New Front Hall Table

So what I never took a picture of was the end table we were using as a front hall in the little space at the bottom of the stairs (below the 3 pictures in the orange frames). YEARS ago we bought 2 different end tables from Bombay Company. They were floor models with a few bumps and bruises and so they were marked down from $800 each to $150 each. At that time, my husband and I were both just out of school and setting up our first real home and these seemed like a great deal so we bought both of them.

The old table we had in this space is no longer available but the second we bought all those years ago is still sold (and still costs $800 brand new!). So when we re-did the stairs, we weren't that careful with the table and some flecks of paint got on it and we got it in our heads to finally get rid of it and get something else. So out it went (to Goodwill!) And then we started looking for something new to fill that spot. WHAT A MISTAKE! We should have kept it until we found the new table because it is a very awkward little space and because we wanted actual storage for that space, not just a pretty new table.

First we looked at Ikea and got the BRUSALI in white. We measured the space and measured the dresser in the store and thought it would fit. WRONG! It was way too wide and was blocking the kitty door we have in the wall there so our cat can go to his litter box in the basement without us having to leave the basement door open.

Beautiful dresser at a great price but way too wide for our intended space

Beautiful dresser at a great price but way too wide for our intended space

So basically at that point, I figured we were screwed. We wanted something that was fairly tall, but not too tall and with at least 2 drawers but preferably 3. And then I remembered that second end table purchased all those years ago. It is the Herning Bedside Chest and it was just sitting in our basement. Now this chest of drawers had always been my least favourite of the 2. It was a little too orangy, a little too fancy and the hardware did nothing for me. Overall a little stuffy feeling. So I started thinking and playing around in Photoshop and this is what I came up with.

Emerald green paint and light gold hardware

Emerald green paint and light gold hardware

Deep emerald green with light gold hardware seemed like just the little bit of surprise that I needed. So I went to my local Lowe's store and came home with all the supplies I needed.

Zinsser BONDZ primer, Sherwin-Williams Flat Interior Paint and Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Gloss Paint and Primer Spray

Zinsser BONDZ primer, Sherwin-Williams Flat Interior Paint and Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Gloss Paint and Primer Spray

The BONDZ I already had in my supplies from previous projects so 1 quart of the Sherwin-Williams Interior Flat Paint in Kilkenny and 1 can of Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Gloss Paint and Primer Spray in Champagne Mist was really all I needed to buy. 2 nights of a couple of hours work and a few coats of paint later and voilà a new hall table/chest that I love! What do you think?

Beautiful (and a little playful) emerald green and the light gold hardware that makes those pulls just pop!

Beautiful (and a little playful) emerald green and the light gold hardware that makes those pulls just pop!

And just one more so you can get a better idea of what it looks like in the space. And the second best thing about re-doing this piece? Organizing all the crap that we had inside the drawers. Manuals for appliances we no longer own, paint chips of colours I never used and so much more junk that was getting in the way of find those things we actually need to find every now and then. Now it is all organized!

Makes me happy every time I see it!

Makes me happy every time I see it!