Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cottage Entryway Phase I and Rug From Ballard

I am in the process up updating our Cape Cod home. For those of you who are new to my blog, the deets on us is that we are in a unique situation right now where we have his and hers houses and that will change in the near future when we put the Cape Cod on the market for sale. Until then I have been updating it slowly but surely, one room at a time, as time and budget has allowed.
My projects are geared towards fixing things/maintenance, and adding character for staging.
But I am happy to say that recently I updated the mud room/breeze way by adding my newly found cottage style bench. I had one of these outside when I first bought the house but it was old and ended up rotting and falling apart a year after I moved in, so ever since then I have been on the lookout for a new bench that I could use indoors.
When I found a solid wood bench at my local thrift store I knew it was the one for my space so it came home with me and got a good sanding and several coats of off white paint to give it a cottage feel.  
Here it is getting one of the last coats of paint. See
the bracket attaching the seat to the leg? That was wood tone of the entire bench.  

I found a quart of paint at Lowe's that was a mis tint and it was the perfect off white color that I was looking for so I only paid about $3-5 bucks for the paint. Score!

.....And I HIGHLY recommend browsing thru the mis tinted paint to see if there is a color you like.  Most of the time the mistinted paint is good paint, the only thing wrong with it is that the color did not meet the customer's expectation, so if you like the color then why not? And the mistinted paint sells for A LOT cheaper than new paint.
So here is the fully painted bench in its new home. I added a pillow and basket underneath for the dog leash and misc items.

 I am creating an entry way that will eventually include the rest of the accessories like coat rack and mirror, etc, but for now this is what I have completed for the space.
The rug is another awesome deal I found at Ballard of all places! I found it in their online clearance section in the summer, so it was off season but the price was perfect!
It is a gorgeous high quality wool rug and I only paid about $35 bucks for it. Its my first Ballard purchase and I {LOVE} it!!!!! 
Another tip: don't pass up deals on off season items! Off season is the PERFECT time to buy since this is when the price will usually be the cheapest!

Here is the rug up close and personal.....I love the various shades of taupe and browns-they add dept and richness to the color pallet in this space. I didn't want everything to be white and yellow so by adding a dark rug color it grounds the space and tones down the brightness of all the white and yellow hues.

And here it is on the hardwood floor in the front room. I was debating on where to put it but I think I like it best in the entry way with this bench.
So there is Phase I of the entry way. Next to come is the beadboard wall paper. (SURPRISE!)
I was going to add the bead board wall paper to my half bath(you can read about it and see pics here)but decided this long, stand alone wall is a better candidate for my first time using the beadboard wall paper. Wish me luck!!!! 

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  1. What a great idea to find mis tinted paint. Love the rug in the entry, what a great deal. I found a gorgeous one during the week on sale at PB and love it.

  2. Thanks! Dont you just love a great deal like that? It makes it worth the wait when you can get it for such a steal!

  3. Stopping over from the Linky Party at The Girl Creative. Great tip about the mis-tinted paint at Lowes. Is it in the paint section?

  4. Wow! What great deals you have found for your entryway! Love the bench and the rug...I think you are right to have the rug in the entry due to its shape. I saw your post over at "Project Inspire" blog party.

  5. New follower here. I'm found you via Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party. Love your bench. Can't wait to see if after you put up beadboard wall paper.

  6. I am a sucker for little benches. I have 2 out in the open and 1 waiting for a new coat.

    Today is my first visit, but I will be back.

  7. Ladies,
    Thanks for the comments!

    Laurie-welcome aboard! Its very nice to meet you!
    Art and Sand-you're a girl after my own heart. I love benches too! I have a few that I will be making over this spring so if you like benches there's more in store for you! :)

  8. That is an adorable little bench and perfect for a mudroom! Great job!

  9. Hey Jen I'm lovn' that entryway(bench painted awesomeness-the rug is fantastic),can't wait to see your other great idea's.
    Thanks for sharing over at Dawn's Creative Cain Cabin!!
    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

  10. The bench was a great thrift store find, and I also love mistint paint. It looks great in its new coat of white.

  11. Your entryway looks great. Love the bench.

  12. I'm going to start looking at mis-tinted paint!

  13. Popped on over from Nick of Time. I LOVE what you've done with your entryway. It's clean, crisp and light filled. Perfect!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations

  14. The bench is so cute! I had one similar and did the same thing-left it outside. Funny: )

  15. In love with your bench!!!!! Stop over. I posted

  16. Everything about it grabs me. I'd be interested in hearing about how it was installing the beadboard wallpaper. I bet it will look incredible and you won't want to leave it.

  17. Your bench turned out just darling and what a steal on the paint. Great tip to search the mis-tints. Thanks for linking up at the Cabin:)

  18. Hi Jennifer. I love your bench and new rug. Your entryway looks great. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Melanie @ Keep It Simple and Fun

  19. I love the mis-tint paint section! I've also found Ollie's Bargain Outlet has a lot of Valspar spray paints at only .99 a can!

  20. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.

  21. Love your bench Jennifer! Thanx for partying at THT.

  22. Such and adorable bench!! Just love it and would love to find one myself!!
    Looks great! Thanks for sharing at BWW!

  23. Nice! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  24. Love it!!!!! : ) the bench is awesome and thanks for sharing! hugs!!!!


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