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Aug 5

Behind the Scenes: The Sand- and Seashell-Filled Table

Today, project manager Dylan Eastman shares the special experience of designing and sourcing material for that amazing dining room table. As of today, it’s the most pinned of our virtual tour images on Pinterest. You certainly do love it, as do we! See the dining table in our great room virtual tour and see the exclusive how-to project here.

In designing the kitchen table, I wanted to use reclaimed wood to counter some of the more refined elements in the front rooms. I also wanted to add color without relying heavily on place setting and flowers. With the coastal setting of this year’s house, I knew a beach motif (done right) would accent the wood while giving an additional dimension to the table. So I went on the hunt for local sea glass and shells.

Blog Cabin 2013 Seashell Dining Table

On the drive to Harker’s Island, I discovered a place call Captain Blaine’s, a store that sells fresh seafood and local crafts. The owner walks the beach regularly to collect shells and sea glass (which she sorts by color) to sell in the shop. I carefully picked through her inventory of beach treasures, looking for just the right colors and textures. Portions of bottles with imprinted text were saved. Remnants of old decorative glass windows were culled. Then I mixed in pearlescent sea scallops, iridescent witch’s nails and purple wampum to accent the glass.

After making my purchase, we chatted at length about the island and the origin of the glass and shells. Originally home to the Coree native American tribe, Harker’s Island attracted residents through the colonial period. In the late 1800s, hurricanes drove even more residents to the island from the storm-devastated outer banks. Until 1941, the only way on or off the island was by boat or ferry — it was not uncommon for residents to cast household debris (back then, mostly wood-, porcelain- or glass-based) into the sound. I figured that most of the sea glass I selected was between 70 and 100 years old.

During the table build, sand from our beach on the Core Sound was laid out to dry under the cabin cam. LEDs were run around the interior perimeter of the table to give a 21st-century accent. Then show host Chris Grundy and Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria carefully completed the beach motif by placing each piece of glass or shell in its perfect location. A signed message in a bottle was even left for the future winner of this home. Finally, a piece of clear glass was set over the motif to complete the top. In the end, this table represents the history of our house, the history of the coast and a modern take on upcycling.

  • Posted at 11:14 am on August 8, 2013
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  1. Hi Gail, great to see you ^_^ Sounds like you had a great time on your adventure in the mountains, I bet those mountains in Maine are just Beautiful…Has your Summer come to an end?? Gee I bet pretty soon your Maple trees will start turning and you will start getting your cooler weather…It's nice to talk about it because with our weather of 90+ temps, talking about your weather cools me down a little just thinking about it…LOL
    I remember when we were at the Farmhouse in Waldoboro, we were so thrilled to see the changes in the weather and loved it when in September the Maples were changing around the Old Red Barn…I think Maine is a beautiful State and Sad to know our Farmhouse is sitting empty and no one seems to want it….They made bad decisions concerning the first floor bathrooms with only one in the Master and chose not to put a Powder room on the first floor…Don't understand the mindset on that one..o.0:( too bad for the Winner who wants to sell…She has lowered the price again, she is asking $575 for it now…I wish her luck!!
    Well anyway, glad to see you and wish you the best in winning the Cottage on the water^_^:)

    Jennie/Florida on August 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
  2. Oh my!! How beautiful!! Fantastic job!!

    tootie31 on August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  3. Had to come back over to this side to comment what a great job DIY has done,the BC is a home run,well done.The other blog lasted to 67 pages,I finally couldn't keep up after page 3.

    TonyE on August 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    • Hi Tony, I hope the next G/G Giveaway will be a little less popular…Since it's a Sign done by a Crasher and not something domestic to decorate a Blogger's home, maybe the Giveaway thread will be less evasive! :) ^_^B) Even though, I would Love to have Matt Blashaw's design board, framed and signed by Matt…A great
      memento of Matt and his time at the Cottage..He did a great job on the outdoor kitchen and O/D Shower ^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    • PS, Would like to add, I think this Cottage is the most Beautiful BC yet…It has History, Style, Comfort, and warmth, with a great foundation. It sits on a Beautiful piece of landscape with gorgeous Views :) B)<3
      If you are entering to win, I wish you the best Tony…^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    • I agree Jennie, This one is by far my favorite. Last years I was not a fan of. If they would of had a powder room on the main floor, and done something with the barn so you could put a car in it, since there was no garage. and lots more I didn't care for. But love this one.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm
  4. Loved the Mega Den show tonight. Now that I see how big the den is. It would be easy to add some roll a way beds by the bunk beds for more guests. Loved that they used so much from the original home. Hope it is all ok there, Looking at the weather channel it shows lots of storms on the NC coast.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    • Can't wait to see the episode with Mega Dens. DVR because daughters had shows they wanted to watch. Hope you are correct Vicki about the size.
      Also praying the weather is not too bad!

      MichaelG60 on August 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm
  5. Superb idea, Mr. Eastman. Ultimate recycling into a gorgeous dining table!

    MichaelG60 on August 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm
  6. I came back here to see if anyone was posting and you are! But, I have to ask – does anyone who has seen the kitchen BC show have any issues with the lead-in to this thread? Dylan Eastman is taking credit for the dining table; but the show on DIY showed Chris & Alison designing & building the table AND going to buy the glass and shells for the sand display. I think there is a discrepancy here ??
    Am I the only one to notice this?

