Do you ever wake up in the morning with the sudden urge for a change? Like it hits you at 5am that you need a new round coffee table, and you need it now! And you will scour the ends of the earth for it with your two unwilling children in tow until it comes home with you and takes it’s rightful place in the living room… Then you can breathe a sigh of relief, because all is right in the world again?
Ok, so maybe that’s just me then…
I have to say, I had not been feeling my leather ottoman in our living room for a while, but it was my one practical piece of furniture that I own having two little kids.
It felt really heavy amongst all the white furniture, but my kids have dance parties on this thing, jump around on it, and do various gymnastic routines on it. It was sort of part pummel horse/part dance floor.
When Midwest Living came to shoot my house we borrowed my mom’s coffee table to switch it out, because it worked better for the room…and then once her table was in my room I didn’t want to let it out of my clutches! It made me realize how much better a round table would be for the flow of the room. Especially with the sunroom on the back of the house.
The Mr. actually came home from work and saw my mom’s table and said “oh did they bring that with them? Can we keep it? It looks so much better in here!” Ha, unfortunately my mom was not willing to part with her table, I tried to convince her that her coffee table missed her hand me down couches that now live with us and she rationally explained to me that inanimate objects don’t actually have feelings…whatever :)
So, the hunt began! I have a few antique/vintage/home decor stores I like to hit up in downtown Hastings, MI. It’s a cute little town if you have never been. I went to three different stores dragging my poor kiddos along and finally scored at Jilly’s at the Hanger. The owner is great and also has a booth at the Allegan Flea Market that I go to every month. She is awesome at bringing new life to old pieces of furniture. I explained I was on the hunt for a round table and she was nice enough to let me down into the basement of the shop and show me a few pieces that she hadn’t fixed up yet – and there was my new glorious table!
Well kinda. It needed a bit of work, and being the bad blogger I am, I never took before photos of it. But, it already had a coat of grey paint on it along with a bunch of other paint splotches and stains. It was also too tall to be a coffee table. So, I took it home and cut the legs down and then decided I kinda loved the grey as is, but needed to get the other splotches off. I just sanded it down a ton and I now love it!
The only little secret is, it’s not painted at all on this side whoops!
I go back and forth between liking the character it lends and feeling the OCD need to paint it. We’ll see which side wins out, but for now I love the change in here. It’s funny how this table is actually bigger than the ottoman, but it makes the room feel bigger and more open. I’m still playing around with the styling of it, but this is what it looks like at the moment.
The dance party/pummel horse found a new home at my sister in law’s garage sale and the dance parties have been relocated to the newly decorated playroom (I know, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve redone this room, let’s not talk about it…especially in front of the Mr.) which is probably safer for everyone involved! More on that coming soon…