I have been browsing my favorite site searching for some furniture to put in the foyer. By favorite site I mean Craigslist, naturally. Oh! And you’ll never believe what I saw the other day. Someone was trying to sell an “ARMWAR”. Oh, honey. I wish I could pat you on the head. That is so adorabley stupid. Also, I am a snob.
ANYWAY! So, I found this thing called a “Butler’s stand, early American style” and it sounded intriguing. The picture was terrible (no surprise there) (Also, Snobby McSnobberton) but it looked kind of promising, so I went to the store to check it out. I liked the idea of having somewhere for guests to hang up their coats/purses, and I liked that it had a mirror. That was about all I could tell about it from the underexposed picture.
But, when I got to the store I was disappointed. It had looked better in the terrible picture. It looked older, and in person it was clearly from the 70s. And I am sorry to say, but I really sort of hate anything from the 70s. It wasn’t a great decade for furniture, in my opinion. I’ll go ahead and throw the 80s into that group as well.
So, I left and mentally crossed it off my list of possible finds. But, for some reason it got stuck in my head and I kept thinking about it. I wondered if there was a way to make it cute. I finally decided to get it, and give it a small makeover.
1. The brass & porcelain hooks offended me. Not only did they look dated, but they called me fat and said my children were ugly.
2. That flower detail in the middle made me gag.
3. Way too grainy. I’m not a big fan of oak. To be completely honest, oak makes my eyeballs bleed.
So, I pulled off the offensive hooks and flowery trim thingies (I don’t know the proper terms for this stuff.) and painted it.
And I think I like it. I mean, I do like it. I was worried, see… This wasn’t like some great steal of a thing that only cost $20. It wasn’t expensive either, but I definitely couldn’t come here and brag that I had paid pennies for an ugly butler’s stand and had transformed it into a thing of wonder for only twenty-five dollars and seventy-nine cents.
So, I was a little nervous. But, I am quite happy with it.
The new hooks are much cuter, I think.