Over the weekend in Ann Arbor I took Mr. Lively to my second favorite thrifting shop, The Treasure Mart.*
Right before we accidentally spilled coffee on a blanket I was
convincing talking Mr. Lively into**, he spotted a steal of a deal.
Clocking in at just $60 for a well-sized oval white marble top, this coffee table was a no brainer.
It was so good that Mr. Lively had already decided to buy it before he even showed it to me.
Swoon. That’s my kind of romance.
Anyways, when we got him home he didn’t really play well with our other pieces.
The chrome chairs are all like, “We’re cool and modern.”
The rug is like, “I’m punchy and graphic.”
And the coffee table is like, “I’m froufy and look like I belong in Beauty and the Beast.”
One of these things is not like the other…
Mr. Lively and I initially debated about finding another base to go below the table top. Something metal to look more modern like the other lines in the space.
But having gone through issue after issue trying to find the perfect reclaimed wood top for our chrome dining table, I knew that it would be a decent challenge to find the perfectly sized/priced item to compliment the top.
So instead of replacing it, I painted it.
Ahhhhh, so much better.
Now Belle is looking a little more like the Beast. (In a good way.)
Here’s another angle.
Such great semi-gloss paint with built-in primer. It was $15 for a quart from Behr called Evening Hush. It took just two coats and about 45 minutes of actual work.
Mr. Lively doesn’t even mind the flowers anymore.
Let’s take a peek at the before and after one more time.
Amazing what a few coats of paint can do to combine three totally unrelated styles.
*My favorite shop used to be the White Elephant in Chicago, may it rest in peace.
** Fortunately for me, the coffee stains meant we had to buy the blanket after all. He’s now freshly laundered and may serve as a cover for the guest room headboard.