When you take all your furniture out of your house for some reason and see it someplace else, you look at it through new eyes. When the new floor went in, I had to move everything out of half my house and put it in the garage. As I started to put it back, it was impossible not to see my furniture differently. Actually, I take that back. It was probably more like I was finally seeing some of my furniture and it was just white noise before.
So as I’m taking furniture back in, I see how something isn’t necessarily working anymore or needs to be freshened up. In other words, I started painting furniture.
It started with this little table. It badly needed to be repaired but I saw the scuffs and scratches that I had stopped seeing before. When I had it on the table to repair, I impulsively decided to throw a coat of paint on it. It isn’t a precious table so painting the wood wasn’t going to reduce the value of this table. In fact, I may have pulled it out of the garbage. I used to work at a consignment furniture store and got more than a few pieces that way.
I think this is actually a Franken-table. The feet clearly are not original to the spindles which are clearly not original to the marble top. But someone put it together and it is actually the perfect size table to have next to a couch. It is a little tall so your elbow won’t hit your mug of tea and knock it
into your knitting bag all over. Plus, the marble surface doesn’t require a coaster. So I actually love the practical nature of this table, even if isn’t the greatest looking piece.
However, a quick coat of blue paint, and it’s looking better already! This is like the equivalent of a furniture face lift. It really did lose years off its age.
The color is Sherwin William’s Breezy which was a sample pot I had while agonizing over the future color of the kitchen.
It ended up much lighter than I had intended but I like it. It took me forever to do this because I would go out, see some spots I missed, do some touch ups and let it dry. But I was in no hurry to get it in so the timing worked for me. This weekend I felt like I had finally finished the painting. I might go back and put a top coat on to shine it up a little or I might just leave it until whimsy dictates it gets painted a different color.
Here she is in action. Please disregard the terrible looking door next to her. That is the door out to the garage and there is a LOT of prep work going on before I can paint it and the trim. I think I’m finally down to the task of removing the door, sanding, and filling before I paint it. When that door and trim are done, this little vignette will look even better!
I needed a higher lamp in that spot because a normal height lamp puts the shade right at the light switch which is annoying and looks funny. The little wooden table next to the painted one was a wedding gift to my step-father and his first wife. I love that little table. I rescued it and won’t give it up. Oddly, I really like it paired with the prim little blue table. But I’m all about contrast. Chocolate and cheese. Yum.
The table needed a little something so I put one of my African violets on it. These little violets do great with artificial light and since this room is SO dim, this lamp is one pretty much all day. The violet should do fine and I LOVE the little pop of color with the red as well as the round shape paired with the spindly-ness of the table and the lamp. Contrast. It makes me happy.
The other furniture I painted was another little table. I took before pictures but, for some reason, the camera didn’t save the pictures. Jerk. Just picture a cherry-finish table from Target. Nothing fancy or special. It was just a handy little side table. It still looked good but I wanted a change. I have a lot of dark furniture and I’d like to lighten it up a bit. I didn’t have any real plan for this so I just slapped a couple coats of Sherwin Williams Casa Blanche on it. Another sample pot.
I have set up some of my Halloween stuff. The black blob on the far right is a plastic cauldron. Normally, this holds the candy for Halloween night (I get a lot of trick or treaters) but I put it on the floor thinking Scarlet Kitty might enjoy jumping in and out of it. She loves it. She is in it all the time. This is the best picture I could get of it.
I don’t have a pull on the drawer yet. I have one that I think will be pretty here, just a plain cream colored one. I haven’t been able to find it. I suspect it is in the epic linen closet mess.
I’m pleased with both these little projects. They were easy to do, I didn’t have to buy anything new and they change things up a little which is what I think I need to do.
I have plenty more sample paint pots so hang on to your hats while I figure out what else I can paint. (TV stand I’m looking at you!)