The first time I saw this coffee table in a Pottery Barn magazine, it was love at first sight. But priced at $599, I knew I had better start looking for something comparable (but priced waaay lower) at the local flea.
Finally, after some intense searching, I spotted this antique childrens schoolhouse table for $125. Normally, that would be waaaay more than I would care to spend too, but I really felt a connection with it. To cushion the blow a little, I put it on lay-a-way.
Now, several months later, after weeks of painstakingly removing three layers of gooey-backed wallpaper (some of which had been painted over), sanding the top down until it was completely unfinished, and distressing the body & legs- I gave the whole thing a few coats of “Provencial”-colored stain from Lowes…
The $7 blue-and-cream striped rug came from Kohls. Because its a rug, and made to stand up to some moisture, it works great as a “giant coaster”.
Design Within Reach
The wire basket came from TJ Maxx:
I love the single, aged-wood handle:
The vintage soda crate came from a flea market in Milton, Florida.
They had lots of delightful, colorful things, all grouped together, which you know I’m a sucker for…
But when I saw the darling blue Barq’s crate on the bottom of this stack, I just had to get it!
Anywho, now that I’ve got the coffee table figured out, I’m on the hunt for the perfect 5×8 area rug to use on the floor underneath it.
An assortment of these pillow covers, to cover the pillows on my sofa and oversized chair are also on my list:
They’re all from Pottery Barn, and again, a little more than I’d like to spend, so I’ll just wait ’til someone posts them on Ebay. (OR until someone surprises me with some for my Birthday. (“cough, kevin, cough, 2 of the Oxford Stripe ones, cough!”)
PS…The personalized burlap runner in the photos above is by Grace of Coastline…