Black is Back

To me, white furniture looks a little…….

naked.

If I can say that word on a  Christian blog.

Like a lady  in public in her pantaloons or bloomers, it just isn’t right.

This little beauty below was found in a eclectic shop that sells vintage and antique items. I described the space in my foyer to the owner.

“I live in a split level where you walk into the house and there’s  a 4ft x 6ft foyer.  On your  right the first staircase goes down, the next staircase on the right goes up.  Imagine six people walking in the door, trying to get off coats and shoes without knocking each other up or down the stairs.”

I’m not a huge fan of the split level, especially when it has a tiny foyer.

A large oak mirror with hooks was hanging, but it needed something underneath for organizing and display. Something very narrow.  Something that wouldn’t get knocked down the stairs with the two children “accidentally” touching each other while trying to kick their shoes at each other off.

It also needed to be painted black and distressed.  By distressing your furniture ahead of time, it keeps you from being stressed and distressed when the kids scratch and dent it.  ‘Cuz, ya’ know they will.  It’s their job to ruin your stuff.  To test your patience and all that jazz. 

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As my kids would say “Perf!”  That’s teenage for “perfect” they inform me, as if I wasn’t cool enough to translate.  But, it’s more than “perf”, it’s “tote perf.”

Yea, it’s groovy, too, for those of you older than me and missing your high school journey.

Back to the shelf. It was narrow enough.  And cute enough.  Just too white.

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Not for long!

 

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Done.  So glad my favorite color is in style.  Makes it so much easier.  So glad my favorite medium, spray paint, is in style.  I was spray paint when spray paint wasn’t cool.  But, the new wave of coolness has dared me to paint even wood furniture, something I wouldn’t have done before.

A little sanding afterwards to take away the shiny “I just got spray painted look” and give it the distressed look,  and it was a done deal. I’d like to eventually find baskets so each kid can have one for hats or mail or keys or whatever else they don’t want to put away and it would end up “decorating” my foyer, or staircase or kitchen counter.

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I always wanted a foyer that was welcoming. I don’t consider a pile of stinky shoes welcoming, but my children do. 

To me it says “MESS!” 

To them it says, “Hey, take off your shoes and stay awhile.”

So, whether or not they take off your shoes, I hope our guests feel welcome when they walk into my split level home with the little foyer.

I just hope nobody falls down the stairs while looking at the vintage Christmas nativity stuff I displayed…

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16 Responses to Black is Back

  1. theprojectboard December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    It looks great! Well done.

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:08 am #

      Thanks! It was fun to finally complete a project I’d been dreaming about for over a year!

  2. Nita December 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    🙂

  3. scottscorner December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Love it. Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:51:57 +0000 To: scottpeltier@msn.com

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:09 am #

      Good. “Cuz you’re gunna have to look at it every time you come home….:)

  4. Tandis December 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    It looks great!!
    Had to laugh at your Christian blog comment. I’m the same way with that word even though it could mean many things besides naked human! Oops… did I just say THAT?!

    Another idea could be to saw a table in half and attach the cut side directly to the wall. It’s quite the new fad as well. That way you get an entry or hallway width counter/table. Baskets or a rail could easily be added to catch the shoes.

    I am just slowly entering this new fad of spray painting anything and everything. Sure beats painting the old way!
    However, I was raised by a family that brainwashed into me that if I dare paint wood I would be cut off the family tree!!! =/ It’s about that serious of a crime.

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:10 am #

      Yes, I’ve been raised that way, too. This wasn’t a vintage piece, so that took away my phobia. Thanks for the link on my FB page, was fun to scroll through all the projects on that blog.

  5. bunkodeb December 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I love black furniture – you “done good”! Now if we could just figure out a way to keep dust from showing on the “black”!! Now THAT would be a good blog post!!

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:08 am #

      Well, I only dust when my MIL comes, and she decided two years ago she would never come again, so I haven’t dusted much since then.

      However, am having the hubby’s work people over tomorrow, so thanks for reminding me to dust!

  6. Deborah December 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Very nice. I do like a bit of white on the occasional piece of furniture ( mostly dollies ) – but the black definitely steps it up a bit. Love the idea of baskets in there. That would just seal the deal.

    I too laughed at your “christian” comment.

    Spray paint? Another idea for me to pop away for a rainy day. :o)

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:07 am #

      I realized the room I have white furniture in is the room with the colored walls. That probably has something to do with my issue!

      But, the majority of my furniture is original, unpainted vintage wood items, which I love.

  7. Ruby December 11, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    TOTE PERF!!!!!

    • Momma Mindy December 11, 2012 at 6:06 am #

      DUDE! You must have teens! You totally rocked the words.

  8. jeannegrantwebb December 11, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    That looks fantastic!

    • Momma Mindy December 13, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      Thank you! I am really enjoying having a “Welcoming” foyer! I can look at that and not the mess in the rest of the house…

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