For those of you who are still a little confused about the layout of our place, we actually live on the second floor of an old 1930s house. Therefore, when you come through the front door (on the ground level) you go up a private flight of stairs and then we have a landing up on the second floor and then another “front door” that opens to our living room. This landing has a cute little arched window and very high ceilings, and is pretty perfect for a little table, probably a mirror, and some hooks/storage for shoes, leashes, puppy raincoats, you get the idea.
So after we moved in it just looked like this..
Standing on the lower landing of the stairs looking up.
Standing inside the living room looking out toward the upper landing.
Do you recognize that roman shade (hint: it used to not be so wrinkled.. oops!) I put a black table in there that I scored at Canton back in college that I used to use as a desk. It was originally white with a matching white ladder back chair (which I also painted black). So up until this week, things had been looking like this. Boring.
I really wanted to add some color to this otherwise very blah space. So after painting my
$18.50 $17.50 mirror navy blue, I wanted the table to pop and settled on Rustoleum’s safety red. You know I love a good oil paint as evident here and here and here and I wanted a high gloss finish for this table that would catch the afternoon sun, and sort of balance out the satin finish on the mirror.
So I sanded everything with some 140 grit sandpaper and wiped everything down with a rag before painting.
I applied 2 coats of paint to the legs and 3 coats to the top for that super glassy finish. I wet sanded in between each coat using 220 grit and then wiped it down with a microfiber cloth. Wet sanding is crucial to get rid of all of your brushstrokes and inconsistencies.
This was after one coat.
After letting it cure and off-gas for 24 hours (oil is super stinky people) It was time to hang the mirror and put everything in place. But first one more before..
I scored these striped hooks at Anthropologie with my 15% off birthday discount (woo!) Mmmmm look at that gorgeous texture (barf.)
And the rug, ceramic dog, and umbrella holder were HomeGoods finds from a while back. Can you believe that rug was only $12?? PS: that bigger umbrella was a honeymoon purchase when we were caught in the rain on our first day in Rome. (Super awkward to fly with by the way!)
I just love how cheery it is. I feel like it greets us every time we come home, and for new visitors it’s like a preview of what’s to come when they go through that door. I wish I could paint the banisters black I think they would look a lot sharper that way, but that’s a lot more work than I care to put into a rental.