Monday, July 25, 2011

The One That Almost Got Away

I got this "thing" at an auction a few years ago and never quite knew what to do with it.  I only paid $5 for it but I loved how unusual it looked with all of the pretty detail.

It's a stand of some sort.  Too small to be an end table.  I thought about putting a round glass top on it and making it a coffee table.  But where?

It ended up in the Sitting Room off of the Master and has stayed there until I recently decided to list it on Craig's List.

It really was useless.

But I LOVE useless stuff!!! I CRAVE useless stuff!!! I HOARD useless stuff!!!

So after coming to my un-senses, I took it off of CL and gave it a facelift.  It was white before which limited the space where I could use it.  After giving it a couple coats of Minwax Stain in Provincial and two coats of clear Poly spray the lightbulb went off and I knew exactly where to put it.  (I should add that this is some sort of resin material - not wood. But I've learned that you can add stain to just about any old thing.)

Here it is in it's new home.

I love how the stain creeps into the crevices bringing out the wonderful detail.  It looks so much prettier now.

Stacked with books:


It works in my Family Room, which is a mix of Tuscan and Traditional.  I have a lot of different pieces in here, none of which match, but I love that look.  Kind of eclectic.

A lot of wrought iron.

I also changed the mantle up a little bit.  It used to look like this:

But I moved these from here:

to here:

And now it looks like this:

The large finial I got at a yardsale recently for $1.

Another view of the Family Room.

Pretty soon there's gonna be a toddler shaking things up in here and it's all gonna go...... to the island (of misfit decor).  Temporarily.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything looks fabulous. Great use of the little table. Your room is lovely. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like the redo - nice job. Yes - toddlers will cause a person to redecorate for a while. :D

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

It is perfect. Funny how we can fall in love again with a piece we were previously done with. Can't tell you how many times I wished I hadn't got rid of something.

Blondie's Journal said...

I have something similar to your little pedestal/column. I have it in the bathroom but it moves around a lot. I like the stain you used, it brings out the texture. Your mantel looks great, too!!


Kimberly said...

I love that piece too! glad you decided to keep it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I have a tall thin pedestal that I think I got at Michaels about 15 years ago that is probably made of the same stuff, Kim. I love what you did to this. I've found mine to be pretty versatile and I think I've had it so long that sometimes I forget all about it and don't even give it a second look anymore.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh Yes, I agree! It looks very good in that room. It's just the right style now for sure. Don't you just love it when you find a whole new life for something in a new place? Great makeover!

Darlene said...

I love what you've done to the place! It's amazing the difference a little bit of stain makes.

Love Of Quilts said...

When I started reading your post about the stand of some sort..... my thought was that you almost didn't buy it....I was so glad to see you had it... this is something I would buy so I really liked it. It was in the prefect place in the first picture I saw...then you said you listed on craigslist I was in shock ..what is she thinking.
Thank goodness you came to your senses. Trish

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

I like what you did with the stand!So glad you found a home for it. Maybe it could become the coffee table in the living room for a change!

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⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

It was a keeper KIM!~ Everything is looking so good. How do you do it with a little one around? I bet he and the girls are keeping you busy this summer.

Jemsmom said...

It is perfect in your family room and adding the Minwax just made it just right! That finial... $1... GET OUT!!!! I love it!

Cindy said...

Your family room is very pretty and I like the unusual piece that you now have books on, it's really very attractive. When you showed the large finial that you got from the garage sale, I had to smile. I wonder if they wanted to be rid of it because to them it seems unusual and totally useless. Well, looks like the right person found it! It looks wonderful on your mantle.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Greetings! Checking in with you, Mrs. Bliss! Love all your "stuff" as usual and I hope all is well with Mr. Bliss and Miss Bliss and Little Miss Bliss, and ESPECIALLY Baby Bliss! Man, I don't think I will be typing THAT big long blog family name again. ;)
Seriously, I hope you all are having a great Summer. xxoo

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You have the magic touch when it comes to decorating Kim. I love the transformation of the table. Love it. And your room is so well put together.

Traci said...

You're right, you did find the perfect place for it. I love your mantle both ways!

Beth in NC said...

I love it with the stain! And your new arrangement of the mantle looks great.

I moved to a new web site. Come visit when you can.


Honey at 2805 said...

It's interesting that things can come our of hiding, or be retrieved from the garage, $ you have a different view of how it looks or how it can be used!

Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500entries, they will increase the Gift Card to $100.

Artist Terri Smith said...

Hi Sweet Friend ~ Love What You Did With "The One That Almost Got Away!" You Always Come Up With The Best Solutions! From Decorating To Everything Else! :)) Sorry You're Having One Of Those Special Days Like Myself. Must Be Something Foul In The Air. Hope Your Day Improves..I Wiped My Tears And Threw Away My Broken Decanter With Hopes That Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day. LoveYaMUCH,Terri

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Love the look and feel of this room! Your little table was a great find and so versatile! I love pieces like that! :)

Deserae said...

Love the trasformation of your cute little table! It looks absolutely perfect in your family room :o) Beautiful room.....

happeningswithLana said...

Love your room. You have good taste!

Content in a Cottage said...

Kim...great job. Make the toddler play outside :)
Thanks for stopping by the cottage today.
xo, Rosemary

Anonymous said...

Gosh, you are so creative, Kim! I always have to buy things that are already exactly the way I want them b/c I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to DIY projects!

I really love your blog. You've got a great eye for design!!! Thanks for the follow, and I'm following you right back!

xoxo, Sarah Kate

Shelia said...

Hi Kim! I would have never thought to use that pedestal like this! It looks great! Your room looks wonderful!
I like your new profile snap! I almost didn't recognize you! You're so pretty! Hope all is well with you and your family.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CAS said...

Your "eclectic-look" looks very nice, and that little round table looks perfect. The bit of stain certainly made a big difference.
:) CAS

Linda Anne Young said...

Kim I love your blog and your lovely home. I have been trying to email you, and it won't go through when I try to send it. I found your blog the day I moved to your town! I thought that was amazing. Also I need inspiration as I decorate my new place, which is a mobile home. It's a lot smaller than I had before and not cottage-style, so this should be interesting and challenging! I think the little stand looks great with the antiquing stain and it goes with your coffee table decor items! Blessings! Linda

Linda Anne Young said...

I love the little stand with the stain on it! It looks great with your coffee table decor items! I just love your blog! You make your home so lovely! I've been trying to email you, the address doesn't work! I wanted to tell you that amazingly, I found your blog the day I moved to your town! Hello neighbor! Blessings! Come visit! Linda

Tiff said...

I LOVE that little stool/table! It is perfect with the books on top! It looks fantastic in your gorgeous living room! X

Nancy said...

That was a great deal for $5! The 'table' is so pretty!


Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

I don't think something that is pretty and that you love is useless. It made your heart happy didn't it?

Sue said...

Hi Kim - your little stand is a perfect spot for books and you did a great job "pretty - ing" it up!
Have a great day and stay cool.