    Wind Chime Girl on August 20, 2013 at 5:28 am
    • I was wondering about that too WCG, maybe Dylan found the place to buy the glass, and it was his idea to have them build the table? That's all I could come up with.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 20, 2013 at 8:37 am
    • Maybe so.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm
    • Uh- oh, cat's out of the bag. I don't think Dylan is supposed to get credit or air time for this type of thing, but i'm pretty sure those are male hands holding all the goodies in a shell.

      540sam on August 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm
    • I couldn't tell, I suppose anyone could be holding them for the photo?

      Wind Chime Girl on August 20, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    • Not really. It's certainly neither Chris or Alison. ;)

      Dylan was the head honcho of the build but he's not an actor or presenter, he probably doesn't have a union card so can't speak on the TV shows the same as the Crashers. My guess is that the show took some license and it really doesn't matter too much. They're all working to a script of sorts. They're good at making it look spontaneous and 'real', that's why it's called 'Reality TV' but we all know there's a script and a plan. It's a very well coordinated show and must keep to a framework set by the directors otherwise it would be chaos.:)

      Sally on August 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm
    • Sally, I meant that "anyone on the crew" could have been holding the display, it's no big deal, just a little something I noticed.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    • well, guess you don't need glasses
      Dylan trying to pass for two lasses?

      Side note: Sandy LA would Love it if you sent her the link to abbreviations!

      COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • Ha, funny!
      – Do you mean the "text speak" links? I don't think I know Sandy LA. If that's what you are referring to, I can post them here in a reply to you and maybe you can get them to her?

      Wind Chime Girl on August 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm
    • Sure, just a fellow blogger, might even be a him, don't know but that will work!

      COOLSMILEY on August 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm
    • Ok, here you go, I have 2 so I hope they go thru.
      Both have some "blue" language in them, I forgot to give that disclaimer before.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  7. I caught that, but figured they have reasons for everything they do, maybe as you say it was Dylans' idea with the glass and Chris and Alison did the design and building of the table.

    nanwes on August 20, 2013 at 11:18 am
    • Hi, Nanwes, like I told Sally in her reply to my above comment, I was just making an observation. Since I was back for a few days and NOTHING was going on, I made a comment out of boredom.
      And NOTHING is still going on. I guess Scripps was WAY(!) overwhelmed with all the entries. Even though I'm new to all this, I was thinking that pages and pages of entries is considerably out of the norm, then I saw later comments attesting to that. So 67 pages is exceptional.
      I'm not looking to win the BR ensemble, I am looking to see who did win! And I'm looking forward to a new thread. So, thrump, thrump, thrump – that's my fingers on a table. Ha!

      Wind Chime Girl on August 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  8. WOW it was awesome to see all the potential bloggers who have been hiding in the background come forward! Hey guys don't be shy! Love to hear your ideas and talk with ya! See it was not that difficult now was it. Hope all the newbies continue to participate and share their ideas and comments. Helps keep the blog alive and fresh. Mary please give them more encouragement! Hokiemom

    Ashtabulannie on August 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    • Hey annie, haven't seen you or any of the 'old bloggies', do you think we'll be hearing anything today about the bedding contest?:D

      nanwes on August 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • nanwes, I think some people may grabbing the last bit of summer vacation before all the kiddies return to school. I know it is possible to program your blog postings to appear at a designated time. So maybe this evening??? Hope it was not me. I didn't realize that by posting on the blog that you would be entered in the contest! I just completely redid our bedroom linens, pillows, curtains etc. and would love to donate the diy stuff to a local woman's shelter. But hope another wins and enjoys the loot!!!

      Ashtabulannie on August 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    • Well, I figure if I were fortunate enough to win it I could give my current set to a local shelter, I'd definitely use the one from the blog cabin MBR.:D:*

      nanwes on August 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    • Hi Hokiemom AKA Ashtabulannie AKA Annie, I'm with you on not wanting to win, for the exact same reason. There are many entrants who would love to win this contest so I did a disclaimer on my entry (really I did – on page 6) – I just wanted to give my opinion. And I gave only 1, so my chances of winning are exactly nil.
      I just want to see who did win. And so we wait. . . .

      Wind Chime Girl on August 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  9. Hello Builder ! Thank you so much for the formula. You are so very kind to share. So glad the Linseed oil comes that way . Could not see myself boiling it. My table is about 47 years old. I used to apply a ready can of stain " preserver", poor English, sorry. Have not done anything for many years , and I need to save it. Not sure of wood type but it is very heavy. Was told it was Redwood when it was bought new, but I don't really know. Thinking about having my son do this for me as soon as he can. Wanted to be sure you found my Thank you, Builder and for your kindness. my very best, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3 ;) <3 ;) <
    Thank you DIY for giving us this way to share.

    Nan on August 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm
  10. Dear Mary, Have you forgotten Your devoted and dedicated Bloggers..Today is August 20th and We have
    been patiently waiting all day to hear who the Lucky Winner is that won the beautiful Comforter Set…We are anxious to know…..I hope it is one of our regular bloggers that really wanted and needed the Set…Please give us something, we will have to wait til Friday for the next G/G Giveaway….Thank you Mary and all, for giving us this opportunity to win something from the Blog Cabin..A memento to cherish of this Beautiful Cottage on the water^_^B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on August 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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