faux Chalk ART - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I gave the frame a quick spray of copper and then applied one coat of white paint.
I lightly rubbed the edges with a cloth while it was still wet to bring the copper color through.
I also rubbed a piece of chalk long ways across the printout to give it a “chalkboard” look.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Happy Fall Faux Chalk Art - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

SOOO simple! “Faux” chalkboard art at its most basic.
Oh…and I got new curtains in the dining room.
You can just see them there below.
They are teal/aqua color and I just love them against the new wall color.
(they were a bit too long so I had to give them a bit of “no-sew” action! )
You can see the plans (and mood board) for the dining room here –> Farmhouse Coastal Cottage Makeover

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Dining table centerpiece - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I sprayed a bit of the Pearl Mist over the pumpkins inside the wood centerpiece but left the two, larger pumpkins outside matte.
The Pearl Mist gave a nice, light shimmer.

I love the mix of natural elements along with the neutrals.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - coastal Fall decor - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

Pretty much everything you see in there got painted. (except the seashells and the pine cones)

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - seashells and blue coastal decor - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

The pumpkins on the plates went from silver to copper…..

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Hammered Copper painted pumpkin - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I sprayed a few of the leaves I had from last year and placed them around the copper platters and pumpkins.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - neutral Fall decor - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - spray painted thrift store find - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

Isn’t that Copper color beautiful??
I’m REALLY loving Copper lately.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - full table view - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

It goes fabulously with the aqua shade.

And I know I don’t need all that silverware but it looked so pretty.
I don’t have soup bowls or coffee cups … but I may serve soup and coffee.

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - place setting - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

I’m not really fancy so this casual tablescape is a win-win for me.
(and super easy to throw together too)

I had to stand on a stool to get these last few shots but I love the viewpoint. lol

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - Neutral Coastal Tablescape on a BUDGET - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

This is the dining table that I’ve had for almost 20 years now.
I gave it a complete makeover a few years ago.
You can see what it looked like before and the details on the makeover here –> China Cabinet and Dining Table Re-do

And I may just use the pretty centerpiece on my kitchen island too…..

Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape - in the kitchen - artsychicksrule #falldecor #falltablescape #coastaldecor

So there you have it.
Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape and decor on a BUDGET.

I used a bit of what I had, a few “new” things from the thrift store, AND a few 50% off items retail.
Simple and elegant and easy on the pocket. :)

I’ll see y’all later this week with a brand new furniture makeover ….. “French” themed.
Hint…it’s got something “French” on it and it’s blue! (what else? but probably not the blue shade you are thinking. )

Don’t forget to check out “mantels” from yesterday’s tour and the rest of the tablescapes from today’s tour.
***links to each are below.
AND be sure to check back Wednesday and Thursday to get even more Fall ideas and inspiration.


Monday – Mantels

Postcards from the Ridge | All Things Heart and Home

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Domestically Speaking

Prodigal Pieces | Housepitality Designs

Mad In Crafts | My Creative Days

Fall Mantel Ideas - artsychicksrule

Tuesday – Tablescapes

Refresh Restyle | 2 Bees in a Pod

Fox Hollow Cottage | Artsy Chicks Rule

Our Southern Home | Restoration Redoux

Savvy Southern Style | Atta Girl Says

Fall Tablescape Ideas - artsychicksrule


H2OBungalow | Cottage at the Crossroads

Today’s Creative Life | Dukes and Duchesses

Hunt & Host | The Interior Frugalista

Sweet Pea | Petticoat Junktion

Fall Wreath Ideas - artsychicksrule


At the Picket Fence

Town and Country Living | Cupcakes and Crinoline

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | So Much Better With Age

Art is Beauty | AKA Design


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  1. Love your neutral color palette, Nancy, and your cost-effective decor. So absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  2. Nancy,
    I’m also not anxious to rush the fall decorating…I really love this color palette, especially since I live by a coast! What I enjoyed most however, is the spray painting of the chargers! I picked up a bunch at Target a couple of years ago on clearance and I never thought of spraying them to have more matching colors! Great idea, thanks!!

    1. Hi Kathy!!
      Yes, you had the beautiful cup and saucer collection on IG! :)
      And oh yay, yes, go spray and enjoy them! Spray paint works wonders! ;)
      Hope you have a great weekend!!

    1. Aw thanks Debbie! I’m really (really!) loving Copper. I wonder what else I can spray! ;)
      And I’d LOVE to have you over!!

  3. Blue, cream, and copper look pretty for fall! Your table looks so inviting, I hope that you can either have a nice family dinner to enjoy it or invite some friends over. It’s too pretty not to show it off!

    1. I’m soo enjoying it Paula! These colors are just so much more “me”! :)
      I’d love to show it off but never have time to entertain!! lol
      Maybe I’ll do it again for the holidays when I have everyone over.

    1. Thank you Kim! :) I’m really loving it too!
      I know, it’s actually hard to believe all of that was so bright and orange!

  4. Your table looks beautiful. I have to say that the ads are making it too difficult to look at your blog. It’s very annoying with all the ads.

    1. Thank you Sandy! I’m so sorry about the ads though! I did inquire about them and some of them should be gone after Sunday.
      Thank you for the feedback. :)

  5. Such a beautiful table! You really created an elegant Fall look with all of the metallics! I have pinned this and will be sharing it over at FB and Twitter. I would be so honored if you would stop by and share this over at Celebrate it Sunday. The party opens at 8 PM EST on Saturday and closes on the following Friday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I’m loving the copper and blues. Beautiful. I’m new to your blog and I just subscribed. Love your inspiring ideas. Where did you get your drapes in the dining room and what paint colors did you use? Please? My husband just painted ours a gray and we must redo. It looks purple. Yikes. Not what I was hoping for. Grays are so hard.

    1. Hi Carol! :)
      Yay! I’m so happy to have you here! :)
      I’m loving a change in traditional colors this year too! The drapes in the Dining Room came from Kohls. They are BEAUTIFUL! I just love them. I don’t remember what they were called (and just tried to look online to find them but couldn’t) I’ll be posting about the Dining Room makeover soon and I’ll pop back into the store and find the info and share in that post. :)
      BUT I can tell you, they are aqua/teal colored and have a beautiful silver star type pattern on them.
      The paint is by Sherwin Williams and is called Navajo White SW6126 (I halved it by 50% with White for the Dining Room though) I have the regular full strength Navajo in my Study (the room adjacent to the D.R)
      It does have more of a warm base though. I always say it reminds me of white beach sand. :)

  7. I’m with you, Nancy… LOVE the copper mixed in with the blue and cream. So, so pretty! Turned out to be a really gorgeous tablescape…. and not expensive! That always makes it extra special! :) xo

    1. Oh haha! Been there! ;) Just try to do thin, light, even coats (at a distance). Then once that’s dry, go again until you have the coverage you want. I’m impatient so it’s hard for me sometimes!!

  8. LOVE this, Nancy! So pretty, and coastal with a bit of elegance (copper is so good for that). Works so well together!

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