Monday, January 12, 2015

Weddings... Guest Book Idea!

If you've looked at the wedding category on Pinterest, I'm sure you've seen the creative guest book idea of having guests sign a wooden log.  We're big tree lovers and road trip takers, and one of our first road trips was to Sequoia National Forest, so we wanted our guest table to pay homage to this love of road trips wrapped in nature in one really big tree log.

One of Dustin's groomsmen cut the tree slice from an old tree stump in his backyard.  Doesn't sound too bad, but it took a long time because this bad boy is HUGE!  The tree slice measures over two feet long, 20 inches wide and almost three inches thick.  Kudos to Francisco for cutting and providing our guest log.  Once we had the slice, Dustin sanded it like crazy, then stained it with a very light stain and lacquered it for a glossy look.

Many people didn't understand why or what we would do with it afterwards, but that's what this post is all about.  What to do with your guest log after the wedding.

First, here's the guest table...

The magnet board featured some Instagram size pictures from our adventures together.  I made the little banners with some of my bridesmaids cutting them out of cardstock.  The "holla" sign is from Oh Dier Living on Etsy.  They didn't have our color as an option for paint but in conversations, they actually had a color previously used on another project that matched ours perfectly.  Never be afraid to ask for what you want!

Here's a portion of the log!

Now for the good stuff.  We didn't want to mount the log because truth be told, it might bring our walls down it's so heavy.  We could display it on an easel, but we really don't have room for that and wanted to lift it off the floor.  Sooo, we wanted to make it a cute feature table.  

We asked for hairpin legs for Christmas and we got them!

The "guest log" in all its glory...

 Flipped over and the drilling starts...

The log isn't even on the bottom, so we had to find the flattest areas and make sure it could stand up.  So we didn't end up using the 4th leg but might add it for aesthetic reasons.

I can't wait till we have a house and a proper place to put this guy.  It turned out so neat!


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