Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Custom Made End Table and a Pretty Table Top Vignette

Believe it or not, I'm still working on my new "Beauty Room".  There are so many finishing touches that still need to be done.  My husband and I went antiquing this past weekend to look for items for the room.  We didn't find any antiques, so we stopped at Home Goods and Kirklands on the way home, and picked up a lot of really great items that are just perfect for the room.  I'm still on the lookout for two more wall hangings, plus I'm sewing pillows and a bed skirt....and then I'll be done.  Whew!  Someday this room will be finished.

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In the meantime, all the furniture is finally done!  Yippee!  That's what took the longest as there were two custom pieces of furniture (an end table and a bed), that my husband built and I had to slather with like four coats of paint!  I want to wait until the big reveal to show you the bed...plus I'm still working on the bedding...but I will show you the end table today.

When we originally planned this room, the wall immediately to the right was going to be custom shelving.  But then I found this really cool chair at a thrift store, and one thing led to another, and it evolved into a new design.  Well, once I had the chair in place, I had this empty spot that needed to be filled with something.  We decided an end table would be nice, but I really wanted it be practical as well.   It had to provide more storage since I lost one entire wall of storage in this new design.

 I needed a new way to store all my scarves as the current way I was storing them was not working.  I had them hanging on hangers in our guest bedroom closet and they were constantly falling on the floor or getting wrinkled.  Plus they were hard to find in a dark closet.  When I was visiting my daughter in Florida, I saw she kept her scarves in decorative baskets, so decided to try that too!

The first thing we did was look for and buy some nice baskets that we thought would look good in the room.  They are a grey tweed fabric basket that we picked up at a home improvement store for around $10.00 each.  All my scarves fit nicely in two baskets.  From there, my husband and I worked on a design for an end table that would fit the two large baskets.   Once we came up with something we could both agree on, off he went to build it!

 Here is the finished end table with the baskets:

Isn't it pretty?  It is such a simple design, but it's exactly what I needed and wanted.

The best part about this table, is it only cost around $20.00 to make because most of it was made with refurbished wood.  Here is what it looked like before I painted it.

The bottom and middle table tops were made using our old kitchen cabinet doors.  We remodeled our kitchen fifteen years ago, yet my husband still hung on to the old doors thinking someday he would have a use for them.

The legs are also pine board scraps he had lying around from previous projects.  The only wood he bought was the birch veneer top and the decorative molding you see on the legs.

My new end table fits the space perfectly, and I love how my baskets look inside of it!

Looking for a scarf to complete my outfit has now gotten so much easier.  One basket contains winter scarves and the other basket contain summer scarves.  When I'm looking for a scarf to complete my outfit, I first pull out the appropriate basket, then I simply lift up by the roll the colored scarf I'm looking for.  So far, it's worked really well and my baskets haven't gotten messy at all!

Well now that I had a cute new end table,   I had to decorate it so of course I had to go shopping!  I wanted something tall and was originally considering a lamp.  But then I realized that I didn't need a lamp in that room as there is plenty of overhead lighting, so I picked up this orchid planter at T.J. Maxx for $20.00 instead.

Next, I wanted a photograph of a glamorous, beautiful woman.  I was thinking about looking for a black and white photo of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, but when I saw this photo of my daughter on my computer,  I thought it couldn't be more perfect!  She definitely is a glamorous, beautiful woman, and the color and style of her clothes match the room decor perfectly.  All I had to do was buy a $1.50 silver frame at the dollar store, and I had a wonderful piece of personalized art.

Finally, I thought a nice round or oval tray would really complete my pretty vignette....that's why we went antiquing!  But when we couldn't find anything in the antique stores, we headed to Home Goods and found this beautiful silver and mirror tray for only $14.99!   A fraction of the price they were asking for something in an antique store...and much prettier too!

With the addition of the lovely silver tray, my vignette was complete.  Notice how I used three levels of height, three items, and different shapes?  Always work in odd numbers when putting together a vignette for your table tops.

As a final touch, I put my mother's antique silver necklace and a strand of pearls inside the tray.

I'm so happy with the way my room is turning out.  I can't wait till it's officially complete and I can show you the entire room!

Have a great day!  Amy

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  1. Wow, Amy! You guys have quite the touch! That DIY end table turned out so pretty! Can't wait to see how the rest of the room turns out.

  2. What a great idea with the end table! And it turned out so beautifully too! Perfect decorations too, love the orchid and gorgeous silver dish. Your daughter's photo was the perfect addition. I really love how the pink walls look with the furniture items and wall decor you added so far. Can't wait to see the room when it's all finished!

  3. Wow! This turned out great! I love homemade items in the home, you can create exactly what you need. I am glad my husband is handy to help me with a bit of that stuff. I love how you decorated it and the sentimental silver necklace you placed on it.


  4. Those end tables look amazing! And I love the baskets in them! I put all my scarves in a big basket too :)


  5. The end table looks like a piece you'd find at a high end store, it looks great!


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