Table, lights and Silent Night

Last weekend before the holiday!  I love holiday lights and we took my parents around to look in the neighborhoods.  We saw an article about a house with a massive display and headed over to see it.  They weren’t kidding!


 It was interactive with lights set to music and displays that you push buttons on to make things happen.  It went around the side of the house, too. Crazy!


I couldn’t get my camera to focus on the lights for whatever reason, but it came out kind of cool looking.

My momma at one end of a tunnel:


John on the other end:


It was pretty fun. Luckily it wasn’t super cold to be out exploring.


On other news – we finished the table!  Those of you on Facebook saw this already.  We made it just in time to host Christmas Eve dinner 😀 


It’s definitely not perfect.  The panels are a not flush to the rest of the table in some spots. Not totally sure why that is, but I think some is warpy wood and of course, the skill level of the assemblers.

This was the inspiration table from Restoration Hardware:


On sale for $1045 – $1185  – with delivery fee of $250.

Cost of our table?  $250 – and that was with buying the Kreg jig, too!  I thought our current chairs were going to look terrible, but they actually don’t look too bad.  We used this plan to build the table.


We should fit 8 around this pretty easily. Hopefully it won’t fall apart on Christmas Eve 😀

Here is a little Christmas festiveness for you.  I wanted to post a guitar video and finally got this one done.  10 takes later 😀  This is an arrangement of Silent Night.

Sorry that you can hear the furnace blowing in the background, but it was the best take LOL! Enjoy!

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23 thoughts on “Table, lights and Silent Night

  1. E. Jane

    Thanks for sharing the photos of the beautiful lights and the guitar solo. It was lovely. Also, thanks for sharing all you do during the year. You are one of my favorite bloggers. Blessings and peace in the new year!

  2. Biz

    Wow, look at all those lights! And guess what? I love your table 10x better than the Restoration Hardware one – you guys should be so proud of yourself. And my FB offer stands – come build me one and I’ll feed you! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Ugly Sweater and Snowmen!

  3. Shelley B

    I think the inspiration table looks nice, but yours is much more interesting! Very nice job making that!

    I’m always impressed when people put so much into Christmas lights. I like to look at them, but don’t want to be bothered with putting them up. Luckily Jeff does that for us, although this year has been really busy and they aren’t up yet. Might not happen, and I’m OK with that.

    Lovely guitar solo! You are so talented!
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Friday Mishmash

  4. debby

    Well, as you know, I love your table. I love pretty wood, and I think its really really beautiful they way you chose to stain the wood.

    And every time I see you play the guitar I am impressed. Because I really tried to learn, but my hands just wouldn’t reach all the strings. I like the way you play it and the sound you get out of it. (I didn’t hear the furnace at all)
    debby´s last blog post ..Recipe Review: Darn Good Spaghetti Sauce

    1. Lori Post author

      You just need to find the right size guitar for you. There are different neck sizes to make it easier to get your fingers across.

  5. Lynn

    That was simply lovely. My very favorite Christmas song…happy tears at 8 a.m.!

    Of course my first thought upon seeing that light display was, “I wonder what their electric bill is!”

    Merry Christmas, my friend.
    Lynn´s last blog post ..The More Things Change…

  6. Helen

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous table!

    Those lights make our simple string of snowflakes around the porch and 2 lighted reindeer in the front yard look abolutely pitiful!

    There seems to be less lights around here and I’m wondering if it’s because of the shorter Christmas season.

  7. Fran

    I love your table! R. thought you bought it and restored it, he couldn’t almost believe you and John made that from scratch.

    I have to say: that house? Ugly, ugly, ugly not to mention the waste of energy 🙂 I love holiday lights on houses but this is way too much for my taste.

    Great playing my friend.

    I wish you and John a very happy and merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones!
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday December 23, 2013: Goals 2014

  8. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Wow… I feel dumb, for some reason I thought the table you were making was more of a coffee table then an actual table – it looks marvelous! I just love it and it looks great with those chairs!!

    I love the lights! We don’t have any around here that set to music but we’re going to drive around tomorrow night and look at some fancy houses. 🙂
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..The Weather Outside was Frightful


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