Monday, March 7, 2011

Toy Box, Coffee Table or Entry Bench?

I posted about this piece awhile ago..looking for inspiration and ideas. It's a box..I say box because it's so non-descript...so boring. I picked it up at an estate sale last summer for a whopping $5. It's solid too...and in great shape, except, well, it was ugly. And boring.



It sat in our basement for about 6 months...it was trying to be used as a toybox, but nothing ever got stored in there...so I thought I'd give it a makeover. I searched for inspiration and found this coffee table: http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/30929/whats-your-number

Amazing, right? I went back and forth on how to do the numbers, tried Michaels for stencils, and came up with nothing.

Then I saw this (HOW do I make this picture fit?)
done by The Thriftress here . I've seen other birds in painted furniture blogland, but now for the life of me, can't remember where :(

I had just picked up some vinyl birds at Home Goods the week before and thought this box would be perfect for birds. I painted the whole thing a creamy white...3 coats. After it was dry, I placed the birds on the box in a way I liked them. Then I painted over the birds with Cape Cod Gray by Benjamin Moore using 2 coats. I used the birds as a stencil. Once dry, I peeled the vinyl birds off, and voila!

Now, I'm confused as to what it is...I think it could be one of three things:

Entry Bench and Storage

Coffee Table with Storage

Toy box


It might even work as an end of the bed bench for a twin or double bed! Where would you use it?

One thing is for sure, it doesn't fit in with my decor. On Craigslist she goes! Have a great Monday, folks!

~Allison



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11 comments:

Brandi said...

Oh but it would fit MY decor! Hint, Hint!!! : )

Great Job Allison! I love the stencil!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

cute, and multi-functional! it doesn't get any better than that!

Green Door Girl said...

I think toy storage, but any of the options really do look great. Great redo :) Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

A Vintage Vine said...

I'm going with toy box, even the little guy agrees! Looks great!

Meg and Mum's said...

I'm going with toy box too. You've made it look so lovely! You could even line it with some nice fabric - if you felt like working that hard! I'm still to attempt a stencil. I'm scared :)

Christina said...

Ooooh...they all work! The colors are beautiful, and I love the birds! I may like is as an entry storage bench...but I love all of them!!

Thanks so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! I always love seeing what you link up :)

Christina said...

I featured this project today on my blog...thanks for linking it up! Come grab a "featured" button...you deserve it! :)

Re:newing Home said...

Great redo project! I have an old chest I just gave a little redo love to...and a fab wooden box I found today that I am "googleing for inspiration":) Nice job!

flippinfactory said...

Hi Allison!!
I think we may be twins!
I LOVE repurposing old furniture.
Nice to meet you!

Andreas said...

Entry Bench and Storage. Coffee Table with Storage. Toy box. It might even work as an end of the bed bench for a twin or double bed! Where ... storagebench.blogspot.com

Gottlieb said...

I posted about this piece awhile ago..looking for inspiration and ideas. It's a box..I say box because it's so non-descript... chestbench.blogspot.com