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An Entryway Table: A Little Unwanted Table Goes a Long Way

An Entryway Table: A Little Unwanted Table Goes a Long Way

Everyone has that funky room.  The room that just needs something, but you don’t quite know what it needs.  For me, that room was my foyer.  Being the very first room anyone saw, I HATED that I didn’t so much as even “like” it.  It felt bare…cold…sparse.  The room’s shape didn’t necessarily allow for a ton of furniture, but was just big enough to desperately need it.  I honestly had no clue what to do with it.  I began thinking I wanted some type of entry table for it-something to break the room up.

One day, I was searching for dressers at ReStore, when I stumbled upon an interesting little table.  It had a quirky little octagon shape…yet the size was perfect for my spot.  It had beautiful, ornate, carved detail…but it was hard to notice that due to the ugly finish.  I knew that with a coat of white paint and a little distressing, it would be just what I needed.  I brought it home and made sure it would fit the room before I painted it (at $25, I decided to chance it.)  It was a perfect fit. (See?  Even Cody approved.)

table before


I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. The finish began to bleed into my paint, leaving a yellowish discoloration to the white. I had to start over, sealing it with Minwax PolyAcrylic finish to prevent the bleeding. After letting it dry, I painted it again with the Pure White Chalk Paint, this time achieving the clean white paint I was going for.  I distressed it and finished with three coats of clear wax.


I decided it was the perfect spot for this antique NYC Coal Bucket I scored at a local thrift shop. I put a small topiary in it and it was exactly what I imagined.



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