There are moments in my attempt to decorate our house that my old English teacher personality kicks in.
It probably has something to do with being raised by a librarian who passed down her love of literature to me. There are two things that I always find myself circling back to when I envision our home: lots of old, worn out but well-loved books and vintage card catalogs.
My mom has told me several times that a few old card catalogs sat completely unused as dust-collectors in her library for years before they were finally hauled away to goodness knows where. If she could have forseen my infatuation with them, she probably would have saved one for me. I love my mommy. 🙂 But since the card catalogs of the past are no more, and buying one usually costs somewhere in the upper hundreds-low thousands range, I took matters into my own hands.
Several months ago I came across this trunk coffee table that had amazing potential and tons of functionality. A win/win all the way around. But the paint job on it was pretty sad, and it was too beige along with our already beige living room.
I managed to haggle the seller on Craigslist down to $50, and I was so ecstatic to go to work on it.
Then, it sat in our living room for a long time as I imagined up a million different ways to refinish it. (Sometimes the hardest part of painting furniture is figuring out your game plan.)
In the end, this was the winning look.
And it has color!!! I usually shy away from color but she needed some personality. 🙂
You can check out how I created the faux planked top from yesterday’s post. For the rest of the table, I painted it with a mixture of 1 part Annie Sloan Pure White and 1 part Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue.
I let it dry for 24 hours, then rubbed on a layer of Minwax Finishing Paste in Clear (since I had some lying around) followed by a layer of Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
I found the card catalog hardware online at D. Lawless Hardware for just 60 cents each! I’m forever hooked on that site. (I swiped the original hardware to use for Olivia’s dresser makeover.)
So now, they’re not only cute, but they’re super functional in keeping our DVDs organized. (We’re a big movie watching crowd. We already have an entire cabinet devoted to them and that still wasn’t enough.)
This sucker is the mother of all toy storage. If we ever have a surprise visit and need to clean our house in a jiffy, this little feature is a lifesaver. Our house was an absolute mess while I was making over this table in the garage. Plastic lego nightmare city.
I’m so glad I went with the subtle color that I’m slowly working in. It really compliments our shutters on the wall.
Lola is, of course, completely enthralled by the whole thing.
Since Lola isn’t being very opinionated, tell me what you think! I read each and every one of your comments and I do a happy bum-wiggle dance after all of them. 😉
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Next on the project list is a bookcase for our naked looking wall behind the couch and a little more wall art. Once we add a rug, this room will mostly be done! Well…I say that but you know decor-obsessed people never truly finish a room. 😉