I picked up this vintage piece from a thrift store for my entry hall dresser a while ago.It makes for great storage for all of the hats and stuff the come wandering in but don’t really have a home, and a nice place to drop off keys and other things. Even though I love natural wood, it was just so dark and heavy and didn’t really seem to fit. Here’s a pic I snapped for Instagram.
That dark wood kind of sucked all of the light from the corner.
I had a hard time picking a color to the point where I felt stalled. People gave me some great suggestions on Instagram,including Annie Sloan home herself, but I couldn’t seem to make up my mind. I tossed around the idea of doing a blue, a dark gray or even a mustard, but nothing really made me say to myself, “Yes, do it!”
I ended up biting the bullet and using a jar of Divine sample paint I had picked up from Target a while ago. It was a lighter gray and pretty neutral. I did a light brush coat and then used a wet paper towel to wipe off the excess for a distressed look.
Even though I am trying to veer towards a little more modern with some bohemian thrown in, it felt right to give it a little age.
I like that I can still see some of the wood grain through the paint.
I love this woven bowl from Ikea,it makes a great catch-all. I think it was also less than $10. I like it because it is big enough to put things in it like books in for the library (and to hopefully get them back on time…Once in a while we do manage to go and not have to pay a late fee.).
I am trying to go a little more minimal too, but stuff always manages to creep in. Every time I turn around there seems to be stuff everywhere.
I have a tray I made on top and just a few other things including a hand-painted lamp and a $2 rock crystal piece from the flea market.
And there’s always an odd assortment of Lego’s,and other things on it, but that’s why it’s so perfect because when it’s too cluttered, I just sweep them into the top drawer. 🙂
When that gets full, out comes the garbage bag… The circle of life.
I am going to keep it for now, but I am not totally settled on if I really love it or not the way it is. In the mean time I am going to keep my eyes out for another color.
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