12.15.2009

My Henry-Proof Christmas Tree Table

You all are very nice. I am still digging my way out of the drywall dust in my house, but luckily I don't feel stressed because of my lack of posts, because you understand! Plus, you are all probably too busy getting ready for Christmas to care what is going on in my house!

Here's a little project I managed to sneak in out of necessity. You may know that I have an almost-11-month-old son named Henry. He's crawling everywhere, and eating everything! When we thought about putting up a Christmas tree this year, all we could envision was digging glass ornament shards out of his little mouth. So, we improvised!

This table has been sitting in our basement, gathering junk. It originally had the same ugly legs as this table, which I renovated back in the summer.

As you can see, my accommodating husband changed out the legs for me. (The above photo is after the legs had already been replaced. And just in case you are curious, we bought the legs at Home Depot!)
I started by painting the table an antique white (Behr's "Country Dairy" in an eggshell finish). It took about four coats because I was impatient and neglected a primer coat. (Nothing new there!) Then I sanded the edges a bit and added a little knob. I love how it turned out!

I also love that I don't have to worry about Henry eating pine needles all month. Happy Holidays to all! :)


27 comments:

Nikki said...

What a great idea with a little one. I'll have to remember this next year when we "Henry proof" for Christmas.

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...
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Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

I'm a big fan of the flying Santa in the last photo. :) Looks fabulous!

Courtney said...

It looks wonderful. I can't believe he 11 months already, in my mind he is about 5 months. Time flies!

Courtney said...

It looks wonderful. I can't believe he 11 months already, in my mind he is about 5 months. Time flies!

Kate Starr said...

Adorable, perfect little home for that little table! And, it's relatively easy to sweep around... woo hoo!

Darlene said...

That looks BEAUTIFUL and I can't even believe Henry is almost a year old!!

The Whispering Creek House said...

There ya go! Well done!!

Kelli said...

It looks so nice. I may have to remember that color when we repaint our cabinets. We had a table top tree for years.

Angie said...

What a great idea! I LOVE the color of your table!

Jodee Leader said...

That table turned out sooo cute! It's just perfect for your tree!

Hope you have a great Christmas!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Perfect, Carrie!!! That is a great idea...much better than eating pine needles!!!

Jboo said...

So cute!! That turned out great!! Aren't you going to have a fun holiday with Nina and little Henry! Have a good one!

Janet

Lisa & Gerald said...

Beautiful...What a great idea...I can't belive he's almost 1..Where did the time go?

Carmen said...

Looks great! I love your cute tree skirt.

jennykate77 said...

It looks great and is such a good idea for keeping little hands out of the tree! :) Your tree looks beautiful!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

The table looks great!!

11 months old already??? That went so fast.....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your precious family!

xo,

Lisa

Catherine said...

I love it! And of course, there's also more room for presents underneath the table!

We have a 4 year old, a 3 year old, and an 18 month-er, so I *totally* understand. This was the first year we put up a real tree - I've always done a table-top version. I just kept the first few feet of the big tree decorated with non-breakable stuff and put no glass ornaments at all, just in case.

Merry Christmas! :)

Tasha said...

Love it! ANd love that you have the tree up so no worrying about little hands trying to grab it! Smart.

Lisa-Marie said...

Clearly, you are more dedicated than I. Ours is atop two packing boxes with a red fleece blanket thrown over it.

All Things Cherish said...

Great use of the table, love it!

Gail @ Black Copper DIY said...

I did the same thing last year when my son was 14 months old. Well, okay, I didn't use a fabulously revamped little table -- I used a rubbermaid storage tote draped with a soft green chenille throw.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Great solution...the Christmas tree is always a challenge with little munchkins around.

Richella said...

"Henry-proof." I love that. You came up with a great solution!

Jennifer said...

Your Henry-proofin' looks great! What a cute solution!! :)

Jessica said...

It looks great, Carrie! I do love the knob as well. Well done...again!

montreal florist said...

Wow!! what a lovely ideas! Great!