forgotten treasure

A while ago, I posted about one of my recent antique shopping trips, and I asked you to guess which “treasure” came home with me.  Do you remember that?  I didn’t mean to leave you hanging for so long, but you know how one thing leads to another when you start a project.

Well here is the little treasure that I brought home.

It even had a big, red bow on it waiting to go home with someone for Christmas.  But no takers.  It was still waiting for me in February.  I know, you are probably think…ewww honey-gold?

At the time, I wasn’t  looking to change up my foyer but I fell in love with the unique style of the bench and the spool-style legs and back, and didn’t think I would ever come across another one…you know how that get’s you every time you’re at an antique store.  Plus, I got the dealer down to $125….I think that was a good deal??? What do you think?

Yes, the color was hideous but after many cans of spray paint, I am very happy with how it turned out.

(I probably included too many pictures, but I have hard time editing out pictures)

The two cream and blue block-printed pillows I made from napkins that I purchased from World Market for $4.99 each.  I am crazy about block printed fabrics and they are usually very expensive so anytime I can get my hands on some at a decent price (even napkins!), I snatch them up.  I backed them in a cream linen fabric that I already had on hand.

 I also made the ikat pillow out of a fabric remnant, I believe it is from Kravet, but it has been discontinued.  The gingham pillow is from Ballard’s and the seagrass stool is from Target from a few years ago.  The floor lamp is from Circa Lighting.

I wanted to mix the block print fabric and the ikat (1 trendy fabric…wink, wink) with the other elements to keep the look from becoming too “sweet”.

I also gave the walls above the planking a fresh coat of paint and went with BM Indian White, a soft, creamy yellow.  I’ve been wanting to paint my foyer a different color from the rest of the house for some time, and I’m so glad I did.  Funny how a quart of paint can help make a space feel new again.

I’m laying off the “treasure hunting” for a while…too many good things out there!

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38 comments on “forgotten treasure

  1. Colleen on said:

    I knew picked the bench lauren!!!! I guess now I can keep your table….:) love it!

  2. classic • casual • home on said:

    I’ve been laying low on the treasure hunting, too. My daughter said I need clothes more than home things…true, I guess.

  3. classic • casual • home on said:

    PS. Your vision for the bench was amazing!!! love it. So glad you got it at any price!

  4. Rachel on said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! What’s not to love about spending only $125 for a beauty like that? Your foyer looks stunning because you’re one creative gal!

  5. I LOVE the bench!! And you got a great deal… I have been searching for a foyer bench for years and have yet to find something that grabs me and doesn’t cost a fortune. The foyer’s facelift looks fantastic and perfect timing with spring knocking at the door.

    • Lauren on said:

      Thank you…I know what you mean, the benches in catalogs and in stores can be very pricey, and after a while everything starts to look the same.

  6. Jessica Singletary on said:

    LOVE this bench! And your vision for it. Absolutely stunning!

  7. Foyer looks awesome, can’t believe you have had time to sew and paint! Pillows turned out gorgeous!

  8. joanne vranicar on said:

    Lauren–that is gorgeous!! Love it ALL! I had those World Market napkins in my hand when I went to pick up the desk for Jack’s room–great fabric. Can’t wait to see it in person :)

    • Lauren on said:

      Thank you!! That’s so funny you had those napkins in your hands…great minds think alike! we definitely like the same things :) . The rug is from Ballards….and it doesn’t shed, yay!

  9. joanne vranicar on said:

    Is the rug from Ballard’s??

  10. laurie on said:

    Beautiful. Love the pillows too.

  11. The whole thing looks AMAZING! I love love love the bench and think it was a steal even at $125. It’s a unique piece that totally makes the foyer. Great job all around!

  12. That bench is so you! It’s amazing what a little (or a lot) of white paint can do. Your “new” foyer is stunning!

    I have kitchen stools that have the same kind of webbing on the seat. I want to paint them but don’t know how to keep the paint off the webbing. How did you tape off yours to get such a clean finish?

    • Lauren on said:

      Thank you Mary! I covered the rush seat with newspaper and painters tape. There are a couple of spots where the
      Paint got on the seat, but I am going to try to get if off with a scrub brush, which should take it off since I used a latex type of paint.

  13. designchic on said:

    What an amazing transformation and it’s perfect with the rattan sidetable!!

  14. chic coles on said:

    What a great find. Love the white and the beautiful new pillows.

  15. Emily on said:

    Oh, this is lovely! Love that wall behind it too. Looks great together!

  16. sherry hart on said:

    That is making me want to get a bench for my foyer/entry….so fresh and pretty. The napkin idea…brilliant!

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