Antique Addition

Sep 15, 2010 + ,

This baby blue side table is:
A. A functional piece of furniture
B. A great place to rest a lamp, a book, or a hot cup of tea
C. The perfect ladder for a climbing toddler.


If you said "All of the above", you'd be correct. This is the side table we currently have in Chloe's room. When we are upstairs, we close the baby gate at the top of the stairs and leave Chloe free to explore the bedrooms and hallway. The side table unfortunately is not baby-proofed... it only took one time for me to find Chloe standing up on the second step, reaching for the bed, to realize that it needed to be replaced.

Luckily, after a day of apple picking, we decided to scoot over and catch the last two hours of the famous Christie Antique Fair. I'm so glad we did because we managed to find this little table and chair.


Its the perfect size; doesn't take up too much space and doesn't impede the door swing. I like the curvy top too and the ring-like details on the legs. I also love the colour of it... its been refinished in a nice medium tone stain (it looks a bit orange in some of these photos, but its more of a warm brown colour). But therein lies the problem - do I paint it or keep it as is?



It doesn't match anything else in the room, which is all white painted furniture, yellow walls, and a light maple dresser, and looks like this:


But I'm kinda liking the warm dark contrast. Its such a nice piece too, not cracked or worn, that I'm hesitant to paint it. But then again, I could do it in a nice French grey, that would work with the striped headboard...? What do you think - paint or not?

Whatever the finish, I definitely won't be keeping the chair there. The little one already has a mischievous look on her face and is eying the chair like its the next Mt. Everest to be tackled!

28 comments:

  1. What a fantastic find!! I agree I kind of like the contrast the wood tone brings.

    haha, and that little mischievous face is too adorable!

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  2. Haha! it was the first thing I thought: she has just replaced one climbing device with another. Then I saw the pictures at the end.

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  3. Anonymous3:46 PM

    What a great solution. Hey, our little one's bedroom also has a bed in it too. It's so nice for Mommy to have such a comfy place to lounge on for nursing and cuddling, isn't it?

    jbhat

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  4. Mississauga fan4:00 PM

    Hi - I just started following your blog and I love it! congratulations on such an inspirational site. I know you like antiques and all matter of interesting furniture. I work in Brampton and a new store just opened up near my office, it's called "Not too shabby" - really cool stuff and I already know I'm going to spend money there. anyway the girls in my office are really excited about this new place and I thought I'd mention it to you in case you ever want to do a fieldtrip to Brampton. Not sure if they have a website yet, but it's very neat shabby chic stuff with some great accessories.
    All the best and looking forward to reading more.

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  5. I'm a big fan of mixing painted and wood pieces together in a room. I think it would look great either way, it's very cute. Good call on the chair, I don't even trust my 4 1/2 year old with one in her room.
    Londen

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  6. Anonymous5:06 PM

    I say paint paint paint
    :o)
    hm

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  7. My first instinct is to paint it white or soft yellow. :) Nice find.
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  8. love it!! what a cute piece!!! i have old school desks in both of my kiddos' rooms...they just switched over from night stands to desks...now my 6 year old has a place for homework and my 4 year old loves playing school!! i think i would keep it wood...its a great color....and when you get tired of it paint it!!!

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  9. love it!! what a cute piece!!! i have old school desks in both of my kiddos' rooms...they just switched over from night stands to desks...now my 6 year old has a place for homework and my 4 year old loves playing school!! i think i would keep it wood...its a great color....and when you get tired of it paint it!!!

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  10. those stairs are great and i love that nursery! what an amazing job.

    lifespelledjen.blogspot.com

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  11. LOL I was going to suggest you paint the chair and keep the desk in a wood tone until I saw the last picture. Either way it's a nice find but if you paint it I agree a light gray would look good.

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  12. I would keep it in wood. I think this painted wood trend is a bit of a fad and some people are going to regret painting over pieces that have good wood underneath. If the wood were in bad shape then I would say paint, but that isn't the case. I love the contrast of the wood with the pastels in the rest of the room. Maybe you could introduce some other wood tones in a few places around the room (picture frames or wooden toys) to balance it out. I love the look on your daughter's face - she definitely looks bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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  13. I like the contrast of the wood .... I'd live with it for a bit before you decide to paint.

    Good idea to lose the chair .... Chloe is really eyeing it!

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  14. Great find!! I just love your nursery room.

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  15. She is just too cute. It would seem a shame to paint since it is in such good condition but grey would suit the room perfectly! I say paint!

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  16. It looks good as is however, painting it grey make it a little more edgy and modern. Hmm...

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  17. I say paint it white or grey, seeing as you don't have that wood tone anywhere else. It's a hard call though seeing as the wood is in pristine condition. She is such a cutie!

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  18. What GRACE said!

    DO **NOT** PAINT IT!!! -- PLEASE!!

    It's old and still looks like it's in great condition, Paint will only ruin it! And even if there were any "damage", I would go with a STAIN! THAT kind of Workmanship is ABOUT the Wood. Paint would be any Insult.

    At any rate, the Tone of the Wood works well in that Room. And, consider... someday, you might want to use the piece Elsewhere... SAVE yourself the future hassle of paint-stripping, sanding, varnishing, MORE sanding...

    ENJOY, the Artifact AS it was MEANT to be!!

    You *know* I'm right... ;-D

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  19. I also love it as is. The contrast adds some interest to to the room.
    The entire set was a beautiful find!

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  20. I LOOOVE IT in the room!

    Especially love the contrast of the last two pictures! Hilarious!

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  21. what a great piece! love it. I think it looks great as is in the room:) either way it will look amazing~ love little chloe's room!

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  22. Really awesome find - I would leave it as-is, it brings nice warmth to the room! And if you bring the chair back in you could put white on the seat cushion. Love the blog - just discovered it!

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  24. Love the desk, the details on the wood legs are just fantastic! I saw keep it wood, but either way looks awesome!

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  25. Love the new addition! Where is the other desk from? I love it!

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  26. Great Find! I love how you checked out the antiques before buying new. Great way to be eco-friendly and support reusing items! Fantastic room!!

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  27. You've all convinced me. We're keeping the wood (with the option of painting it down the road if we tire of it!).

    Hello Lover - the blue table was from the House & Home line sold at Home Outfitters.

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