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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. We need to be patient. The date was given as "on or about August 20th" . There were many more entrants than anyone expected so if they could not contact the first winner there may be a time period before they can go on to the next and so on. They will post it soon I am sure. Meanwhile we can all be on pins and needles waiting for the news for a little while longer. I keep checking my email but so far nothing! LOL

    grammagail on August 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm
    • SID, Is that the way they contacted you, by e-mail?

      Lindingo on August 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    • Oh yeah! It felt so special recieving a personal email from our dear Mary!xD

      SID on August 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Hi Gail, I've missed the regular bloggers so much with the blog comments closed! Then I come here and find you've all been hanging out right here!:$ DUH, I should have tried checking older blog entries sooner! Nice to see most of my buddies are still here. It was so hard finding every one on the old "megga post" bedding entry site. I wonder who the lucky winner of that beautiful bedding prize was. They've probably already received Mary's email. Mary should be announcing the name any moment now. Good luck everyone!<3<3<3

      SID on August 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    • Yea the last thread was kinda like being in time square on New Years Eve.

      540sam on August 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    • Sam, I agree, although I've never been there – but I did feel crushed and overwhelmed. I didn't know that kind of response was possible!
      And, so we wait . . .

      Wind Chime Girl on August 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    • If I read the rules correctly they allow the winner three days to acknowledge their email notification and five days from receiving the email to sign and return the necessary forms and releases. If the first winner did not respond in three days they would have to choose another and the three day wait begins again and possibly five days before they can legally announce the winner. And that is only if the second winner drawn responds. If not then add three to five days more, etc. It could be a while folks!

      grammagail on August 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm
  2. Very creative. This is my favorite furniture piece in the home. This table would be fun to create regardless where one may live and and geographical items can be used to make a theme. Thanks DIY for the idea. When enjoying a meal at this table, it will never be a dull meal!

    lovthesea on August 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm
  3. Good morning fellow Bloggers ! Is anyone having trouble with their entry to win our Blog Cabin ENTERING ? I have the info. that comes -up but will not enter ! Help , Please ! !
    Thanks to all , Nan <3 <3<3<3<3<3<3 ;) Appreciate any help , Thanks and to DIY if the problem is there.

    Nan on August 22, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • At the top of this page did you hold the mouse on the word sweepstakes and wait for the menus to drop down that says Main, Entry Form, Rules etc and click on entry form?

      540sam on August 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    • Yes, I am getting an error message and I tried many times

      Lfinicle on August 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    • You're not alone Nan….I tried early this morning and again now on my lunch break and I am unable to enter the sweepstakes. When I click the bottom of the page to enter instead of getting the message that my entry was received I end up opening the Cooking Channel website. I've tried several times with the same results.

      PLEASE HELP US!!!!!

      JanetNY on August 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    • I don't understand, I just did as I described above and got in just fine.

      540sam on August 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • Glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem today…

      Moving2theCoast on August 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • Hi Nan, I didn't have any trouble with HGremodel, but with the diy I have tried all day and haven't been able to get entered.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    • Hello everyone. Got on here a short while ago and was able to enter immediately. No problem with either site. Did everything as I usually do each day. Wish everyone the very best as we all try to be the very fortunate winner of " our 2013 Blog Cabin ". ;) <3 Now, I am anxious to see the winner of the Bedding ensemble. Then, on to the next Gimmie give away and the hint (?) about the 2014 Blog Cabin.
      I too would love to have the sign that Matt does for that give away. Great keepsake ! Just thinking how nice it would be to have in the Blog Cabin home if I am sooooo fortunate to win. OK, so yes, I am still dreaming. Hope the evening is restful and send my best to all. Nan ;) <3 ;) <3 ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on August 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  4. Hi Mary, I get HGTV, but not DIY so I apologize if this question has been answered on DIY episodes. I know BC was raised to current flood regulations and re-graded not to appear to be on stilts. What an aesthetic solution! I think I read that is was built to withstand 130 mph hurricane winds. My question is, does this include shatterproof glass to 130 mph winds? Can the window glass sustain higher than 130 mph winds without needing shutters or board up?

    ChicagoBirder on August 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    • It does not appear to be on stilts because it is not on stilts. It is built on a standard foundation which is higher than the original foundation.

      Ishmael on August 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • The roof shingles are rated to 130mph winds (the top of the category-2 strength hurricane speeds).

      The windows are standard grade from Window World, nothing was said about them being toughened. The 2011 Blog Cabin in Matthews did have hurricane reinforced windows that came from a specialist company. Not so this house I believe as Window World do't make that sort of specialist window. You could look at their website for more specifications on their windows. :)

      Clive on August 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    • The roof shingles are rated to 130mph winds (just below hurricane force 3) but the windows are standard double glazed. They're from Window World who don't make specialist toughened windows. The 2011 cabin had specialist toughened, hurricane resistant glass and frames in the windows. :)

      Clive on August 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  5. Ishmael, thank you. I goofed. I remember that it was raised 3' and graded 18" of the 3' to better conform to the landscape and not appear so high, but I missed the foundation details.

    ChicagoBirder on August 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm
  6. I hope everything is alright with everyone at DIY.

    Wind Chime Girl on August 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm
  7. I had the same trouble this morning, with the sweepstakes page not working. Now, it appears to be working just fine, like normal. Good luck with everyone. Just a temporary problem, I am guessing.

    Buider on August 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  8. My guess is it's not a regular blogger who won or they would have told us by now. :)

    Sally on August 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  9. On DIY's face book page it says the Sweeps has been down today, but is up and running now. But gave a different addy .

    vicki_in_Utah on August 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm
  10. Yeah….new thread!!!

    Jennie/Florida on August 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

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