When we painted our entry wall and installed the chalk ledge, we did so knowing that we might want to keep our console table, too. At first, we were so smitten with the black and white results, that we stashed our former table away, thinking it might go towards our annual yard sale. We moved our catch-all tray for wallets and keys to the kitchen counter (not even one foot from it’s has-been location), and most recently, we even upgraded said tray with my thrifty weekend find. For the first week of chalkboard-dom, our foyer looked like this:
But after living with the change for a few days, we started discussing whether or not we missed the table. As our friend Patti mentioned in the new-wall comments, that table is valuable real estate you may need. We knew we might eventually come to that conclusion – even before the chalkboard was in place – so we made sure to install the ledge with enough room to put the table back; just in case. Now, we have this:
While that red-toned wood looks awfully sexy in the photos (ha!), we assure you, it is not. And to be honest, we’ve never loved the finish of that table. We know that this is simply a matter of taste – perhaps you like it? – but it doesn’t mesh with us and our style. The gold paint was added in the wood detail when we first bought it almost 5 years ago (during a going out of business sale for Bombay Co.), but it was a quick fix that we never revisited. Over time, we’ve added signs of wear, chips and scratches.
Even still, our entry wall is an odd 42″ wide, and with most consoles starting at a width of 48″ w, this table has been a great placeholder. It’s made of solid wood, it’s sturdy, and as I’ve just mentioned, it’s appropriately small (and pretty cute – wood tone aside). And, where else are we to put fresh flowers? With Maddie having free reign of our countertop (we know, ew, sorry), we’d lost our only sacred spot for ranunculus and the like – our girl gets down on leafy lunches (a habit we can’t break, but can only prevent).
So, we’re keeping it. But it’s time for a paint job.
This is where we’re stuck. We’ve talked about stark white or pure black; we even mentioned a nod to the old wall with a coat of kelly green. With the entry and hall now forming a cohesive, monotone look, our color-loving hearts wonder: should we go bold? Or, maybe, should the color be reserved for the opposing small art wall and gaudy gold Piglet? We played (and played) with options in Photoshop, and we’ve pulled together these three mock ups:
After going through our original ideas (plus mints, butter yellows and icy blues), we were pulled towards these saturated hues to balance the chalky black wall above: 1) slate grey, 2) steel blue or 3) golden yellow.
The longer we stare at the red-on-black-on-white, the more eager we are to get started. Not ones to be so indecisive, we couldn’t be more stumped! There are a few things we do know, however. We plan on filling in a few of the decorative grooves on the table top (not the greek key on the sides, nosiree), and we may even add brassy hardware, á la this #2-blue-bureau (snapped on the sly, hence the awkward angle, from White Attic on Clark):
Only 3 of the sides have the pattern, so any knob or pull would potentially go on the smooth side, mimicking the look of drawer pulls, only – ha ha! – joke’s on you. Oh, tricksters, we are.
But back to that color quandary. Which would you choose? 1, 2, or 3?