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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37 Comments

  1. Colleen
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

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

    • Colleen
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      whoops….forgot “you”…….

      • Lauren
        Posted March 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        I hope you are enjoying the 5 finger discount on the foyer table Jeff gave to you :) I’m going to have to hide my stuff from him so he doesn’t give it away!!

  2. Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

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

  3. Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

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

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank, MaryAnn!. I thought it was a godd deal but you never know.

  4. Rachel
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    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!

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks You so much Rachel. That is so kind!

  5. Posted March 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    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
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      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. Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

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

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Jessica for the sweet comment!

  7. Maria
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

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

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you…do you have any napkins you want to turn into pillows ?!? It was easy!

  8. joanne vranicar
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      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
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Is the rug from Ballard’s??

  10. Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Beautiful. Love the pillows too.

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Laurie :)

  11. Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    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!

    • Lauren
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the sweet comments, Kira.

  12. Mary
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      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. Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

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

  14. Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

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

  15. Posted March 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

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

  16. Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    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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    LOVE the bench!!! I just bought a little bench for my bathroom, and I definitely didn’t get as good of deal for mine as you did. Nice job!!

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