DIY Wooden Table Numbers Finished 3… and our wedding centerpiece quest continues! You may remember that we’ve (and by we, I mainly mean Jeff) worked on a few other DIY projects for our centerpieces, which I shared here and here. Well, this past weekend, we started and finished another element of the multi-part centerpieces!

I think Jeff curses my name every time I give him an idea for another project, but I’d like to state for the record that I personally blame Pinterest.

I’m assuming the title kind of gave it away, but in case it didn’t, I thought I’d let you in on the juicy details of our weekend spent working on table numbers. I know, I know the content couldn’t get any more riveting if we tried.

But hey, I’m certain there’s someone out there interested in the play-by-play, so here’s the DIY scoop (mainly written by Jeff, of course):

Just looking for the recipe for stain? Skip to step 5! DIY Wooden Table Numbers1. We purchased 1/4″ x 6″ (48″ long) oak project boards from Home Depot (our home away from home) and cut to desired size. In our case, we cut each of the 48″ long board into 16 three inch strips, then cut an inch and a half of each one to end up with each piece being 3″x 4″.

2. We found an oak dowel the size we thought would would work best. We went with 1/4″ and cut to length. Since the table numbers will be going in empty wine bottles (and you were wondering what my contribution was in all of this. well, the wine wasn’t going to drink itself. 🙂 ), we used a bottle to measure about 1″ above the opening of the bottle.  

3. Once we cut the dowels to length, we notched one end of each dowel to half the diameter starting at a 1/2″ from the end. This allows the number panel to fit against a flat portion of the round dowel, making the gluing easier.

4. Using sand paper, we lightly sanded the edges of the boards to clean them and prepare for staining. 

*Sidenote: We’re about halfway through this process, and looking at all of these photos of my main man “working for the weekend” (err, I mean wedding), reminds me how ridiculously lucky I am to have him. Just throwing that out there. Continue on. 

5. We made our own stain using vinegar and steel wool. Just living the organic dream over here. DIY Stain RecipeWhile there are plenty of recipes and tips out there, we went with this popular method for creating a instant weathered look to wood. To make it yourself, take a mason jar and put in one piece of steel wool (we used 00 grade), fill halfway with apple cider vinegar and let it sit overnight. We tested it at this point and found it turned the oak to a weathered gray, but we wanted something darker. Thus, we added two black tea bags to the jar, and again let it set overnight. The next day, we removed the tea bags and the remnants of the steel wool and filled the rest of the jar with water. DIY Wooden Table Numbers Part 26. We applied stain to the wood as you would any stain. It goes on clear but the vinegar/steel wool solution will cause a reaction with the tannin’s in the oak to change its color. We found that the more red the oak the darker the stain turned, and the whiter the oak the more gray it ended up.

7. Once the stain was dry, we hot glued the dowels on the boards.

8. Finally, we painted numbers on the boards using a stencil. 

Lastly – this is optional – we put on a quick spray of a matte finish clear coat to help protect things and prevent the stain from bleeding out overtime.

And before we knew it, we were all done! DIY Wooden Table Numbers Finished 2 DIY Wooden Table Numbers FinishedIf you want try this at home and have any questions, let us know.

After the wedding, check back here for photos of what I hope showcase just how all our DIY centerpieces finally came together. If they don’t come together, there might just be photos of me crying. 🙂


4 Comments on DIY Wood Table Numbers (+ a recipe for a homemade wood stain)…

  1. Contessa
    August 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m getting so many good ideas from your blog! These look great!

    • Anamarie
      August 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! After our wedding, feel free to steal whatever you like. I don’t think we’re going to need to keep 34 table numbers!

  2. Grace Spainhour
    August 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

    We used a similar solution for our coffee & side table too. It was neat to watch the reaction change the color right? I was definitely amazed (:. Love the way the numbers turned out! Can’t wait to see all of your DIY stuff put together on the big day.

    • Anamarie
      August 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

      I can’t wait to see your coffee and side table. Are you going to share it on your blog?

      I’m loving the way the stain turned out!


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