Years ago Sam and I went out on a date and hit up a furniture store...sounds romantic doesn't it. :-) It was on that date that we purchased our very first brand new piece of furniture. My kind of romance! Up until that point we had mixed matched couches, a handed down futon and some side tables that weren't being used by anyone else.
Now, we had a brand new slate coffee table to go with our handed down futon. :-)
This thing is massive and square and the tiles all come out (great for moving...not so much for being kid friendly though.) Our kids have learned to not touch the tiles and we love using the space when guests are over. There is plenty of room for mugs, setting out some desserts, or even using this as an eating space as overflow from the dining room when friends are over.
It even has a handy dandy lower shelf for storing our scrabble game. Not to mention that the table itself works great for playing that game of scrabble by the fire, when kids are in bed (I'm currently the reigning scrabble champion in our home...the winner gets to sign the box each time so that is how I know.) ;-)
Now years later, the only downside of this table for my decorating style is how dark it is. I thought about spray painting it but realized that wouldn't work. Styling the top is a little tricky because of how tiny some things look on the table and yet wanting larger items to be kid friendly and not over take the look of the space.
I picked up this pear tea light holder last year from HomeGoods.
You know how I am a sucker for tea lights.
The pear has been on our coffee table but was a little lost with its size. It also didn't help the whole...this space looks too dark thing going on. Then in walked Mr. yellow spray paint to brighten the day! Honestly, I am not a pro when it comes to spray painting but this can said, "the no-prep, superbond paint"...sign me up!
I also found a table runner at Ikea on my recent trip. It had pears on it and the perfect colors. It was calling my coffee table's name...whatever that might be. :-)
For a small price we now have the same great coffee table (and memories of that memorable date) and some fresh new color and whites to brighten up the space!
I'm in love...again.
And if for some reason you really like pears, Ikea sells the print in napkins too. :-)
What was your first piece of brand new furniture that you bought?
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