Painting the Family Room


In the midst of plenty going on around here as usual, I’ve decided that now, right now, is the time to paint the family room. Peter is convinced that I can’t paint a room as well as he can, but I think he’s busy enough to let me have a go at it. (He, of course, is wrong, we know that.)

Spring means more thrift shopping and garage sale-seeking around here, yay! We went second hand scouting this weekend and found a wonderful 1950’s walnut finish coffee table and that’s probably why I’ve got this painting bee in my bonnet. Its a wonderful color, and although I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the numerous walnut wood finishes throughout our house (the previous owners really loved that color of wood finish), I’m actually starting to warm up to it again. (Wow, that only took seven years.)

I love the cane bottom shelf on the table, and the curved edges on the sides of the tabletop. We all pinky promised each other that we would not fill it up with magazines (ok, full disclosure, that’s my problem primarily, not theirs). There’s some scratches on the top. I love buying things that have had a former life.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    March 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    that table is a great find, blair! i like caning, too. in fact, there are two chairs in the basement waiting to be re-caned. i need to find someone to do that.

  • Emma

    March 23, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I love second hand furniture! I have a great 50s chest of drawers that I got super cheap in a charity shop.
    The paper cranes look gorgeous up close in your banner, too. I’ve never tried origami, so I think I’ll give it a go soon.

  • sofy

    March 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

    lovely table:)
    I do not have at lot of second hand funiture…
    though looking trough my room I’d say ½ of my things are either second hand or I am happy:)

  • Erika Sews-it-all

    March 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Great find, that is such a cool table! Sounds like you just need to paint the room to show what an awesome painter you are!

  • Ashley Schott

    March 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I just love that coffee table! It is so retro and unique. Darling! I just love this season when more and more garage sales are popping up:) It’s my favorite.

  • HomeGrownLife

    March 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Aren’t thrifting and painting some of the best things about Spring? Your coffee table looks great- very retro. I’ll have to go over and borrow a few design ideas for myself from your link…

  • Cheryl Arkison

    March 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    That blu goes so well with all the walnut and teak finishes. Of course, I may have a biased opinion as that is most of our common living space.

  • Vintage Chica

    March 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    That Interior Styling pool has so much goodness in it, one could get lost. I did. Oh and I love that table. I wish I knew how to cane. I have two chairs that need a bit of repair.

  • Amy

    March 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I really like your new table – it’s kid-friendly, but has a twist with the caning. I bet painting is much trickier with that stained trim.

  • sew katie did

    March 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I must have caught the painting bug from you. I was hoping to trick my color blind husband into thinking the splat up on our bedroom wall was blue, but when we were reading the other night he said it looked rather purple. Darn, really wanted to go hydrangea!

  • theartistshouse

    March 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    There is nothing better than a freshly painted room with a new favorite thrift store find. Hmmm, which room in my house needs a spring makeover?

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